What is the beam above a fireplace called?

Mantel in modern English largely does one job: it refers to the shelf above a fireplace. They both derive from the Latin word mantellum, which refers both to a cloak and to a beam or stone supporting the masonry above a fireplace.

What is the best wood to use for a fireplace mantel?

Walnut is a popular choice for fireplace mantels. It is a harder and heavier type of wood than most and is extremely durable. The rich dark brown wood is an excellent for an impressive fireplace mantel. Hickory is also a great choice for a fireplace mantel if you are going for a unique look.

How far should mantle stick out?

The proportions of your mantel in relationship to your fireplace are important. Generally, your mantel should extend a minimum of three inches beyond the opening of your fireplace.

How are fireplace mantels attached?

Since neither option is very sturdy, we recommend you attach the mantel to a cleat—a simple piece of lumber securely fastened to the wall. One cleat runs horizontally under the mantel shelf, and the others run vertically inside the legs (most mantels are hollow in back).

Do all fireplaces have mantel?

Of course, not every fireplace needs to be finished with a conventional mantel. For a more monolithic appearance, a fireplace can be resurfaced in concrete or natural stone in the same way.

Why do fireplaces have mantles?

Why Do Fireplaces Have Mantels? The purpose of a fireplace mantel was traditionally to catch smoke before it entered the room from the firebox of an open fireplace, but mantels in more modern times are used primarily for decorative and aesthetic purposes.

What is a floating mantel?

As the name suggests, a floating mantel is a fireplace mantel that appears to be floating on your wall, usually above a fireplace. Floating wood mantels are typically hung at a height of 54 in. to 64 in.

What is the clearance for a fireplace mantel?

12 inches
All combustible mantel surrounds, and shelves must be kept at least 12 inches from the opening of your fireplace (top and sides). In addition, if the side panels of your mantel project more than 1-1/2 inches from the fireplace facing, you will need additional clearance equal to this projection.

Where to get the best oak fireplace beams?

When it comes to oak beams, as the business name suggests, we’re experts. We offer a comprehensive range of fully finished oak fireplace beams to choose from. All fireplace beams are hand crafted from scratch in our North Yorkshire based workshop.

Where can I get oak fireplace mantels and shelves?

At Oakfield Beams & Framing, we have an extensive supply of fireplace mantels, shelves, beams and oak fire surrounds. With finishes ranging from contemporary to rustic, we are certain we can supply just what you are looking for.

How to choose the best oak mantel beams?

We offer a full range of treatment and finishes and can also supply an extensive choice of Oak Corbels to compliment your Oak Mantel. All our Oak Beam Mantels are expertly finished by craftsmen but will still contain all the natural and distinctive characteristics of Beam Oak, with knots, checks and splits to be expected. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What kind of mantel beams are used for fireplaces?

All our Solid Oak Beam Mantels are unique in appearance and are available with a range of options. . . . . . . . . .