Darcie, Welcome to the family!
One of our other members recently did a wood overlay...see here: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...replace&page=2
You might check with your local codes to see how close the wood can be to the opening without creating a fire hazard. Seems like around 12" from the top of the opening, can be less on the sides, but don't remember the specifics.
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