I have been using my weekends lately to get caught up on the fireplace build in the backyard. It’s tough to make any sort of progress in the evenings as any work that needs to be done requires hours of allotted time. I have been able to get a protective wrap of tar paper on it and then I installed the metal lath required for the scratch coat of mortar. Since I am not planning to install a tile surround on the perimeter of the fireplace opening I chose to weld up a stainless steel finishing trim piece that would give me a nice line to butt all my stones up to.
So I sacrificed an afternoon to getting the first scratch coat on. It is a job that I do not particularly enjoy however I sucked it up and made it happen. With the scratch coat on I was able to tackle all the stone work in a day. The idea was to only stone the face, and sides, of the fireplace. The remaining parts of the structure will be finished with a dark charcoal stucco finish. I am happy with how the stone work turned out and can only hope that the stucco process with result in an equally acceptable finish.