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How to Install a Wood Mantel Shelf for a Stone Fireplace

Updated February 21, 2017

Wood mantels are beautiful above fireplaces, especially if surrounded by stone. But getting the mantel up onto the stone can be intimidating, especially if you have never hung one before. But it can be done. With all the right supplies and equipment you are off to a good start. Now you just need clear direction on what to do. Soon, your fireplace will pop with that beautiful mantel that you hung.

Locate the area where you want your mantel. Check your local building codes for regulations. Most mantels should be 20 inches or higher from the top of the fireplace opening.

Determine where the fireplace flue is. Do not drill holes within 10 to 12 inches of the flue.

Drill 3 to 4 holes into the stone, depending on length of your mantel, using the concrete bit. Drill the holes 4 inches deep.

Fill the holes with a high-temperature epoxy. Place 7-inch-by-3/4-inch threaded studs into the holes.

Drill holes on the back side of the mantel with a 3/4-inch wood bit. Fill holes with high-temperature epoxy. As quickly as you can, attach the back of the mantel to the bolts that are sticking out from the stone. Push the mantel hard against the stone. Allow the epoxy to cure for 24 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Power drill
  • 3/4-inch concrete bit
  • High-temperature epoxy
  • Wood screws
  • 7-inch-by-3/4-inch threaded studs
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About the Author

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.