Just looking for any ideas on what construction material is required when i reface my fireplace. I know that behind the brick, there is a complete firebox, When i rebuild i am looking at doing it in adobe( stucco, cement) style. How should it be framed? Can it be framed with steel stud? Is is required to be sealed between the firebox and the new face? I am going to install a new woodburning insert as our old style is an arch and we want a square face with a wood beam mantle(any one have a pic or ideas ????) This house is 30 year old construction on the westcoast.