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Constructing an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit in Your Backyard

Todays Date: October 22, 2018

The backyard is considered an extension of your home. It serves as a space for entertaining family and friends. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit creates an inviting gathering location for a relaxing evening. Many outdoor fireplaces can be included as part of a covered or screened porch, while fire pits work well for patios, swimming pools, or near a lake.

Planning is crucial to proper design of your new outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Ask yourself what you will be using the space for. Will you be entertaining friends and family or are you seeking a space to relax with your spouse?

Be sure that when designing your fire pit that you make it large enough so that all your guests can gather around without feeling cramped. Layout the area with the chairs to verify the size before you begin digging the footers.

If you are looking for a more intimate setting, try using over-sized outdoor couches and chairs that seat two. This type of setting is more fitting for an outdoor fireplace but works well with a fire pit as well.

Outdoor fireplaces are built much the same way indoor ones are, except the chimney does not need to be as tall. The chimney needs to be tall enough to provide a strong draw. If you are thinking of constructing an outdoor fireplace, especially in a covered or screened porch, it is probably best to hire a professional. If you do have some basic carpentry skills, there are kits available that can be assembled.

Fire pits can be above or below the ground depending on your needs and location. Fire pits have a fire rated brick veneer over concrete block with a poured concrete with reinforced steel footing and a fire rated brick floor. You can install a gas fuel line for igniting a fire and a plumbing drain line for easy cleanup as options if you choose.

You can always choose to purchase a portable fire pit made of metal. These should be placed on a non flammable area such as a brick paver or concrete patio and clear of any roof overhangs.

Closing Comments

No matter what you decide to do, installing an outdoor fire pit or fireplace will be a great addition to your backyard and will provide you and your family many enjoyable evenings.

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