We are going to replace our home-made wood stove with a new one, and have decided it is a good time to rebuild the hearth too. Right now the hearth is 4'x4', brick and mortar from the crawl space up into the living room. On top of the final mortar layer is tile (several of which have broken, which is one of the reasons we want to rebuild it).
My question is, how should we go about replacing the tile with stone? Can we just remove the tile and then put new mortar on top of the old mortar to secure the stone with? The mortar appears to be concrete (about 2" thick).
Also, does anyone have suggestions on the best stone to use and what thickness? (e.g., bluestone caps, treads, slabs, etc.)
thanks much for any help/ideas!