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Outdoor Fireplace Plans

Updated on November 10, 2011

Build Your Own Outdoor Fireplace

Have you ever given much thought to a backyard living space complete with your own outdoor fireplace? If you are a handy person and feel like you are capable of building it yourself, you could be enjoying your very own outdoor fireplace soon. There are many things to consider before the actual construction phase however, and these do not encompass all of them.

Where in your backyard do you want to construct your fireplace? Before you answer that question with certainty, step back and take in your entire yard. By doing this you may eliminate many areas quickly for fire danger reasons. Think about which way the wind blows most of the time and imagine embers leaving your chimney in that direction. What is in the direct path? The biggest concern will be shrubs, grass, and trees that may be dry in different seasons. You probably don’t want the fireplace to be within 10-15 feet of a mature tree with lots of dry leaves still on it.

Do you have a place that will offer plenty of seating? This fireplace may become the congregation point for parties and you will want enough room for your guests. Search online for outdoor fireplace pictures and you’ll see that most have lots of vacant space in front of them.

You may want to make sure there are no utility lines such as electrical, water, gas, irrigation, or sewer buried where you anticipate building. The last thing you want to worry about is having to destroy your fireplace to repair damaged utility lines down the road.

Do you have the tools necessary for building your own fireplace? The right tools will definitely bring a bit of ease to your building project. You will need various tools such as a trowel, buckets, a hose, block cutting tools, a level and it seems the list keeps going. If you don’t own these tools and others not listed above that you think you’ll need, don’t worry. Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors for the possibility of borrowing them. If you still need some tools afterwards don’t buy the expensive ones as even the cheap tools should survive the fireplace build. Some tools such as block cutting saws can be rented from your local tool rent shop or home improvement as well if they’re needed. They tend to be very expensive to purchase and most people don’t own them because they are specialized tools.

Many neighborhoods around the country as well as local building codes prohibit outdoor fireplace or they require submitting plans before construction. This has almost become the norm with newer neighborhoods. Many times if your plans and/or sketches show that you have given some thought to the fireplace structure with regard to the final look to include dimensions and whether it will match the existing décor, the plans will be approved. Home associations will look more at the aesthetics of the fireplace and local building codes will deal more with safety concerns such as structure height and the fire within.

If you plan your outdoor fireplace accordingly and don’t rush into it, you will be able to build a beautiful structure that will be the talk to the neighborhood. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of building your own outdoor fireplace, check out for step by step construction plans. They are very comprehensive and will guide you from start to finish through your project.


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      DJ 6 years ago

      Great hub. Very useful info. I liked your site, with all the different fireplace designs. I want to build one soon.