We demoed a 70's stone fireplace and re-framed where we had a lot of rot. I'm planning to buy or build a surround/mantle and incorporate some stone or tile in the end.
I'm wondering what the next step should be. Should I put durock right up against the black face of this prefab fireplace? Or can I put mastic and tile right up against this? I'm concerned obviously because of the heat. Or do I need to buy some kind of a metal prefab trim/surround type thing? There were brass doors there before that we removed and threw away. I just don't know anything about prefab fireplaces and finishing them.