Stone Masonry Fireplace Designs
Solid As A Rock!

The stone masonry fireplace has been a fixture in all manner of dwellings from cottages to castles for centuries . . . . .

stone masonry fireplace

. . . . . . . From rugged and rustic to refined and regal, it has served its occupants well as both a source of heat and a center for cooking.

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stone masonry fireplace




More recently,  it has functioned as a decorative element and a gathering area  for  entertaining family and friends . . . . . or simply as a place to go when you want to relax. The cozy river stone fireplace below is a "picture perfect" example of a present-day all masonry hearth.

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A  stone masonry fireplace  is solid and substantial and weighs up to six or seven tons . . . or more.  Utilizing a combination of stone or concrete, brick and firebrick to construct the foundation and firebox,  and clay tiles to line the  chimney  flue,  the  exterior  of the fireplace and chimney is clad with stone. Extremely durable, it is designed to last a very long time.

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The  stone  used  to  clad  the  exterior  comes  in a wide variety of types, sizes,  shapes,  textures,  colors  and finishes . . . . . . . offering a virtually limitless range of design options.  Even the same stone type can be manip-
ulated by human hands . . . . . by cutting and splitting . . . . . to achieve a variety of different looks.  For example, the fireplaces below are both made of  granite.     However,  while  the example on the left is constructed with boulders  and  large stone slabs for a very rugged appearance,  the one on the right looks a little less rugged by using slightly smaller stones  --  albeit in  random  sizes  and  irregular  shapes  --  that  have been roughly cut or split . . . . . . .

stone masonry fireplace
stone masonry fireplace




stone masonry fireplace

. . . while the granite stones in the fireplace at right have been rather uniformly  cut  and  assembled  in courses or rows for a more refined  look.

Granite is available in a rainbow of colors and beautiful patterns  and textures,  which  it  gets from the minerals  comprising  it,   such  as quartz  and  various feldspars and micas. Due to varying mineral com-
positions from one geographic area
to another, the coloration and pat-
terning of granite often varies from
one area to another, as well.


Fieldstone  also  comes in a wide range of colors and hues which vary from region to region. And, as with granite, it can also be manipulated by human hands to achieve a variety of different looks, as shown in the examples be-
low.   The beautiful example on the right (top row) is by master stone arti-
san Lew French. See more extraordinary stone fireplace designs by Lew French!

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For  a  more formal looking stone masonry fireplace,  limestone  is a popular choice.    A very durable building material,  limestone has a uniform texture and  grade,  and  its color mellows and blends into a pleasing natural patina that actually improves with age.   A unique characteristic of some types of limestone  is the fossils and seashells often found embedded in the surface, adding an organic element.

The  European and European-inspired designs pictured below show some of the looks that can be created with a limestone mantel and surround.

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stone masonry fireplace




stone masonry fireplace
stone masonry fireplace

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And last, but far from least . . . . . is the interior of the firebox,  itself  . . . . which offers a myriad of additional opportunities to create a distinctive and  uniquely  per-
sonal stone masonry fireplace design.  As shown below, the firebrick used to line the  firebox  is  available  in  a range of sizes and colors and can be set in a variety of lovely patterns to put the finishing touch on your stone
hearth!

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stone masonry fireplace

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