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Which type of slate hearth do I need?

Which type of slate hearth do I need?

We manufacture natural slate hearths in various, but generally standard, sizes although as we actually cut them we can make to your required dimensions. Generally this is required to cover up where there has been an existing hearth and a concrete bed is still in place.  We cut slightly bigger to lie over this, especially if your are having a timber floor. 

The thickness of the slate itself is 20mm and a grey/ black colour with natural flaws.  These can be tiny speckles of dark grey, but after continuous oiling they will blend. 

 

Uses and prices

A single piece hearth is the cheapest - one that is not being used other than for decorative reasons - and falls into a standard depth, which is 15" or 380 mm x a normal length which is up to 60" or 1520 mm.  The cost here is £195 + vat.

Raised hearth. Often people like a hearth height where the carpets are lower.  For this we plinth the hearth by a further 20mm underneath so it comes to 40mm height.  The regulations to burn a decorative glass effect fire require this height.  The cost is a further £38 + vat.

Fuel burning fire. For burning solid fuel, either logs, coal, or both, it starts to get a bit more complicated.  The regulations state that the hearth must be stacked (under the stacking is a vemiculite base).  This lifts the hearth to 60mm.  To reduce or eliminate cracking the hearth has to be cut into three and then put back together and the plinthing and additonal base does this.  The cost to do this is a further £78 + vat.

Extra sized hearths.  We buy a slab of slate at 30" (760mm) so from this we can normally cut two hearths.  If the hearth is longer than 15" (380 mm) we can cut only one hearth from the piece and there is a subsequent increase in price which varies with the size you require.

 

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