Want to know how to build an outdoor fireplace? If you want to cozy up with the whole family outdoors, then this is your next homesteading project.
How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace
I’ve always dreamed of having an outdoor fireplace in our home. Just imagine telling stories and hanging out with the family around it, such joy. That’s why I decided that it has been put off for too long. If you also want to build an outdoor fireplace, then this tutorial is for you. Find out how to make a DIY outdoor fireplace for your next homesteading project.
- fire bricks
- muriatic acid(washer)
- wood (for support and molding)
- mortar mix
- fire clay or refractory mortar
- hollow blocks
- 13×13″ ceramic flue pipe
- angle bar
- bendable board
- steel bar
- sand stone
- fireplace grate
- black pipe
- brick jointer
- torpedo level
- rubber mallet
- acid wash brush
- brick spacing rule
- tape measure
- bar clamp
- industrial hoe
- crow bar
- whisk broom
Step 1. Foundation
Don’t forget to check your area frost line to ensure that your foundation will be good during winter.
Step 2. Wall
Place the brick based on your desired design. Starting from the base, continue installing the brick and mortar mix.
Step 3. Firebox
Use firebrick inside your fireplace.
Install the firebrick. Use water and sponge to clean up the bricks.
Step 4. Chimney
The chimney base is composed with 2 hollow blocks finished with mortar mix.
Cover the remaining hole with firebrick.
Once that’s done, cover it with an angel bar.
Finish installing the bricks.
Customize your chimney by cutting from both sides as desired.
Use a grinder to do so.
To hold the bricks, cover it with metal.
TIP: Keep the first base dried up before installing the rest of the brick to prevent it from sliding.
Step 5. Arch
Use a bendable board to shape up the arch of the fireplace.
Make sure it’s dry for about a week to make sure it’s fully installed.
Step 6. Washing
Combine half a gallon of muriatic acid to 2 gallons of water, use this to clean up the bricks.
Use a whisk broom to clean up the fireplace.
Let it dry for a few minutes.
Hose it with water and if seems to need more cleaning, apply the muriatic acid solution again.
The mortar turns yellowish once cleaned up so just brush it off to whiten.
Step 7. Fire Starter
Drill about 6 or 7 holes to your black pipe.
Attach the gas tank to the fire grill.
Step 8. Finishing touches
For the flooring, use the same bricks and install as you would install tiles.
Attach a stone board on top of the arch.
Insert the fireplace grate inside, and you’re done!
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