Oak Beam Fireplace Mantel – Cheapest in the UK (Planed and Sanded)

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£56.29£407.00

Price includes brackets, a pot of your choice of coloured/protective oil and shipping to mainland UK (normally within 5 working days). Highlands and Islands will receive a small surcharge to cover increased shipping costs

  • French Oak Beam Mantle for Fireplaces or Lintels – Air-Dried
  • Perfect for living rooms above your log burner or kitchens above your cooker

Planed and Sanded for the perfect finish:

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Description

Celtic Timber are the UK’s leading supplier in the sale of oak beams for fireplaces, fire surrounds and mantles. Our beams are handcrafted by our team on site in order to make the perfect oak fireplace or oak mantelpiece for your home. Ideal for oak beam kitchen lintels as well as fireplace beams.

Our solid oak beam range of fireplaces and mantelpieces have each been handworked and are available air dried in a variety of sizes and finishes.

  • Note: If you have chosen a ‘Lightly Worked’ or a ‘Heavily Worked’ beam from the above choices, unless specified in the ‘Order Notes’ upon checking out, we will work the largest beam face. Please state in the order notes section if you have a specific requirement or want the beam a different way. if you are not sure of the difference between the finishes, please watch our video at the bottom of the page.
  • If you are looking for a custom size beam, please order the size above what you require and specify your chosen size in the ‘Order Notes’ section of the checkout. We will ensure that it is planed to your specific required dimensions.
  • The cross section sizes listed are starting sizes and will reduce by up to 20mm on each face after being planed and sanded so you may wish to order the next size up to allow for this.

Please take note of the following before purchasing;

Oak is a natural product and therefore each individual piece will be different in appearance and will vary slightly in colour and grain. Our character grade beams may well already contain knots, surface cracks, pin holes and waney edges and cracks would be expected to develop further once they acclimatise to a new environment after purchase. Although our beams are air dried, it also is not unusual for the oak to develop further shrinkage and movement as it continues to dry and adjust to your property’s temperature. If your beam is going to go above a fire, log burner, fire or intense heat, we recommend that the heat should be gradually increased over a period of a week or more if possible.

Please ensure that your beam is taken out of its wrapping immediately after receiving delivery to allow it to breathe and adjust.

We do not pre-drill beams as customers will need to ensure that fixings are secured to the wall are in the correct place.

Depending on your choice of beam size, we will send you straight brackets, T-Shape Brackets or keyhole brackets. Should you have a preference, please leave a note in the ‘Order Notes’ section of the checkout when purchasing your oak beam.

See our image gallery for a representation of how the different coloured oils will look on your oak beam. Please bear in mind that the grain and colour of each piece of wood is different so this is a rough guide only.

If you are looking for a bespoke size beam, please order the size above what you require and specify your chosen size in the ‘Order Notes’ section of the checkout.

Planed and Sanded for the perfect finish. 

Want to know the difference between contemporary, lightly worked and heavily worked beams? This video will walk you through some of the examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeRczKSS2q0

Straight Bracket Beam Installation Guide

Straight Bracket Installation

Straight Bracket Oak Beam Installation

What you will need:

Spirit level, Drill, 10mm drill bit, 12mm drill bit, 10mm spanner, pencil

Step 1.
Using a spirit level draw a straight level line on your wall where you intend the shelf/beam to hang – Draw the line the same length as the shelf and mark the centre point (this will be the centre of your beam).

Step 2.
Fixing to a studwork wall:

If your fixing to a stud work wall it is important to find the uprights/noggins behind the plasterboard and get as many fixings as possible into the stud work (Professional advice should be taken for this and the weight of your beam considered)

Mark where the brackets need to be on the wall and transfer these measurements onto the beam.

Fixing to solid block wall:

Draw a straight line down the middle of the side of the beam you intend to put against the wall, then mark the centre of the beam. Measure out from the centre evenly each way and mark where your brackets will go. Transfer these measurements onto the straight line you have drawn on the wall.

Step 3.

Using the 12mm drill bit, drill into the beam just slightly longer than the length of the brackets (excluding the threaded part) – it is important to drill these holes straight and level.

Step 4.

Using the 10mm drill bit, drill a 60mm deep hole into each of you bracket markings on your wall keeping the drill straight and level – tap the rawl plugs into the holes, they should be flush with the wall.
If you are fixing into timber stud work it is possible to screw the brackets straight in to the timber with maybe a small pilot drill hole

Step 5.

