Next step in the stove installation is adding the hearth. We could have lined or rendered the opening first, though I decided to do the hearth and then cover the gaps round the edges with render rather than cement. This is how the installers did the stove in the playroom too.

P1030897 (Large)The hearth is black sandstone from the local building supplies merchant. We saw the slabs as part of a patio display and asked if they could be used as a hearth, which it seems they can be once they are treated with boiled linseed oil.

After leaving it for a day to let the adhesive set, we need to grout the various gaps between the slabs, which you can see in the picture below.

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