Your Cheap Fireplace Building Materials Guide

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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.