Tiling a fireplace

Questions:
1) this fireplace is used, is there a recommended type of tile, thinset and grout for heat?
2) one standard fireplace, what is the preferred surface: straight thinset mortar, a wire mesh first?
Thanks!
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are you talking about the outside around it and the hearth?
i did one of these. the tile doesn't get too hot, you can use any tiles, thinset, or grout. you can't use mastic.
i attached cement board first on mine. you didn't specify what you are tiling over yet. i had large slump blocks that were about 1" from the bottom of the grout to the top of the tile to even out.
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