Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Mantels

The fireplace mantel or mantelpiece, also known as a chimneypiece, originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a fire grate to catch the smoke. The term has evolved to include the decorative framework around the fireplace, and can include elaborate designs extending to the ceiling. Wikipedia


Two Birds mantels are constructed from reclaimed lumber and in this article, we help you understand what you need to know before you go ahead with a mantel install of your own.

Can you guess which mantels are solid and which are hollow?

Construction Material

Our mantels are available either dimensional or cased. A dimensional mantel is constructed from one single solid piece of timber whereas a cased mantel is constructed from smaller pieces and nailed/glued together to form a hollow box. For those looking for a true historical reproduction, a dimensional mantel fits the bill but they are significantly heavier, availability is limited and they are not available in as many sizes as a cased mantel.

And the answer to the above question is...only the bottom black mantel is solid (dimensional), the rest are hollow (cased)!


Surface Prep

All of our mantels are available in a variety of surface preparations. They can be left raw, stained, painted or even hewn (cut or chopped with an axe to replicate wear and tear). We currently offer 20 different finish options as well as hewn.