How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace

Choose the area where you would like to build the outdoor fireplace. Determine if there are city ordinances regarding the building of outdoor fireplaces. You can call the fire department for safety regulations. Some city governments may oblige you to have a permit first before building. This is to promote safety and air quality in the community.

The spot should be as distant as possible from plants, homes, or structures that can be burned. Building the fireplace at a safe distance will help you avoid fire hazards and accidents.

Should you want to put up seating areas around the fireplace, make sure there is enough clearance between the fireplace and the seats, tables, or benches. The seats should be situated at least three feet away from the fireplace.

You can either purchase pre-fabricated fireplaces or build a fireplace from scratch. The materials can be purchased from home improvement, outdoor materials, or garden stores.

When your fireplace materials are ready, set up the area where you want to install your fireplace. Take away plants, furniture, and other materials that may be exposed to fire. Construct a platform for your fireplace by pouring concrete or putting cinder blocks. Make it look attractive by putting tiles along the border. Building outdoor fireplaces is similar to constructing inner ones except you don’t have to include a damper.

Put up the chimney as high as you can and construct the fireplace opening a little lower to improve draft. This will cover the fireplace from wind that can cause the smoke to move in. Putting up a chimney pot can augment the chimney’s height. Test the fireplace before finishing it.

After erecting the fireplace, you can now include some finishing touches to it. You can put blocks or bricks on the surface of the platform and apply paint or stain if you want. To finish the look of the fireplace, you can add tiles or rocks.

Place a fireplace screen to help in the prevention of fire hazards and accidents. Then, put your firewood inside the fireplace.