Faux corner fireplace surround with landscape bricks?

Any thoughts on creating a corner surround for one of those electric or gel pack, *ventless* fireplace inserts...using landscape brick? I was thinking: create frame for insert with 2x4s (I have a ton of them laying around) ...I have a nice, *natural*, hunk of wood for the top already but I was trying to come up with something SUPER easy for making the front look nice: landscape block? I see many nice looking structures built of just stacked up landscape blocks and what? are they GLUED together? Just stacked up with like a row on the bottom/front for a hearth? I am sure doing it in the middle of a wall instead of having to cut blocks for a corner would be easier but the way my windows are, the only place I can do it is in a corner as I am putting the TV on it and we have cut block in the past so we can do that part of it :)  I tried to find some examples on the internet and here at Instructables and haven't seen anyone try this yet.... Any thoughts anyone?

orksecurity6 years ago
I'd agree with Aeray. Floors can hold more weight than you might think (a piano, for example, or 20 200-pound adults at a party plus the furnishings ), but since you don't need to risk it, you probably _shouldn't_ risk it... at least not without spending money on having an engineer evaluate whether your building can handle that load.

Brick tile would be another alternative for putting a realistic facade on this mock fireplace.

Or you could do it all out of wood, either doing a trompe l'oeil treatment to simulate stonework/brick or just doing a nice wood facade and painting the enclosure a flat black to simulate a metal firebox.

You might want to websearch gas fireplaces (or look at some in a store) to get some ideas for designs. They're solving essentially the same problem, after all. And I think I have seen some designs intended to sit in the corner of a room.

BTW, garden structures are held together in several ways. Low ones may be able to count on the weight of the landscape blocks to hold them together, especially if the blocks are designed to interlock. Others may pin the blocks together with rebar, or use concrete/cement as an adhesive.
aeray6 years ago
You need to make doubly sure that the floor where you are planning on installing this can take the weight, as keystone landscape blocks weigh about 35 pounds each. If you put 20 or so in the corner, it may damage the floor structure, perhaps catastrophically. A better (lighter, more attractive) option might be an engineered stone façade over framing and cement backerboard. Engineered stone is actually pretty easy to work with and you don't need many tools.