By Theresa from Vienna, VA on April 16, 2014
What is the minimum clearance required above a fireplace insert to bottom of mantel surround? I see that the height for #140 and #120 are both 42 inches, which seems a bit short for the insert that I have in my space.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 16, 2014
Answer:The clearances required will actually depend entirely on the model of the fireplace insert itself. Depending on how it is designed and insulated, clearances can be as little as 6 inches or as great as 30 inches. If you would like to provide the manufacturer name and model number of the insert, I will be happy to check into this further.
By Mike from Stratford, CT on September 12, 2013
This mantel is perfect for size width-wise. My overall height is 52". Would it be possible for me to reduce the size by cutting 5" from the legs?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 12, 2013
Answer:Yes. The cut could be made to the legs just above the plinth blocks at the base, in order to retain their use. If the use of the blocks is not a concern, the 5 inches could be cut from them instead.
By Susan from MN on September 18, 2015
What is the width at the base by the footings measured on the outside of this Pearl Mantels 120 WIndsor unfinished fireplace mantel surround?
By eFireplaceStore on September 18, 2015
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the width just above the plinth blocks is 61 1/2 inches on the 48 inch model and 69 1/2 inches on the 56 inch model.
By Bill Engel from Ocean City, Md. on August 27, 2012
What number sandpaper do I use on the unfinished wood? The instructions say to sand and wipe down with damp cloth, but give no indication of which grit to use.
I will be painting the mantel, so is sanding even necessary?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 27, 2012
Answer:Generally, these unfinished mantels will require little sanding preparation prior to finishing. However, should the unit have minor imperfections in the surface, it's best to use a 150 grit sandpaper for finishing purposes. It is NOT recommended to use anything coarser than 120 grit on unfinished wood, as unwanted reveals in the wood surface can result.
By Scott from Florida on January 21, 2012
Our fireplace granite surround measures 62.5" wide, 48" high. Would one of these mantels work? I am confused about what is meant by the outside leg dimension.
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 23, 2012
Answer:The outside leg dimension is simply the extreme width measurement of one of these mantels, from the outside of one leg to the outside of the other. The wider of these two units only boasts an interior width dimension of 56". As such, a portion of your granite surround would be covered by the mantel. Also, the interior height of this mantel is only 42". If these interior dimensions will work with your fireplace opening and you don't mind some of your granite covered, then this unit will work for you.
By Tim from Los Angeles on February 23, 2014
How does it attach to the wall?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 24, 2014
Answer:The unit will come with a mounting cleat that must first be leveled and attached to the mounting surface. The mantel legs will then need to be fastened to the breastboard. Lastly, the entire assembly can be pushed into position on the wall cleat.
By David from Carlsbac, CA on October 31, 2013
I am looking to purchase the large version and have it set to 50" opening and 38" in height. Can that be done by you?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 31, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not offer custom sizing for their mantels. The unit would have to be cut down to size by a finish carpenter.
By Jean from NJ on February 28, 2015
Can this mantel surround be attached to a brick wall?
By Brennan W. on March 2, 2015
Answer:This can indeed be attached to a brick surface. The mantel comes with a mounting board that is drilled directly into the wall. The mantel legs will then need to be fastened to the mounting board. Lastly, the entire assembly can be pushed into position on the mounting board.
By Linda from Toledo, Oregon on February 25, 2012
This is perfect for our needs, but we have existing brick to ceiling we would like to not tear into. Does this product or something similar come with an interior measurement of 60 inches?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 27, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, we do not offer this mantle or any other in a 60" interior width. 56" is as close as we come.