How to Apply Stone to a Fireplace or Log Cabin or TImber Frame Home

How to Apply Stone to a Fireplace or Log Cabin or TImber Frame Home


Hello my name is Bob Strosin from Golden Eagle
Log Homes. Today, I’d like to talk to you about fireplaces. On your Golden Eagle Log Home your fireplace
is included in the package, we also include the hearth stone and we include the wire mesh,
the vapor barrier and the mortar. Everything is included in that package. Let’s go out and see how easy it is to put
this cultured stone on. We’re going to put cultured stone on this
corner display, this is a saddle notch corner display and normally on a house, the rim board
would be covered with the stepped 1″ x 12″, in this case however, we’re going to upgrade
this to a cultured stone. Now, one thing we have to do in the bottom
of the log here is cut a saw kerf to slip in a flashing. Again, the felt paper in this case, will be
the vapor barrier, the metal lathe is included and also the mortar is included. Now the first step we have to do here is take
our mortar and put a scratch coat over this wire mesh. Again, we’re pushing it into that metal lathe,
this doesn’t have to be done pretty, it’s just a scratch coat. And we’ll continue with this until we get
this all covered. Now, once we have the scratch coat on, some
guys like to take a little piece of the screen and just lightly rough it up, that way when
we come to put our stone on, it’s a little easier to adhese the stone to the scratch
coat. Okay, again, we have our scratch coat on its
dried, now we’re going to put the stone on, I’ve already put the corners on, and the corners
look like this, they come in all different sizes and colors. I’ve got the corners on, it’s a good idea
to lay some stone out on the floor, they come in all kinds of different shapes, sizes and
colors and you’re going to have to be able to match it up. And we’re going to start out putting a piece
on here. You don’t want to get too much on but you
need to get enough for it to stick, what we’re going to do is push it into place here and
wiggle it around a little bit , pushing that mortar, filling all of the voids. And you usually have to hold it for a few
seconds. And we got our first stone on and we are going
to take our next stone and same thing. If you have a little excess mortar on your
stone here, when you hold it out, just kind of wipe it off. Be careful so you don’t get a lot of mortar
on the face of the stone because that will satin it and it will always be there.Again,
you just have to kind of look at your stones, try to find the size and shape and color that’s
going to fit in there the best. There, putting cultured stone on is just as
easy as that. Now, we’re going to let this set, we’re going
to come back tomorrow and we’re going to grout in between all the stone. Now, we have our cultured stone on, we let
that sit and dry for a day and now we’re going to grout all the joints. And for this particular job, what we’re going
to use just a grout bag they do make a electric grouting machine, if you have a lot of grouting
to do, they’re well worth the money, but for this small project here, we’re just going
to use a small grouting bag and this works in the same process as a pastry bag for decorating
cakes. And what we’re going to do is just squeeze
on the bag and grout in our stone. There. Now, we’re going to let that set and dry for
a while and then we’re going to come back and strike it off. Okay, now that we have let this set up a little
bit and the mud is a little bit stiffer, I’m just going to take a stick and I’m going to
along and even out and push in the mud that I just put on with the grout bag. All I’m doing is just kind of evening it out
a little bit, making sure there’s no gaps or holes. When you’re striking the joints off you don’t
have to worry about getting it perfectly smooth. If it’s a little bit rough, that’s not a problem. What you’re going to do is let that set up
again for a little bit longer, let it dry a little bit more and then just take a brush
and lightly go over and brush your joints, taking particular care that if you have any
mortar on your stone, make sure you wipe that off so it doesn’t stain it. There, we have the stone all brushed off and
it looks great that’s how we cover a rim, now, remember on your Golden Eagle log home,
not only your fireplace comes with the package but also the stone, the hearthstone, the wire
mesh, the vapor barrier and the mortar, and as you can see it’s very easy to put on.

8 thoughts on “How to Apply Stone to a Fireplace or Log Cabin or TImber Frame Home

  • Cultured Stone is a crime against nature…… its like polishing a turd…….

    Natural stone, or natural "Thinstone" is much better……… leave the cultured stone for the trailer houses…….. good demonstration however.

  • That depends on the depth of the stone in place. If it is cultured stone it can be removed with chisle as it is only about 3 inches deep to a flat surface.

    If solid stone, consider how deep you will have to go to remove it. Might be easier to fill in solid with mortar/grout and create a smooth surface.

  • With the right materials you can create a pattern and set a tone for the room and possibly the rest of the home. These are also quite common for people to use and are some of the more traditional types. You can use either dark or light woods to make it more elegant or subdued. The best thing about using this material is that it helps to create a rustic fireplace – which is great for log cabins or people who want this type of theme in their home.

  • This model makes no sense…..who puts a fireplace under the corner of their building? It looks like you are dressing up the foundation.

  • Christopher Christopher You are so right the corner shows an idea to dress up the foundation or otherwise known as the rim joist. People even use this stone on interior and exterior walls, desk fronts, snack bar island fronts, for wainscot, porch post bottoms, deck post bottoms I even saw some in a shower one time. The product is not only for fireplace chases . Thanks for watching

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