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 lathe 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:
Vent Pipe - It'll need to be double sided.
Roofing Supplies - Supplies to fix your roof such as extra shingles, nails and a hammer.
Roof Tar - This will fill in the edges around the cut so it will not leak.
Woodworking Tools - You'll need to be able to saw and drill or nail wood elements.
Screen - This will cap-off the pipe so animals don't get into the pipe and your home.