Outdoor fireplace kit or build from scratch?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by exmarkking, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Which way is better? Easier? Looks nicer? Cost difference?
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  2. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    We always buy the kits most come with the top ring which gives it a professional look.
     
  3. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They seem easy to put together. What about price verse just buying all the materials?
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  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is kinda an open question.

    There is nothing better looing than real natural stone.

    The stuff manufactured by the paver and block manufacturers looks like Legos. It's not harmonious with nature. And yes, I will say I have seen some nice kits. And people have even posted pictures on this site of some nice stuff, but at the end of the day - its still Lego'ee.



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  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Look at the kits that provide the 'skeleton' of the fireplace, then you veneer with your choice of stone. The paver company kits that are finished block are god awful
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  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yelp, that's what I want. Just the skeleton. That way I know it will work, and I can finish the stone myself. This will be for my personal home. We are a maintenance company so I don't ever install them for customers. I do have a huge stone yard near my home and I'm hoping they sale kits. They have every stone in the world to finish it with also.
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  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Look up stone age
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  8. BlockHead23

    BlockHead23 LawnSite Member
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    Or FireRock. That's what we use.
     
  9. stihljixxer

    stihljixxer LawnSite Member
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    The firerock kits are nice. You can always add wood boxes or other details to make it a bit more custom.
     
  10. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I looked at the fire rock kits and the are really nice. Kinda expensive though. Could you build one way cheaper with center blocks? If the price to build one verse a kit isn't much different it would be better to go with a kit. If there is a huge savings building one from scratch then I would rather do that since it's at my personal home.
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