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Build an Outdoor Fireplace

Updated:2014-06-06 11:16:26

Outdoor fireplaces have been a popular addition to patios for a long time. However, the designs have evolved over the years from piles of bricks for firewood to sophisticated stone structures equipped with gas for starting the fire. If you’ve installed a fireplace in your home, you can definitely install one in your backyard. Just find a plan and make some design choices, and you can be warming up around the fire with your family.

                                                                 

 Legal Issues

As with any outdoor building project, check with your local municipality to find out if you need to pull a building permit. You will also want to find out what your local fire marshal requires when building an outdoor fireplace. Your county may have several codes on the issue. Most of them will be common sense, but they are important to follow. For example, do not build your fireplace near tree limbs or overhanging roofs.
Besides codes, think about your neighbors. Try not to build a marble fireplace too close to your property line. This will help to cut down on smoke that could blow into your neighbor’s yard.
Also, with safety in mind, always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire gets out of control.

 Choices

  You can buy several types of outdoor fireplaces that are made out of prefabricated metal or a masonry design. These units are made just like fireplaces for indoor use with a metal or brick firebox and a flue. All you need to do is build the foundation for the fireplace and run the flue through a chimney.
Also, some of these premade options will let you decide whether you want to use them for wood burning or gas burning. For gas burning, you will need to run a gas line from your home or from a remote propane tank. Gas is a great option because it will allow you to have a fire going on your patio in just moments. Outdoor gas fireplaces need the same care as an indoor fireplace. If the fireplace is not going to be used for a season, the gas line needs to be shut off.
Building an outdoor fireplace from scratch is not recommended unless you have masonry experience.

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