so you've got a comfy cozy wood stove, but now what do you put behind it? can't necessarily use dry wall, unless you like your house on fire. you could keep the cement board on, even though it's ugly as sin. why not put a rock wall in?
this Instructable will show you step by step how to put up a rock wall and make your house a home, all for under 50 bucks (if the cement board is already up).
you will need the following materials for a 8 x 12 wall
6 80 pounds of Type S Mortar Stucco Mix
4 pounds of 3 inch decking screws
30 one inch by five inch metal tie downs
150 or more rocks (see step one for specifics)
a five gallon bucket
a trowel (we found a flat drywall trowel worked best)
plastic sheeting (to put on the floor)
Step 1: get your rocks
we're lucky enough to have a stream running through our property, so all we did was jump down into the stream and grab a bunch of flat rocks.
here are the keys for good rocks for a rock wall
flat (no bumps greater than an inch larger than the rest of the rock)
thin (no thicker than 2 inches)
relatively small (rocks should be at most one foot by one foot large, they are hard to put up when they are larger than this.
how many rocks will you need?
that depends on the size of the wall you are attempting. ours was 8x12 and we got approximately 150 rocks of varying sizes.