I am refacing a fireplace with sandstone. The front face of the fireplace has a ledge that is built to the footing, so I am not concerned with weight while refacing only the front. But I would like to face the sides also, by using the wood framing there as bearing support, since it would not be easy to bring additional masonry support up from the basement floor. Since these joists are relatively short (<4′) and not so likely to flex, is this ok, or must the wood be eliminated. One end of the joists rests on a masonry pier, and the other end can be additionally supported midway by running an angle from the masonry ledge. Is this Ok, or should brick or stone never be supported by wood, no matter how well supported? If no, why not. Is the wood just too compressible? too weak? shrink too much? Thanks.
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