As a stovefitter I (and customers) get very frustrated that we often cannot fit a wooden beam above a fireplace due to the stringent Building regulations. These regulations state that a beam must be 15″ or 18″ away from the stove’s flue pipe (see my article Distance to Combustibles).
Newman Fireplace’s beams are made of concrete but look like wood – and I mean REALLY look like wood. In fact they had me completely fooled at a trade show as I pointed out to one of the staff that I really liked their beams but that I would not be able to fit them as per their display due to Building Regulations. When she told me that they were concrete I thought she was joking.
As their brochure says: “authentic finish even includes the typical marking you would find in an old beam, including shakes, holes and end grain etc.
Non combustible. No warping over time.Three standard sizes. Made to measure lengths available.