Using the 10mm spanner screw the fixings into the wall. Don’t tighten all the way, the washers are optional and increase the load capacity of the shelf however they will leave a small 1.5mm gap behind the shelf / beam.

Step 6.

Gently Slide the shelf/beam onto the brackets ¾ of the way on so that you can still fit a 10mm spanner behind it.

Step 7.

Place the spirit level on the shelf /beam and adjust the brackets with the spanner until the shelf is perfectly level.  The threaded part of the bracket is positioned off centre the steel rod section enabling you to adjust the position of each bracket.

Step 8.

Finally, slide the shelf/beam all the way back flush against the wall and you’re done!

T-Type Bracket Beam Installation Guide

T-Type Bracket Installation

T-Type Bracket Oak Beam Installation

What you will need:

Spirit level, 2x Screws per bracket, Screwdriver, Drill, 10mm drill bit, 12mm drill bit, pencil

Step 1.
Using a spirit level draw a straight level line on your wall where you intend the shelf/beam to hang – Draw the line the same length as the shelf and mark the centre point (this will be the centre of your beam).

Step 2.
Fixing to a studwork wall:

If your fixing to a stud work wall it is important to find the uprights/noggins behind the plasterboard and get as many fixings as possible into the stud work (Professional advice should be taken for this and the weight of your beam considered)

Mark where the brackets need to be on the wall and transfer these measurements onto the beam.

Fixing to solid block wall:

Draw a straight line down the middle of the side of the beam you intend to put against the wall, then mark the centre of the beam. Measure out from the centre evenly each way and mark where your brackets will go. Transfer these measurements onto the straight line you have drawn on the wall.

Step 3.

Using the 12mm drill bit, drill into the beam just slightly longer than the length of the brackets – it is important to drill these holes straight and level.

Step 4.

Using the 10mm drill bit, drill a 60mm deep hole into each of you bracket markings on your wall keeping the drill straight and level – tap the rawl plugs into the holes, they should be flush with the wall.
If you are fixing into timber stud work it is possible to screw the brackets straight into the timber with maybe a small pilot drill hole

Step 5: Fix the T-Type brackets to the wall using a screwdriver. Due to the thickness of a T-Type bracket, you may wish to rebate a small amount out of the oak beam in order for accommodate it (approximately 3mm) in order for it to fit flush against the wall. Use a spirit level to accurately ensure that the brackets are level with each other before fixing into place.

Step 6: Fit the beam fully onto the bracket. As there is no grip on the T-Type bracket, we advise that you use a small amount of adhesive to ensure that it fits firmly in place.

Your bracket should now be successfully installed!

Competition Terms & Conditions

Did someone say free beam?

To enter your beam into our monthly competition, all you have to do is:

1: Take the best photo you can of your beautiful, installed and finished beam
2: Email your picture to competition@celtictimber.co.uk

Simple!

In the case of the winner ordering multiple beams, for example as part of a fire surround, the cheapest beam will be refunded

Every month we will publish a post with all of the pictures – the one with the most ‘likes’ or reactions will be named the winner and will receive a full refund for the beam!

*Celtic Timber reserve the right to choose the winner at their own discretion or decide tie-breakers
By entering your pictures into the competition you are allowing Celtic Timber use of the images for marketing purposes. In the case of the winner ordering multiple beams, for example as part of a fire surround, the cheapest beam will be refunded. Competitions generally run for one week but we withhold the right to make them shorter or longer depending on bank holidays etc. The cost of delivery (£16) will be taken out of the refund amount. All likes must originate from the UK
Celtic Timber is a trading style of Plumstone Trading LTD

Keep an eye out for our post at the start of the following month with all of the competition entries.

Free Oak Beam Competition

Six Considerations for Choosing An Oak Beam Fireplace / Mantelpiece

In our opinion, there is no feeling more satisfying than installing a beautiful, natural oak product as the centrepiece of your living room to create an elegant and charming oak beam fireplace.

However, there are many factors to consider before ordering your oak beam fireplace. Here are our top 5 things to consider when choosing your oak beam:

1. The Oak Beam’s Style

The vast majority of oak beams that we sell are Planed and Sanded Oak Beams. This means that, with a little Danish Oil or Coloured Oak Oil, they are ready to be installed above your log burner or fireplace. We do also offer beams that have been Sawn Only or Planed Only, which are generally better suited to trade customers that have experience in handling and shaping oak.

