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In this page, you can find articles about fireplace mantels that help you select your perfect mantel, video and text installation instructions that show you how to install your mantel, and fireplace codes that help you make your mantel conformed to the fireplace codes, etc.
Fireplace Mantel styles - Form, Function, and Design Through the Years
Article by John Pham
The fireplace mantel is familiar to us all as a symbol of home and comfort. Yet as universal as the fireplace mantel may seem, it has meant different things at different times in history- serving once not only as a source of heat, but as a means of cooking, with some fireplace mantels reaching an enormous width that could accommodate several cooks and roasting joint. Fireplace mantel or simply mantel, also known as fireplace surround, hood, or any other similar projection, usually ornamented, that surround the opening of a fireplace that directs smokes to the chimney flue originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the decorative framework, usually stone, around the fireplace, and can include elaborate designs extending to the ceiling, also known as over-mantels. Mantel is now the general term for the jambs, mantel shelf, and external accessories of a fireplace. For many centuries, the mantel was the most ornamental and most artistic feature of a room, but as fireplaces have become smaller, and modern methods of heating have been introduced, its artistic as well as its practical significance has ... Read the full article >

Fireplace Mantels - The Early styles
Article by John Pham
In the early evolution of the fireplace mantel - from the primitive wood or peat fire lit on a slab of stone during the Saxon times through the mediaeval period when the fireplace mantel evolved into a considerably more efficient edifice - the most important room was the common hall. The Saxon dwelling, whether it was a royal castle, a manor house, or a lowly one-room cottage, was built around the fireplace. Rooms could be added on at different stages of the life of the house, but the fireplace was the hub of early English domestic life, providing heat to cook food, boil water and warm the inhabitants. The common hall was usually on the ground floor, and was open to the roof. The fire would be placed in the center of the room and the smoke would drift out through open windows, crevices in the eaves - or sometimes through a hole in the roof created for this purpose. Coal was less objectionable than wood when burnt in close quarters like this, but the residents would have had to sleep around the fire at night to keep warm, so even when using coal life must have been very uncomfortable. Recessed fireplaces with ... Read the full article >

Fireplace codes
Municipal building codes are more strictly enforced as they relate to fireplaces than they are for many other decorative additions in a house. The codes require the utmost in safety considerations because even when a fireplace is built exactly to code, it represents one of the biggest dangers inside a residential building. Always check with your specific municipal codes to make sure that you are not going to be in violation, whether you are installing a new fireplace or replacing one.
All the mantels on this web site will meet building codes in most areas of the United States. It is the customer's responsibility to contact their local building code authority on fireplace mantels to determine if the the mantel opening and the hearth extensions meet the local building codes on fireplace mantels. If there is no code for mantel openings in relation to firebox openings in your particular area, we strongly suggest the mantel surrounds meet the National Building ... Read the full Fireplace Code - National Standards >

Video #1: Installation of a cast stone mantel over a metal firebox
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Video #2: Installation of a cast stone mantel over a brick or masonry firebox
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