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How To Build A Stone Fireplace Without Using A Mason

Posted on July 12, 2013

From a first glimpse at the title you may think: “how is it possible to build a stone fireplace without masonry work?!” but you will be surprised to know that it is attainable and quite easy.

The warmth of a fireplace doesn’t always come from the heat radiated by this centrally-designed piece but often from the visual appeal it creates in a room. Any other alternative to a complete interior design will probably not produce the same result. A stone fireplace located in a prominent area of the room is probably going to positively impact the overall décor and design.

Let’s get to the important part of this article. Looking at this completed fireplace you would not guess that faux materials were used to build it.

There are a few faux choices that can be considered. The main focus of this list is to help you decide which product will not require a mason or masonry work. If you have ever dealt with such a process you know why many people try to avoid it.

Finished Jog

Finished Jog Using Mortar-less Stone

Cast Stone is a fairly new material that was introduced about eight decades ago to create a specific stone look without having to harvest particular shapes for real stone. Just cultured stone these materials are made using different types of aggregates like crushed rocks and pebbles with a bonding agent varying from Portland cement to concrete and even gypsum.

Although they adhere to the ASTM international standards, the natural properties of them cannot prevent water absorption. Some tests reveal that they can absorb up to 8.3% or moisture.

This, combined with a freeze and thaw test which produces poor results, doesn’t always make cast stone a viable solution. This too would require some masonry work.

The example in the above image shows how synthetic materials like polyurethane can make the creation of a faux stone fireplace a much easier process.


  1. Although these products do not require a wall preparation, you may need to clean any dirt or oily substances off the existing surface.
  2. Layout the faux stone around the area where it needs to be installed, as a dry run. This way you can decide where to place the panels and reduce the amount of water.

Preparation And Framing


  1. If you plan to use corner pieces you should install them with just one nail. You may need to remove them temporarily.
  2. Starting from the left side of the wall, grab the first panel and cut off the interlocking part on the left edge (if you have the products with the zigzag pattern) and install it with adhesive tubes and some nails.
  3. All the next pieces will interlock nicely with each other.
  4. If you have an outlet, window, or door you can easily cut the faux stone with any saw, electric or handheld. Use one of the trims available in the catalogs to trim the openings and cover the exposed edges of the panels.
  5. When arriving at the right end of the wall you will need to cut the last panel, on the right side of it.
  6. If you continue with the stone to the next wall, you will need to add either and inside or outside corner, also available in the catalog.
  7. If not going all the way to the ceiling and creating some sort of wainscoting you can stop at any height and cap the top edge with a ledger trim. This is easily done with some adhesive and screws as well.

The project at this point should be completed.
You will not use any mortar and not deal with paints, dust or masons.

It’s that easy.

Fake Rock Wall Panels For Stone Fireplace

Posted on May 1, 2012

For many of us, the word fake is usually associated with something negative, of lesser quality. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to faux stone things are quite different.

Whether you are a builder or contractor looking to reface a wall with cladding materials or a homeowner trying to create a fireplace design, most likely you will not entertain the possibility of using artificial stone because of the negative perception of those terms.

Faux StoneFake Rock

As we can see, some faux stone, also called fake rock wall panels, are quite stunning. They reproduce every small detail of the original stone while adding quite a few benefits. When creating a stone fireplace with faux rock wall panels there are a few things any contractor or homeowner can avoid, resulting in substantial savings. For once, when using fake rock products the weight of each stone is greatly reduced therefore there is no need to worry about supporting the floor with additional beams.
When using real rocks it becomes a arduous process to find each stone to fit, to create a harmonious look. When using faux rock panels for fireplaces we can see how the panels interlock with each other, creating a seamless look and without having to worry about the configuration.

Another great benefit is that anyone can create a faux rock wall look without having to learn how to cut stone or investing in expensive masonry tools.

In the project above, the homeowner was very thrilled with the product. One of is comment was: "I will never go back to regular stone".

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