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Published on August 23rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Udden Stainless Steel Fireplace Wall

(5) Udden panels, Stainless Steel Screws, Wall Anchors, finishing nails, trim lumber (about 1/2″ thick) , saw, wood stain, laser level, wall fireplace unit

I had originally purchased some Udden backsplash panels for our kitchen, before realizing they had to be attached to a specific Udden cabinet which I did not have. When we started to renovate our basement, inspiration struck, and this fireplace wall was the result. The instructions seem laborious, but it’s a pretty easy process once you get started.

1. Measure the height of your ceiling to determine number of Udden panels and trim pieces required. Our basement ceiling was around 90″ high, or so. We laid out the Udden panels (gently) along with the wood trim to determine if any of the trim needed to be cut down to match the height. Make any cuts necessary, and pre-stain (or paint) all wood trim.

2. Using a laser level, start from the bottom up and begin to build your fireplace wall. Place the bottom-most trim piece, using the laser level as a guide (chances are good your floor is not perfectly level). Use the finishing nails to attach the wood trim to wall, making sure to hit the studs for support.

3. Next, hold up the Udden panel where you want it, and mark the pre-drilled hole placement on the wall with a pencil. Install your wall anchors at those locations. Put the Udden panel back on the wall, and attach to the wall anchors using the stainless steel screws.

4. Repeat each step until you have reached the ceiling, and cut down final top trim piece as needed. Add a trim piece on each side.

5. Take your wall-mounted fireplace unit (this one burns alcohol-based gel, available at most major home improvement stores) and measure the mounting bracket locations. Install wall anchors as needed, ideally screwing into the wood trim. Our particular setup required screwing through one of the Udden panels, which took a little more planning. Using longer mounting screws, drill into the wall anchors, leaving an appropriate amount sticking out to hang the unit.

6. Hang your fireplace unit, polish the stainless panels, and enjoy your new fireplace wall!

~ Shannon Adamson, Colorado, United States

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21 Responses to Udden Stainless Steel Fireplace Wall

  1. Malte says:

    Awesome Idea, i have to try this soon!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just saw this hack and it is stunning. Great focal point for the room.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Such creativity! We’d love to try it. Shannon, you said to use 1/2″ thick lumber, so will this be much thicker than the stainless steel panel? But your finished lumber appear to be same thickness and flush with the panels.

    We’re using 22 guage stainless steel (since IKEA no longer carry the panels in our parts (California)and these are .02999″ in thickness. Any info to our question is appreciated!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is just adorable. I like everything about it! I love the fireplace, the wall, the style, the mood. I think that this is one of the best hacks of 2011.
    I’ve shown it to my sister and she also was surprized how people have imagination to create something like that!
    I will post it on face!!!It’s awesoomeee!!!
    I hope just the wall will not take fire, lol. But anyway this looks really nice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Being that I do a lot of sheet metal design. You can use a standard drill no problem. You may want to use a lubricant so it doesn’t over heat your drill bit. My guess is that it is thin enough you don’t have to worry about it. What exactly is Udden? Is that just a brand name. How much did you spend on these panels? I am just curious if it would be worth peoples time to try and get the stainless panels from your local sheet metal fab shop? Looks cool though. Someday I am going to have Shanny design my home! You should know who this is.

  6. Shannon says:

    @ Rollinger- we just used a standard electric drill with a normal drill bit. The panels are relatively thin, so it went pretty fast. I recommend using painter’s tape to steady the drill on the stainless steel surface, and keep the bit from scratching the panel.

  7. Shannon says:

    Hi All, sorry for the late reply, I just realized my hack got posted. I purchased the fireplace unit from At less than $200 it was the best price I could find. It operates well and puts off plenty of heat. I also purchase the gel cans from They also have a newer, sexier version in Chrome at $300.

  8. Shannon says:

    Hi All, sorry for the late reply. This fireplace unit was purchased from It was under $200, which was the best price I could find. It operates pretty well, and puts off plenty of heat.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was one of the people who wanted to know where to find the fireplace.

    I began at Overstock, and once I had some keywords, found which sells online & at ebay.

    They have the same items as Overstock, but greater variety and comparable prices giving you aren’t shipping from the USA. The fireplaces use methylated spirits as a fuel.

  10. Cherry says:

    This looks awesome! What a great idea!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I can´t find this Udden Panels on Ikea Portugal

  12. Anonymous says:

    Very nice, I own that fireplace but you made it even better! This is a gel fireplace and you can
    get them many places, Overstock has this particular
    one for around $160.00.

  13. Berit says:

    So gorgeous! I would LOVE a fireplace, what a posh and simple (when you consider it is essentially a hearth) hack!

    Please, I would also love more info on the gel unit and more in-action pics (or even a video?) pretty-please!?


  14. Yes!
    I like these Ethanol Fire Places ( Ethanol Kamin )
    Very nice work!


  15. Tiki_Green says:

    amazing hack love it

  16. Anonymous says:

    WOW that is amazing!!

  17. rollinger says:

    How do you drill the holes into the stainless steel? What kind of driller you use? Special for stainless steel?

  18. Miguel says:

    I agree with anonymous: looks really nice and I would also like to know the brand/origin of the fireplace.

    Thanks in advance,


  19. Anonymous says:

    This is fabulous! Definitely a candidate for hack of the year.

  20. Anonymous says:


    Could Shannon be persuaded to give the name of the fireplace they bought?

    Alcohol fireplaces seem to cost $6000 – never seen one so small & light.

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