Outdoor fireplace kit or build from scratch?

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

  1. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I looked at buying a kit and ended up built it out of block and faced it. Your labor is free and the material is cheaper. Seems like a no brainer.
     
  2. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any tips on building it? I know could be a lengthy subject and there is plenty of info and research on the Internet for me, but could you give me some hints? I just want a basic looking one, with a hearth, arch, and possible a box to store the fire would(doesn't sound very basic :) )
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    An arch is definitely not basic. Have you done any masonry? I think there are some progress and finished pics in my thread
     
  4. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have some experience in the mason department, but my father is rhe expert. I think it would be a nice project for use once the new house is built. I'm more considered with it drawing right and looking right. I'm not worried about the skill involved. Maybe I can find a plan to follow off the Internet. I would like some plan or step by step instructions to follow so I know it's build right. I can buy the preformed arch from the people who make the kits for around 150.00. I think that's worth it and build the rest out of block and face it.
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  5. meador56

    meador56 LawnSite Member
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    We've built several outdoor fireplaces in our area, used both fire rock and stone age they are virtually alike. We like the stone age better they fit together much better. We always go with the basic kit and expand into wood boxes, bars and kitchen counters with cinder blocks. We have used a couple of the new kits made with a steel skeleton and concrete or durock sides. They are faster not necessarily better. Stone Age is to us better and quicker.
     

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