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Suitable tiles for the back panel of a fireplace for a gas inset fire?
We have removed the old-fashioned outset fire and hearth (both plasticky black and gold) in our new flat and peeled off the strange gloss finish lino type material on the back panel. we are ready to tile and have the new inset fire installed. we've have mixed messages in tile shops about what's suitable for tiling the back panel. The cavity is slightly too large but our gas fitter has said the tiler could sort by tiling an extra 10mm each side over the edge. So the gas fire will sit directly on the tiles. Are these crackle glaze okay (if sealed)? http://m.toppstiles.co.uk/tprod40506/Chic-Craquele-Medium-White.html
If not would encaustic be better if sealed or are we limited to stone? These two tiles are advertised as encaustic but only the fired earth ones are marked as safe for fires. there is a big price difference which I thought was likely just fired earth mark up but is there a difference between the two in terms of safety/suitability?
If it helps this is our fire:
Slate tiles are good for a fire surround or fire half, should pick up a good slate tile 400 mm by 250 mm for around a fiver each if you look around
Answered 25th Sep 2013