Use the steel wool as backer for caulk. Fill hole with caulk in two or three built up layers, let each set a while B4 next, a big one shot blob may fall out. Any good quality paintable caulk that will adhere to stone and wood will do.
"steel wool, leaves a bad taste in" my mouth too. I find that if i drench it in jalapenos and cheeze whiz it is a bit more palatable.
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[CENTER][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Look at the nail, not the hammer. Watch the fence, not the blade.[/FONT][/CENTER]
[CENTER][FONT=Comic Sans MS]If you hook your thumb over your belt you won't hit it with the hammer or leave it layin on the saw table.[/FONT][/CENTER]