Just moved into a new home with a full stone fireplace. Planning to install a 50-60" tv above the mantle using a Cheetah mount. The stone is uneven so the mount will not sit flush. Having never installed a tv like this, what is the best way to fix the mount to the wall - drill through the stone and secure to studs with some type of spacer between the stone and mount inorder to get it to sit flush, mount some 2x4s to the stone and then the mount to the 2x4s, or remove stone where the mount would sit and then mount it to the wall board into studs (although this may not allow enough clearance for the tv to be mounted).
Thanks for any input.