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Despite the countless DIY articles out there, building an outdoor fireplace is not a project for the amateur. There are many factors that must be considered when designing and building an outdoor fireplace, but when you work with professionals, you can be confident in the safety, efficiency, and beauty of the finished product. Some important things to think about:
- Use -You will want to consider what purpose you would like your outdoor fireplace to serve. Are you looking for high heat output, an intimate and romantic alcove, or a centerpiece for entertainment? Intended use will determine the ultimate design of your outdoor fireplace and help you make wise choices about layout and location.
- Materials – One of the biggest factors in the longevity of an outdoor fireplace is material choice. Not all brick, stone, and mortar is designed for the heat of a fireplace or the abuse of the elements. The brick and mortar of the firebox must be able to withstand particularly high temperatures, and the exterior brick/stone and mortar must be able to withstand wind, rain, sleet, snow, and sun. The only mortar that should be considered for an outdoor construction is non-water-soluble refractory mortar. This mortar is able to withstand high temperatures and is less likely to corrode from acid exposure. Once cured, this product is non-water-soluble, and can stand up to the elements where other mortars cannot. When designing your outdoor fireplace and choosing materials, it is important to discuss your options with a professional. A professional will have the product knowledge to help you make the best choice for your environment and aesthetic.
- Layout And Location – It is also important to have a well-thought-out layout and location for your outdoor fireplace. Layout and location will largely depend on how you intend to use your outdoor fireplace. Do you plan to use it as a centerpiece when entertaining outdoors? Is it a gathering place for intimate conversation? If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining, you may want your fireplace design to include areas for sitting or setting down drinks or food. You may also want your outdoor fireplace to be larger, so that many people can gather around at once. Outdoor fireplaces used for entertainment purposes may also need to be placed closer to the home for convenience.
In addition to all of these considerations, the building of an outdoor fireplace requires knowledge of codes and possibly the acquiring of permits before construction can begin. The safety and functionality of your investment depends on the knowledge and skill of your designer and builder. Make your investment a wise one by working with the professionals at New Buck Chimney Services!
A damaged firebox puts you and your family at a higher risk of health problems as well as possible fires. Ask our masonry repair experts to take a look at your firebox and make the best recommendation for your situation.