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DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Normally, a fireplace is a warm and welcoming addition to a room. Unless of course you have our fireplace which just dominates the space. Let me explain. It’s massive and until I painted it a few years ago, it was a dated orange brick nightmare. While the paint job definitely brought it back into this decade, several problems still remained. Specifically, the large hole for wood logs. DIY Aspen Log Fireplace InsertThis post contains affiliate links.

DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

The hole is a pretty good size and almost makes me think someone expected to heat the whole house with just the fireplace. Well folks, that’s not us! We have never made a fire in our fireplace in six years! True story. So it was pretty safe to say we would not be filling the hole with wood logs anytime soon, but it sure would look cool if we did right? DIY Aspen Log Fireplace InsertFor close to five years I have wanted to create a stack of faux logs, but never had the materials or quite frankly the time to do it. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon a Craig’s List ad recently giving away aspen logs. It was now or never.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Since we have done a multitude of projects over the years, we had plenty of scrap wood hanging out in the garage to make this dream of mine happen for $0! Man am I on a roll or what? I didn’t have any plywood large enough to cover the hole, so I used a sheet of luan we had and cut it down to size.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Next, we made a frame to support it since luan is pretty thin.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Then we attached some scrap 2x4s to the back of the frame to keep it from falling forward.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Then I got to work cutting my logs into small discs. I did not measure the depth because I wanted them to have a stacked affect and thought varying sizes would be best.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

After I cut all the wood pieces I let them dry in the sun for about two weeks. The logs I found for free had just been cut down. If you have older wood you could probably skip this.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

While the wood was drying, I painted the piece of luan the color of our fireplace. You could also paint it black.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Once the wood was dry, I arranged all my pieces on the luan. DIY Aspen Log Fireplace InsertInitially, I used my glue gun to glue them down. This was a BAD idea. DO NOT USE a GLUE GUN!DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

After a day of letting the glue dry, all the wood discs started to fall off! So we brought out the big guns and used some landscape adhesive we had on hand. This worked like a charm.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

If you have never used caulk savers, they are great! We found ours at Lowes, but these are similar.

When I glued all of the wood pieces down I purposefully left a few unglued so we could screw the luan to the frame and then hide the screws with a wood disc.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

To screw the face to the frame we laid it out on a folding table in the garage to provide some support to screw through the wood. DIY Aspen Log Fireplace InsertDIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Once the face was attached, I glued the remaining pieces of wood into place. Then it was ready to slide into its new home on the fireplace.DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

Now, I can pretend we actually use our fireplace and spent hours chopping wood logs!DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

I have just one more fireplace wish list item, a mantel. Coming soon, hopefully!DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert DIY Aspen Log Fireplace Insert

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