Outdoor Fireplace Construction Mistakes That Could Cost You Outdoor Fireplace Construction Mistakes That Could Cost You

The warm glow of sitting around a fireplace on a cool evening is a big draw in deciding on an outdoor fireplace construction project. There are a few things to keep in mind to prevent construction mistakes that could end up costing you big money.

Local Codes

Be sure to check local laws and codes about outdoor fireplaces. There are areas where conditions create an inversion layer that traps in smoke and can have your outdoor fireplace in violation of outdoor air quality laws.

Professional Design

Be sure to carefully follow a professionally designed outdoor fireplace construction plan. If the firebox, smoke chamber, flue and chimney are not sized and fitted correctly you may end up on the receiving end of a face full of smoke and a fireplace that won’t burn properly.

Construction Materials

Choose materials that will stand up to the weather in your area. Something that works great in southern California may not last more than a season or two in the Midwest.

Size and Weight

Some designs for outdoor fireplaces can be quite big and heavy enough to damage a patio. Be sure your patio is strong enough to support the weight, and large enough that you can still use the space comfortably after you build the fireplace.

Fire and Heat Safety

Make sure that the exhaust from your outdoor fireplace is not risking your home, your neighbor’s home or any of the surrounding trees and plants. Check with your local fire department about the safety of outdoor fireplace construction around wooden structures. As a general rule of thumb, don’t build one directly on a wooden patio.

Follow these basic tips and use plenty of common sense to avoid making the outdoor fireplace construction mistakes that will cost you plenty.

 

 

 

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