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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- stacked stone
- 2X4 pressure-treated lumber
- concrete foundation
- concrete cinder blocks
- backer board
- tape measure
- nail gun
- chop saw
- chimney cap
- protective gloves
- 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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