2. The Oak Beam’s Cross Section

Once the beam’s style has been chosen, the first oak beam variation we ask from our customers is the beam’s cross section. The cross-section is the size of the edges of the beam and is made up of the beam’s height x the beam’s width. The wider the beam, the further it comes from the wall and the larger the beam’s height, the larger it looks from the front.

There are obvious practical and aesthetic implications based on the beam’s cross section size. Whilst oak beams look great in modern, contemporary living rooms as well as characterful, cottage living rooms, you may find that a certain size cross section suits your space better than others. Take your time to browse through our gallery on the Oak Beam Fireplace or the Oak Beam Fire Surround pages to find a room and a style that best matches yours.

3. The Oak Beam’s Length

The next variation we ask our customers for is the beam’s length. This one is pretty straightforward and can be anything from 900mm (approximately 3 ft) to 2400mm (nearly 8 ft) and anything in between.

4. The Oak Beam’s finish (For Planed and Sanded Beams Only)

How your oak beam fireplace is finished, along with what oil you use (but let’s not get ahead of ourselves with that one, we’ll save that for number 5) probably have the largest impact on the final aesthetics of the beam. We offer three different beam finishes – contemporary, lightly worked or heavily worked.

Our Contemporary finished oak beams have been planed, sanded and had the corners rounded to remove sharp edges. This finish allows the beauty of the oak beam to shine through in its most natural form.

Our Lightly Worked beam finish adds a light curve to the edges on the face of the beam, which can add to the beam’s character.

Our Heavily Worked beam finish, is similar to the lightly worked beam but with deeper curves.

5. What Oil to Use on Your Oak Beam

We supply a pot of your choice of coloured oil with all planed and sanded beams. What oil you choose to finish your oak beam, makes a big difference to how the beam will look over your fireplace or log burner. The standard oil that we recommend is Rustins Danish Oil, which is easy to wipe on, protects the oak and adds a slightly darker tone to your oak beam. Should you wish to maintain the beam’s original tone, we recommend Clear Briwax. Finally, if you wish to alter the colour of the oak to match your room, we offer a range of Coloured Oak Oils.

6. Will my oak beam fireplace crack after I install it?

All of our beam fireplaces are from air dried oak beams. The air-dried process reduces the oak’s moisture, meaning that the cracks that form will be less deep than with green (unseasoned) oak. However, as the oak acclimatises to your home and your central heating, cracks can form. Cracks do tend to add the beauty and the character of oak beams and are usually nothing to worry about.

To further reduce the impact of beam cracks, we recommend that your oak beam is slowly introduced to the room where it is going to be displayed over a couple of weeks before installation and certainly before lighting any fires underneath it.

Got another question that we haven’t covered? Our customer service team is available on 01437 710043, from Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm and are happy to help answer your questions.

31 reviews for Oak Beam Fireplace Mantel – Cheapest in the UK (Planed and Sanded)

  1. Susan (verified owner)

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    This is the second beam I’ve bought from Celtic timber. I was so pleased with the first I bought one for another fireplace. Excellent communication and super quick delivery of a great product.

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Superb. Thank you for sharing Susan, that looks beautiful!

  2. Sandra Barnett (verified owner)

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    Thank you, our beam is really super and looks fab above our new woodburner, we would recommend you in the future best wishes Sandra and Jim.

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you so much Sandra and Jim. And glad that you love your beam!

  3. claire (verified owner)

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    Beautiful mantle cut perfectly to size

  4. Sian (verified owner)

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    Great service. Great product.

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thanks so much, Sian. That looks great! If it is OK with you, we’ll enter it into our Facebook competition next month where you could win a full refund?

  5. Shirley JONES (verified owner)

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    Delivered on time and all as described. It was nice to actually speak to a person…

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you, Shirley. Glad that you love it and we were able to help!

  6. Sandra OBrien (verified owner)

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    Beautiful oak beam, very pleased with it, and good service.

  7. Angela W. (verified owner)

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    Really nice beam and quickly delivered

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thanks for the feedback and the review, Angela

  8. David Hawkins (verified owner)

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    Exactly what we wanted. It is a beautiful piece of timber, and delivered in 3 days.

