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How to Build an Outdoor Stacked Stone Fireplace

Add fireside ambiance to your backyard with an outdoor fireplace made with stacked stone.

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Materials Needed:

  • stacked stone
  • 2X4 pressure-treated lumber
  • concrete foundation
  • concrete cinder blocks
  • backer board
  • screws
  • mortar
  • trowel
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • notepad
  • nail gun
  • nails
  • drill
  • screws
  • chop saw
  • shovel
  • chimney cap
  • protective gloves
  • screwdriver
  • masonry anchors or bits

Step 1: Create a Design

Use tape measure to determine width, length, depth and height of fireplace. Jot dimensions down in notepad using pencil. Establish the overall look for fireplace. Consider brick for a more traditional aesthetic or man-made stacked stone for a contemporary look. Also decide if your fireplace will be wood burning or gas-lit.

Step 2: Create a Concrete Foundation

If your home doesn’t already offer a safe, flat area with a concrete slab, create one by digging a ditch, and mixing then pouring concrete.

Step 3: Lay Concrete

Referring to design, lay concrete cinder blocks, adding a layer of mortar between each block, leaving opening at top of chimney for ventilation.

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