Your Cheap Fireplace Building Materials Guide

The best way to get a cheap fireplace, is to build it yourself. Though it may seem like a daunting task, building your own fireplace won't take more than a weekend's hard work.

Cheap Fireplace Building Materials

As you read down the list, you will notice that you have a few materials to choose from. You can deviate from this list as needed to fit your budget or allow for more spending. This guide is designed for those on a very strict budget, looking to build a cheap fireplace.

  • Painters tape – You will use this to mark off the dimensions of the fireplace.
  • Metal Lathe – This is the material that you will be placing inside the painters tape. It is the base of what separates the wall and floor from the fireplace.
  • Mortar – This is the material you will use to assemble the bricks.
  • Bricks – These will build your fireplace structure.
  • Mortar Pan – This is to hold the mortar material.
  • Trowel – Used to lay the mortar.
  • Utility Knife – Will be used to cut the metal lath as well as anything else that needs to be cut open along the way.
  • Hammer and Nails – Used when you nail the lathe to the wall and flooring.
  • Grout – To conceal any edges of the fireplace that show the metal lathe.

A few of the materials listed can be found around the house. The metal lath for your cheap fireplace will run you around $5.00 to $6.00 per 2 ½ ounce pieces. Depending on your space, this could be very in expensive, but is absolutely necessary to build your fireplace.

Ventilation for a Cheap Fireplace

Keep in mind you will also have to provide a vent for the fireplace. Since its purpose is to burn wood, you will need a place for fumes and smoke to escape. You will need the following materials to build a cheap fireplace vent.

  • Double sided pipe.
  • Supplies to fix your roof such as extra shingles, nails and a hammer.
  • Roof Tar to fill in edges around the cut so it will not leak.
  • Tools for working with and sawing wood
  • A Screen to cap-off the pipe so animals don't get into the pipe and your home.