Needing a new hearth

For our new home, we wanted to install a new pellet stove. We had a pellet stove in our old home for over 10 years and really enjoyed it. They are easy to load, easy to start, have very nice heat, and can still be used when the power is out with a simple battery backup.

Our new home had a propane heater insert that was not large enough to fit the pellet stove, so we modified it. 

We purchased flagstone from a nearby landscaping store. The stone varied in size and shape, with the thickness ranging from about 1″ – 2.5″. The amount of stone we used for this project cost about $50-$55. We also purchased a bag of blended mason mix type S which cost about $7.25. Everything else we used for this project was from scraps laying around the house.

So in total, the hearth cost us about $63.

This was my first time setting stone.

Demolition

Propane Heater being replaced
Propane Heater being replaced
Removed old propane heater
Removed old propane heater
Removing old 'rock'
Removing old ‘rock’
First Clean up
First Clean up

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New Hearth Base

Built foundation with 2x4s
Built foundation with 2x4s
Leaving a small 'treasure'
Leaving a small ‘treasure’
3/4" plyboard
3/4″ plyboard
Durock or Hardiebacker
Durock or Hardiebacker

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Shaping Stones

Making a cardboard template
Making a cardboard template
Playing 'which piece goes where'
Playing ‘which piece goes where’
A good start
A good start
Some stones I shaped with a hammer
Some stones I shaped with a hammer
Not bad :-)
Not bad 🙂
Some stones I shaped with a diamond cutting blade
Some stones I shaped with a diamond cutting blade
Checking the fit
Checking the fit

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Setting Flagstone

Prepping to set side pieces
Prepping to set side pieces
Setting side pieces
Setting side pieces
Setting side pieces
Setting side pieces
Wetting backs and edges of stone
Wetting backs and edges of stone
Drying
Drying
Final Check for Level
Final Check for Level
Not Bad for a first timer :-D
Not Bad for a first timer 😀
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