I'm getting ready to build a fireplace surround to cover a brick floor
to ceiling fireplace. There are some places where 1x4 will be edge
butted vertically against the brick. The 1x4 is true on the edge, the
brick is not. So, I guess I need to either carefully cope out the 1x4
or use a caulk for beading between the wood edge and the brick. Any
suggestions on the type of caulk or beading? I'm using birch for this
project that will be stained a dark cherry. Is there any caulk that can
take a stain?
Thanks for all suggestions.
There are code requirements limiting how closely combustibles can be to
a fireplace opening, so you should look into those requirements before
sizing the fireplace opening. As far as the caulk, It's unlikely that
you will be able to stain the caulk to give anything more than a very
rough approximation of the stained wood. It's probably preferable cope
the wood. If you're set on using caulk, a color-matched tile caulk
would be your best bet. Try a real tile store - they usually stock a
dozen colors and can get more.
I advise checking with the local inspector before proceeding in any case.
In my case, the brick facade from about 16 inches above the opening and down
to the floor was part of the chimney structure (no thermal break). The AHJ
here insisted that there be no wood in contact with the masonry in that area,
even beyond the required clearance from the opening. It seems the wood framed
walls on either side of the structure were as close as he'd allow wood to get
to the opening.
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