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Perfect. Thank you so much for your review and feedback David

  9. Steven Walker (verified owner)

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    Excellent service throughout. Beautiful wooden beam and a fantastic oil to finish. I shopped here following a personal recommendation and would be delighted to recommend this product and company. Huge thanks. Steve

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you so much, Steven. Glad that we were able to live up to expectations

  10. Susan Wood (verified owner)

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    Great service love my beam

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you so much for the review and picture Susan. We’ve entered your picture into our oak beam competition on our Facebook page this Friday where you could win a full refund

  11. Lesley P. (verified owner)

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    Beautiful piece of timber combined with excellent service and value

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you for the lovely feedback and review Lesley

  12. Laura (verified owner)

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    Perfect!!
    We love the detail in our beam, thanks Celtic Timber

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you Laura. We appreciate the feedback and the review

  13. Kevin (verified owner)

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    Beautiful, extremely happy with the mantle

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Glad that you are pleased with it, thanks for the review Kevin!

  14. Alun (verified owner)

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    Exactly as described, delivered quickly

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thanks so much for the feedback and the picture Alun, that looks beautiful. We’ve entered the picture into our monthly competition on Facebook this Friday – where you could win a full refund

  15. James Hatton (verified owner)

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    Perfect. Asked for custom sizes and it came bang on to the mm. Was a bit worried buying it blind but it couldn’t be better. Thanks very much

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Glad that we were able to accomodate James and thank you for the review

  16. Les Green (verified owner)

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    Great service from start to finish, great back up advice and a great product

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for the feedback and review.

  17. James Hughes (verified owner)

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    Delivered on time, well packaged,good price,looks great would use again

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for the feedback and review.

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback and review.

  18. Joe Hill (verified owner)

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    Lovely oak beam, looks brilliant!

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      We are so pleased that you are happy with the oak beam.

  19. Kathryn C. (verified owner)

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    Beautiful mantle! … Was dubious of buying online without seeing item….I knew what type of mantle I wanted , but not sure of the colour….E- mailed Dan….was very helpful and ended up choosing the Pure and Dark Oak to try out….decided on the Dark Oak as was best for matching our furniture…..Due to house decorating the mantle isn’t in place yet, but will upload pic as soon as finished ! 😉 … Great company to deal with….

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you are happy with the mantle.

  20. Matt H. (verified owner)

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    Looks great and was very reasonably priced. We are really happy with the service and product.

  21. Colin H. (verified owner)

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    Quick delivery, decent price and looks good. What more can I say?

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your lovely feedback.

  22. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Communication fast and fantastic and the beam looks great

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Glad that you’re so happy with your beam. Thank you for the feedback.

  23. David roberts (verified owner)

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    Amazing product, really really happy with it, its exactly what we wanted

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Glad to hear your so happy with your Beam. Thank you for the lovely feedback.

  24. Alun Rowlands (verified owner)

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    Excellent service with all questions answered immediately with first class delivery service also providie

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback, very pleased to read your kind comments about our service.

  25. Paul Stack (verified owner)

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    Excellent customer service

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback.

  26. Malcolm Little (verified owner)

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    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for leaving us a 5-star feedback.

  27. Robert (verified owner)

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    Beam deliver ed promptly along with fixing brackets and timber treatment. Fixing was simple and treatment looks great. Throughly pleased with everything and would use them again.

    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Pleased to hear that you’re happy with your Oak Beam. We look forward to any future custom from yourself. Thank you for your lovely feedback.

  28. Russell (verified owner)

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    Very happy with our beam. The guides and blogs on the website were very useful and the response to an e-mail query was prompt and very helpful. Delivery was very quick. I would certainly recommend Celtic Timber.

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    • Dan Seabourne (store manager)

      Thank you for your review, the beam looks fantastic in the picture.

  29. Alwena P. (verified owner)

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    Excellent service, would definitely order again from Celtic Timber

    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you for your review, we look forward to your repeat custom.

  30. Ben House (verified owner)

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    • Jon Howcroft (store manager)

      Thank you for your 5 star review.

  31. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    We were disappointed with the quality of the beam as it had big cracks on every face. Celtic Timber were recommended by a familiar member who looked at the beam we received and said he wouldn’t not have been pleased at all either. We complained but were told the beam we received was inkeeping with the quality of their products. To return it, we were told we would need to pay the postage, which would have been very expensive due to the weight. We reluctantly kept it but had to use wood filler for most of the cracks to make it useable. Would not recommend.

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