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How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to outdoor entertaining areas. Patios, decks, and gardens are all suitable areas to build an outdoor fireplace. Several different models are available to purchase retail and most of them are portable. But if you prefer a custom design that will last for years, you should know how to build an outdoor fireplace and that it can be done fairly inexpensively.

To know how to build an outdoor fireplace, start by choosing the material. Two types of building materials that are suitable for building an outdoor fireplace are stone and brick. Stone will be more expensive than brick to purchase, but gives an entirely different and very rustic feel to the design. Brick is less expensive and quicker to work with. The choice is up to you.

Determine the location of your outdoor fireplace carefully as it will be permanent. Check your local building codes for requirements of permanent structures before your begin. When you’re ready to build your fireplace, begin by leveling out the ground where it will set. You will need to build a concrete base for your fireplace first. Build forms to the correct size of your fireplace, prepare the base with sand and gravel, and then pour your base.

Using your brick or stone, build one layer on top of your base and then begin building up the sides. The size of the opening, whether or not to build a hearth, and installation of a grate for possible grilling are all personal choices you can make when building your fireplace. Be sure to construct your outdoor fireplace with enough venting space from the top. Other things to consider are proximity of your fireplace to seating, plant life surrounding the fireplace, and access.

Once you know how to build an outdoor fireplace, you can make it a weekend project that will be enjoyed for years. In areas where winter comes early, it can extend the use of your outdoor space by creating warmth while sitting or eating outdoors. Consider incorporating other outdoor amenities around your fireplace besides seating such as a grill or even a bar, tables, and maybe decorative lighting.

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