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Outdoor Fireplace Kits

Are you considering a cozy fireplace for your deck, patio, garden or yard? Fireplace kits are a great option if you want a do-it-yourself outdoor fireplace, or if you want to make the construction a bit easier so you can start enjoying this new backyard addition in just a few days. With these patio fireplace kits you can have a traditional single opening fireplace or one that’s a little more like a raised outdoor fire pit with a multi-sided view of the fire.

Why Buy An Outdoor Fireplace Kit

If you want an outside fireplace and want to do it yourself it’s best to get an outdoor fireplace kit, sometimes known as prefabricated fireplaces. Unless you’ve had experience with outdoor fireplace construction you may not know what materials to use. Many types of rock and stone can’t withstand the heat produced in a fireplace so they will crumble and degrade. It’s important to have a secure firebox that can withstand the heat of having fire after fire in it.

Especially in certain areas of the country if the fire isn’t contained properly it can be very dangerous and have long-lasting consequences. Outdoor fireplace kits help prevent problems with materials or construction as long as they are put together according to the directions.

These patio fireplace kits are assembled more quickly than a full masonry constructed outdoor fireplace, usually in a fraction of the time. Because they come with pre-cut, ready to install pieces they typically lower the cost of materials and labor compared to custom outdoor fireplaces too.

Outdoor Fireplace Kit
Outdoor Fireplace Kit

If you’re skeptical about outdoor fireplace kits because you want your fireplace to have a unique look and feel, more like a custom outdoor fireplace, don’t worry, it can easily be customized. Once the outdoor prefab fireplace is installed it can be decorated or veneered with stucco, stone or brick to get the specific look you want. So your outdoor fireplace kit can be the foundation for your beautiful outdoor stone fireplace. This flexibility also makes it easier to match the look of the fireplace to the already existing decor of your landscaped patio.

Where To Find Outdoor Fireplace Kits

You can find a variety of companies online that produce outdoor fire place kits. Many offer instructions, pictures and videos of how to assemble their kits and of the finished product. You can find different outdoor fireplace designs, and see how they will look when finished.

Some of these companies have distributors throughout the United States where you can order and pick up your kit. But with other companies you can order your kit online and it will be delivered to your home.

But before you start looking at outdoor fireplace kits make sure outdoor fireplaces are permitted in your area. If they aren’t you may be required to deconstruct your new fireplace, which would be terribly sad. It’s always best to check ahead of time so you know before you delve into the process.

It’s not surprising that outdoor fire pits and fireplaces have become so popular. They create such a nice, warm atmosphere for a cozy evening or for entertaining. They also allow you to enjoy your outdoor area earlier and later in the season, providing more usable space in your home. If you’re looking for an attractive outdoor patio fireplace that is affordable and easy to assemble consider outdoor fireplace kits. You may be surprised by just how convenient they are.

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Brick Outdoor Fireplaces

Installing outdoor fireplaces has grown more popular as people are enjoying the beautiful outdoors and creating a nice outdoor living space in their own garden or backyard. Resting by your brick outdoor fireplace enjoying its warmth and glow is a great way to relax after a long day or long week of work — especially if you are stuck working indoors most of the day.

Deciding On An Outdoor Fireplace

But before you start shopping for a brick outdoor fireplace there are a few things you need to consider and research. First you need to find out what is allowed in your area.

Are there any restrictions in your area? Can you have an outdoor wood burning fireplace or do you need to get one that burns cleaner like an outdoor gas fireplace? Do you need a permit to build a fixed outside fireplace? What type of materials are allowed in your area? Once you verify what is allowed in your area you can start considering outdoor fireplace designs and find the best outdoor brick fireplace plans to fit your needs.

Brick is a common material used for both indoor and outdoor fireplaces because it has an aesthetic appeal, it is durable and it can withstand the elements it will be exposed to outdoors. Because it will be a permanent fixture you want to plan your outdoor area carefully and think about any possible future additions.

Building Brick Outdoor Fireplaces

Brick Outdoor Fireplace
Brick Outdoor Fireplace

Building a custom outdoor fireplace can be a complicated project because of all the necessary parts involved in this type of construction, including the use of heat withstanding materials in the firebox. It’s best to hire an expert to handle this project.

One other option is to look at outdoor fireplace kits to help construct your ideal fireplace. An outdoor fireplace kit provides you with the materials you need to build an outdoor fireplace; once it is constructed you can add the brick to give it the look you want. If you don’t feel experienced enough to assemble the fireplace kit yourself you can hire someone who is. In most cases fireplace kits are much more affordable than custom outdoor fireplaces that are designed and built from scratch.

Brick outdoor fireplaces can make a great addition to your yard and increase the value of your home as long as you follow local laws and use fire safety precautions.

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Outdoor Fireplace Construction

When it comes to constructing an outdoor fireplace there are a several things you need to consider, from what is allowed in your area to what type of outdoor fireplace you prefer, to safety concerns. But once you work through these things you can create a beautiful and relaxing setting in your own patio, garden or back yard. It’s all worth the effort when you’re relaxing by your new outdoor fireplace enjoying the warm glow and the stars above.

Check Local Codes Before Starting Outdoor Fireplace Construction

It is important to check with your local municipalities to learn more about the local codes and laws in your area before you start looking at outdoor fireplace designs. Certain areas have more restrictions in order to maintain the air quality.

In some geographic locations, weather conditions can create an inversion which can trap the particles of smoke decreasing the air quality. Wood burning outdoor fireplaces can create problems with air pollution in these inversion areas, so some local laws prohibit wood burning varieties. If your area restricts wood burning you can look for an approved gas outdoor fireplace that uses propane or natural gas.

Types Of Outdoor Fireplaces

When you are deciding what type of outdoor fireplace there are a couple of considerations. One of the first decisions you may want to make is whether you want a wood burning or gas outdoor fireplace. Of course based on the laws in your area that choice may already be made for you. A wood burning fireplace will provide you with more of a rustic campfire feel, with the crackling sound and the smell of burning wood. A gas fireplace will burn cleaner and it is easier to light.

Custom Outdoor Fireplace
Custom Outdoor Fireplace

The other choice you need to make is whether you want a custom masonry fireplace or whether you want one that is prefabricated like an outdoor fireplace kit. A custom outdoor fireplace can provide a very distinct look for your outdoor area, but it will take more time and a bigger budget. Custom outdoor fireplaces are built from the ground up so they need to be done by a professional as they have specific engineering requirements and structural calculations which can vary depending on the type of soil is in your area.

Outdoor fireplace kits are a better option for those who are somewhat experienced and want to do it themselves. An outdoor fireplace kit will provide all the necessary parts in the right proportions to build a functional outdoor fireplace. Fireplace kits are less expensive than the masonry version, but that doesn’t mean they are plain. You can customize the look by adding stone or brick to get the look of traditional brick or stone outdoor fireplaces.

It is also important to determine what type of outside fireplace will withstand the weather conditions in your area. One that would be perfect for the Southwest may not work so well in the climate in the Northeast.

Outdoor Fireplace Safety

Before you start any construction on your outdoor fireplace make sure you consider fire safety first. Make sure the fireplace will be positioned in a way that won’t create any risk to vegetation and especially not to your home in the case an ember jumps of the fire. Be especially careful around wood decks and around trees and bushes. Because this is a significant and lasting project you may want to consult a local fire professional to help with any outdoor fireplace construction safety concerns.

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