Looking for a detailed guide on how to build an outdoor fireplace? The saying,” if you want something done right, do it yourself ,” entirely rings true to me. Being a self-proclaimed DIY-er, I pride in doing stuff in the homestead myself-well, I got some assistance from the family.” No man is an island” too, you know. It’s simply those days when you pay for research projects, it totally goes off the budget, and sometimes, it’s not even how you want it. I’m aroused about this new outdoor project, a fireplace for the family to gather around and extend our outdoor hangouts. I’ve to be laid down the steps here on how to build an outdoor fireplace so you can have a pretty good idea about it too. Help yourself!
How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace | A Step-by-Step Guide
1,300 house bricks 50 fire bricks 150 concrete blocks Muriatic acid( washer) and water Wood( for subsistence and molding) and bendable committee 75 pouches mortar mix and fireclay or refractory mortar 13 x13 ” ceramic flue pipe Angle bar and steel bar Sandcrete and pea gravel Fireplace grate and a black tube Bricking trowel, brick jointer, and brick spacing rule Tape measure, chalk, and strings A regular level and a torpedo level Rubber mallet Acid clean brush, pail, whisk broom, sponge, and hose Drill, grinder, and crowbar Bar Clamp Wheelbarrow and industrial hoe Pick the spot you want your outdoor hearth schemes situated, and the edge of a deck or patio would be ideal. Dig 3 feet into the ground to make a rectangular pit, around 8 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. Pour in 4 inches of concrete and lay in concrete blocks. Put some pea pebbles and Sandcrete to induce the foundation solid. Get some 2 ” by 2 ” committee and make four-foot wooden bars across each corner of the cement. Use the brick spacing wall to mark the wooden post where the strings will be tied. Using the bricking trowel, spread some mortar mixture on one corner of the foundation or concrete blocks and lay a brick with the good side out. Push the brick down utilizing either your fist or a rubber mallet. Lay the bricks on top of each other around the edge of the foundation. Scrape some of the mortar mix oozing out of the brick sandwiches to save on the mortar and make it neat. You can use a brick jointer and run it along the brick joints for a clean finish. Continue to lay bricks around the foundation except for the front. When you’ve laid 3 stacks of bricks to the front, measure 26 inches from the center of the grill side to attain the entryway for the grill door. Build the frame for the grill entrance with a height of 35 inches tall, set it in place, and start laying bricks around it. To lay bricks for the upper part of the entrance, lay an angle bar across two sides for subsistence. For the top component which are called soldiers, cut bricks in half and lay them standing on top of the last bricks applied. Take out your box grill and take them apart. Mount the doors to the entryway and simply install the grill. Use stone slabs or slates to cover either side of the grill and attach the knob for the fire valves. Mix some flame clay or you can also buy a ready-mix one. Lay firebricks on the base of the fireplace to the side or walls of the box. You can use a sponge immersed in water to clean off excess mortar. Continue laying bricks, adding 8 inches more to stimulate the smoking chamber. Set an angle bar across the hearth interior. Get a 2 feet tall, 13 ” by 13 ” ceramic flue pipe and set it on top of the angle bar and the back side of the hearth. Cover the holes on either side of the ceramic tube with firebricks or concrete blocks. Use some flame clay to seal the holes and spaces on the smoke chamber roof. Use a plywood and any bendable material to induce the frame by tracing a curve in the plywood. Attach the curve to the fireplace entryway frame and lay a pliable committee on top to attain the subsistence. Lay bricks that are cut in half in standing position over the curve frame. Leave the bricks to dry for a few days before lifting the frame. Use a tile saw to cut the triangular pieces that will fit in with the archway. Lay more bricks to build the roof of the hearth and add another lentil to support the mantelpiece which we will discuss later. Set another ceramic flue pipe on top of the first one and connect it nicely with refractory mortar. Lay more bricks on top of the fireplace and around the ceramic tube to attain the chimney top or roof. YouA can add 10 more layers of bricks from the mantelpiece. To construct the cathedral shape roof, continue with layering the bricks and cut the side afterwards. For the sides of the fireplace roof, make sure to apply the triangular bricks first before you start with the roof. This will hold the other bricks in place. Combine half a gallon of muriatic acid to 2 gallons of water, utilize this to clean up the bricks. Use a whisk broom to clean up the hearth and let it dry for a few minutes. Hose it with water and if seems to need more cleaning, apply the muriatic acid solution again.