I am planning to re-do our fireplace interior brick facing to stone and am trying to decide which is better: Tearing out the brick and re-building with stone or using a faux stone veneer and covering the brick. The existing brick work was poorly done by the previous owner. It has a metal heatolater firebox. I installed an Osburn 1800 wood stove last winter and it worked fine. I just took the stove out to re-do the brick and not knowing much about veneer choices, I am concerned that if I cover the brick, it will be too much added weight to the floor, etc. Since I am sheetrocking the walls I opened up the wall above the fireplace to check the chimney and it looks fine.The basement is finished and I cannot see below the hearth. The hearth is concrete and is raised off the floor 5 inches. I do not know what thickness the fake veneer comes. Is it like tile? I have seen some very thick pieces on the Internet and they look heavy. I have attached a picture. I'm not sure if by removing all the brick, if anything can be damaged behind it. I can see behind it in some spots and it looks like it is just stacked up. I plan on using blue stone on the hearth. To be hinest I really don't feel like tearing all the brick out unless I have to. I thought about knocl off the bricks that are sticking out and making it as flat as possible, then using a veneer.......If anyone has any thoughts or experience, your suggestions will be much appreciated!