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beaver

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Hi Guys
I have just had a new brick fireplace built in an olde world/inglenook style and intend to put a hardwood mantle across the top of it, it will only be a couple of inches thick, can anyone suggest a suitable species that wont moved to much given the heat that will rise.
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jordec66

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The key is to make sure that the hardwood you use has a very low moisture content when you fit it. I have a log burner with an 8"
oak lintel above , when I first fitted , it was about 9" thick green oak , the shrinkage was a lot more than I had expected. The oak beam
has now stabilised and looks great , it is a very suitable species for this purpose.
 

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Thanks for the reply, green oak was my first thought, so you have just confirm it. green oak it is.
 
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