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Classic Fireplace Redesign with Dry Stack Panels

Classic Fireplace Redesign with Dry Stack Panels Last week, we shared Kerby C.'s awesome fireplace redesign. Here are some more pictures from his project. Fireplace redesign with Wellington Dry Stack panels used for the surround. "We decided to add a fireplace into our home," wrote Kerby from Nebraska. "We were originally going to use an electric insert, but after having had troubles with the initial insert being broken, we wanted to make sure we were able to get in and fix or replace the fireplace should any other problems occur." "That's when I came up with the idea for a removable face that allows us to get behind the fireplace and work on it whenever necessary." Kerby's innovative fireplace design didn't come at the expense of style - as he still managed to incorporate an intricate stonework pattern. "We knew we wanted something like ledgestone," he writes, "and after much research we came upon your Wellington Dry Stack panels.  It seemed to be the best solution for allowing the face to come off without weighing too much, or being necessary to make multiple removable sections." Kerby created an entire enclosure of 2x4s and plywood for his fireplace frame. Humble beginnings. Kerby's fireplace was created entirely from scratch. "We ordered a sample piece and were pleasantly surprised at how real the stone looks. After seeing how easy it would be to cut we decided to order the panels. We placed our fireplace in the corner, so we started by peeling back the carpet and making a base for the hearth to set the insert on." "After this, we built the frame for the insert and the removable face.  The backing is a 1/4" sheet of plywood with two 2x4 vertical braces on the back for rigidity." "To allow for removal, I placed five gate latches on the back to set the face firmly in place.  We used natural stone for the hearth and scrap pieces of this stone at the sides of the insert to cover the polyurethane backing of the panels." The panels were mounted onto the face of the removable fireplace. The panels were mounted onto the face of the removable fireplace. "The other edges of the panels are then cut 45 degrees to the wall. I set the top part of the panels first to allow for a finished edge at the top of the insert, since I could take the panel off to place the lower pieces on later." "The mantle is a piece of inch-thick oak with an oak crown molding mounted on the bottom side.  This slides under the bottom of the upper drywall wall, allowing it to lock into place and appear finished." "When we need to get into the back, the mantle slides out, the gate latches get undone, and the panel is then able to be lifted out of the way. The panel weighs only a few pounds, but appears in its finished state to be solidly built into the wall." As you can see from the photos, the results are impressive. "Thank you for your product - and for the ease with which it can be installed!" Kerby writes: "Due to this product we were able to have a solid stone look, without the hassle of having to tear it back out should anything go wrong." It gives him the best of both worlds - a classic stone-style fireplace, with the utility and economy of electric heating.