Solid fuel is the application of burning logs or coal in a fire surround. Marble Hearths can not be used for solid fuel, however Granite Hearths are suitable 1. Granite Hearths (as shown in the image) need to be modified to allow for the expansion and contraction created during the extreme heat. Granite hearths are cut and rejoined into three or more sections, this allows for the heat to escape between purpose built expansion joints. The back of the hearth is frequently filled with cement to make the hearth denser and absorb some of the intense heat, and prevent the risk of cracking. 2. The Granite back panel is also cut and rejoined into sections to allow for expansion and contraction. The back panel is also filled with cement. It is common to insert a trim, to cover the depth of the back panel. 3. Due to the process involved the hearth and panel once slabbed are very heavy and often difficult to handle. Some firms will supply both the hearth and panel ready for slabbing (before adding cement) to lower costs. In our opinion it is preferable to have this process carried out in a factory, as few homes and installers have cement mixers and cement vibration mixers which are needed.

Typical cost of Granite Hearth & Back panel for solid fuel:

On average we charge an additional £100 per piece that needs to be slabbed (cut and rejoined and filled with cement) on top of the value of the marble or granite hearth and panel. We charge £50 extra per piece (on top of the value of the Granite hearth/panel) if we simply cut and rejoin the pieces, and do not fill with cement.

Useful tip:

Most hearth and back panels can fit into a standard car. It is advisable to collect goods from our factory as this will save money, and typically we can offer you a discount of up to £50.