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Title adhesive on fireplace insert

What adhesive works best to bond titles directly to a fireplace insert - this is a wood burning fireplace.

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Posted 2015-03-11T12:39:58+0000  by SJP SJP

Good morning SJP,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!

For your tiles, the surface you place them on is equally as important as finding the correct tile adhesive.

With that said, be sure that the surface that the tiles will go on are suitable for tile. This can mean brick or masonry, but any drywall or wood isn't the best foundation for your tiles to go over it.

Tile backerboard is also a great base for any tile installation. Once you know you have a suitable surface for your tiles, you can then use the adhesive rated for vertical surfaces that can hold up.

A very effective ready to use tile adhesive is linked here for any tiles installed 16" x 16" or smaller. It is applied with a wall trowel rated for vertical surfaces. I highly recommend this one, as it gives you great results will little mess.

You can also use a thin-set mortar that has to mixed with water that is rated for vertical wall surfaces as well. However, as long as the tiles themselves will NOT be installed inside the fireplace, then the products mentioned here will work just fine to install your tile.

Let me know if you have any further questions,


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Posted 2015-03-11T15:22:57+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL

Thanks for the reply!

To be sure the OmniGrip will work to attach the below title on the metal insert (outside) of the fire place shown below. 

Posted 2015-03-11T17:52:05+0000  by SJP

Hey again SJP,

Since you'll have a metal base to work on, OmniGrip would not be a suitable adhesive due to the metal.

As it states on its product Specs sheet:

"Do not bond directly to hardwood, Luan plywood, particle board, parquet, cushion or sponge-back vinyl flooring, metal, fiberglass, plastic or OSB panels."

With that in mind, you can opt for either using an adhesive rated for metal to tile, or build up (more work) tile backerboard over the firebox. 

In terms of an adhesive, you can opt for a strong bond from material like Liquid Nails, but be careful that it doesn't 'bleed through' or discolor the tiles from the urethane coming through the tile.


Posted 2015-03-11T18:57:16+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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