hearth depth opinions

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Hello all

I'm building up a hearth, starting with a row of bricks to raise the level, back fill the void behind it and lay slate tiles on the new raised level. Question is, do I bring the hearth out a brick's length, as per the tiles on the left, or half a bricks length, as per the right? Is there a standard protocol or is it just down to personal preference?
 

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What is the hearth for?
Regulations vary per appliance being used, I would suggest you take a look at part J of the building reg for guidance.
 
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For the minute its just decorative, may put in a log burner. I'll check out part J as recommended
 
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OK, I've laid a line of bricks to define the front edge of the and intend to screed the void at the rear to create a surface to then tile off. Slate tiles, 300mm square. May be a stupid question, but I presume I should fix the tiles with heat resistant adhesive? Is there such a thing as hearth grout to finish the job properly?
 

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If you're going to possibly fit a log burner at a later stage, then ideally, you need to work out how far to bring the hearth out now; unless you can add another section later that is. You don't need any special heat resistant cement or grout, as there's no real heat from a log burner.
 

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