How to Make a Ceramic Tile Wood Stove Surround

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Wood stoves can help heat your home and you can make an attractive, functional hearth and stove surround with ceramic tile for much less than the prefabricated surrounds. Choose tile that compliments your adjoining decor from the hundreds of styles available. Be creative.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Utility knife
  • Cement board
  • Screws and driver
  • Ceramic or natural stone tiles
  • Thin-set mortar (buy premixed, it's easier)
  • Notched trowel
  • Tile spacers
  • Grout
  • Sponge
  • Grout haze remover
  • Two-inch by four-inch lumber
  • Angle iron
  • Paint, stain and brushes

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    Decide where to put your wood stove. If you put it in a corner, you will make a corner stove surround that will take more material, but the result can be stunning.

  2. 2

    Follow local building codes and the stove manufacturer's specifications to decide how large to make the surround, but try to make it to the nearest foot, to avoid having to cut tiles.

  3. 3

    Mark the location for the stove surround and cut the baseboard at the points where it intersects the marks and remove it, so your pad will be flush with the wall.

  4. 4

    Lay a piece of cement board on the floor and secure with screws. You may have to cut and remove carpet and padding first.

  5. 5

    Place another piece of cement board perpendicular to the one on the floor along the wall and secure with screws to the wall studs. If you're working with a corner, place another piece of cement board on the adjoining wall.

  6. 6

    Trowel out thin-set adhesive beginning with a two-foot by two foot area in the corner of the cement board on the floor, following directions on thin-set container.

  7. 7

    Set a piece of tile even with the corner of the cement board on the floor and flush with the cement board on the wall. Place ceramic tile spacers next to the first piece of tile and butt another tile up to the spacers. Continue this process until you have all cement board covered with tile.

  8. 8

    Let the tile adhesive set for 24 hours, then grout the joints. Use a tile haze remover to remove any remains of grout from the tiles.

  9. 9

    Make a frame for your stove surround and hearth pad out of painted or stained two-inch by four-inch lumber. Attach the frame to the cement board with screws. Cover the inside edges of the wood with painted angle iron to protect the wood from hot embers.

Tips and warnings

  • Use screws made for cement board. They countersink themselves and won't cause your tile to lay unevenly.
  • Measure for the frame and have the boards and angle iron cut to length by the store to save time cutting them yourself, but ensure your measurements are precise. Measure twice, cut once.
  • Wear household rubber gloves and provide adequate ventilation when working with grout and adhesives.

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