Outdoor Fireplace Plans
For those who are looking at an outdoor fireplace
plan and design, you are not alone. Building outdoor fire
pits and fireplaces is what's in style these days and has
really been catching on lately.
You can find outdoor fireplace
plans in many various styles, designs, and themes. They come in
either portable or custom models. Every outdoor fireplace plan
or design must be built according to all local codes, which
generally will include the type of firebricks to use. What's
the two most important factors in building an outdoor
fireplace? A safe design and an adequate ventilation
An outdoor fireplace plan and design is quite similar to
that of your standard indoor fireplace. The one exception being
that outdoor fireplaces will not use dampers. By having a tall
chimney, the major component of any fixed type outdoor
fireplace, you won't have to worry about the smoke from the
Planning an Outdoor Fireplace
Mexican style chimney pots called chimeneas are always a
beautiful addition. An outdoor fireplace plan can incorporate a
bowl-shaped base with a single opening connected to a stack or
chimney in the design. This style will help to circulate the
air into the fire and emit the smoke out of the top of the
Etched cast iron, aluminum, or clay and terracotta are used
as raw materials for fireplace construction. Cast-iron and cast
aluminum outdoor fireplaces are durable and resist roaring
flames and high temperatures. They will often provide a
lifetime of usage.
Lavers and Fire Rings are other low cost items that can be
added. Decorative portable fireplaces that can be moved with
ease from one place to another are also in style today. Another
fireplace option is and integrated fireplace. These can be
freestanding or attached. English, Eastern brick, Southwestern
adobe, or Old World traditional are also whats becoming more
popular in fireplace designs and themes.
Outdoor Fireplace Components
An outdoor fireplace has a crown, overmantel, mantel shelf,
header, filler panel, fire box, leg, plinth base, and hearth.
Some models use the combined form of mantel shelf and
Outdoor Fireplace Buying
Look for outdoor fireplace plans that are made of masonry.
This type of construction is simply so much more stronger and
durable than those made of metal, or even those that are
What's the problem with metal? You'll often find
that metal will tend to rust very easily with the various
Fire Rock's pre-engineered fireplace system is faster and
less-expensive than hand-built, brick and mortar structures. In
this case, the raw materials are available in a kit, and you
can install the fireplace yourself quite easily.
This gives you
the added feeling of having done it yourself.
can cover the newly constructed fireplace with finishing
materials such as brick, stone, stucco or manufactured