How to tile a hearth

By Julian Patrick

Hearth Tiles

I am not going to go into tiling a hearth in detail for now – there are plenty of articles on cutting and applying tiles.

tiling a hearth

Almost any tiles will do – remember they have been in a kiln so will be able to resist the heat of a stove! (I often get asked if tiles have to be special heat proof versions).

You can purchase proper hearth tiles (bevelled edges) and these can be seen in the picture on the left.

Create a concrete hearth (use wooden shuttering to box the mix in then remove when the concrete is dry). What I then do is dot and dab a sheet of 7mm Hardiebacker concrete board to the top of the concrete hearth (use a spirit level and make sure you PVA both surfaces, concrete and Hardiebacker). The concrete board gives you a perfectly flat surface on which to tile (always PVA concrete board).

Grout. Leave to dry. Voila!

By Julian Patrick

Julian Patrick is the author of The Stovefitter's Manual and an experienced wood burning stove installer (including solid fuel heating systems).

Laid down tools in 2013 to write The Stove Fitter's Manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut). Launched Stovefitter's Warehouse soon after due to fast growth of sales.

Own stove is a DG Ivar 5.


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Julian Patrick, author of the Stovefitter's Manual

Stovefitter's Warehouse is owned and managed by Julian Patrick, blogger and author of The Stove Fitter's Manual. Julian was previously a full-time installer of wood-burning stoves (including solid fuel heating systems). He laid down the tools in 2013 to write his stove manual and open a small shop in North Wales (the Wood Stove Hut, soon to grow into The Stovefitter's Warehouse).

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