How to Make Outdoor Fireplace with Bricks

Daliah(zone 5)May 22, 2004

How to Make Outdoor Fireplace with Bricks

How does one go about making an outdoor fireplace with bricks. I just got some bricks for free. (They were offered for free as long as I hauled them away - my poor aching back) I would like to possibly have a spot inside where I can slide a rack in or out for cooking. Does anyone have the plans for such a venture? How many bricks would it take?

Daliah

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White_Wave(z5 IN)

Not every brick can tolerate heat like that. Actually, most cannot. Unless you scooped up some that were previously used for a fireplace, they will crumble with the heat.
Still, I think you could check out those metal circular fire pits available in a home improvement store and build a brick base for it. The fire would burn in the metal pit built to withstand it. I would just drystack the bricks (no mortar) until you find a design that works the best for you.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2004 at 10:21PM
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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

I've been told that cement board is fire resistant. You can get it at your local Home Depot and use it to line your firepit.

I've thought about this in the line of building an outdoor firebox for a wood or corn burning stove for heating my greenhouse. Not enough space inside greenhouse for stove: therefore put stove outside and pipe the heat in.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2004 at 10:01PM
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outdoor_fireplace

Another thought would be to try a fireplace kit and then use the bricks for the veneer. Fire Rock and Isokern make kits that stack together like 'legos'. There is a video of the Fire Rock product at www.firerock.us

Here is a link that might be useful: Fire Rock Outdoor Fireplaces

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 8:55AM
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outdoor_fireplace

Fire Rock has put a video describing the masonry fireplace kits. These fireplace kits work great for building an outdoor fireplace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Installation video of Masonry Fireplace Kits

    Bookmark   May 11, 2007 at 7:04PM
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outdoor_fireplace

Youtube has a video of installation of a Firerock masonry fireplace kit. The video is part of a Danny Lipford show and shows masons installing a Fire Rock fireplace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Video of Masonry Fireplace Kit Installation

    Bookmark   May 12, 2007 at 10:21PM
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redmand

You need to be carefull about what you use, I 've seen untreated bricks explode from water they absorbed being heated up.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 5:07AM
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samr83

I am looking for any reviews of Isokern fireplaces.
I am planning to install 2 Isokerns in a mountain house and love to build roaring fires. Do the Isokerns draw well and are they tough enough to withstand roaring fires?
Thanks,

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 7:18PM
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glorybeme

There are some great outdoor fireplace design tips

Here is a link that might be useful: Outdoor Fireplace Design

    Bookmark   December 21, 2008 at 7:41PM
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texaschimneypro

Isokerns look very beautiful but I have run into many of them that do not draft well and tend to smoke out the house. Their are some prefab fireplace out there that after installation get real firebrick in the box area grouted in. They look like real brick built fireplaces after installation and do not have any drafting problems. Also about a third of the cost of building a brick built fireplace. One example is the heatilator birmingham fireplace. Many of the other fireplace companies have a model similiar to this as well. I would stay away from Isokern if you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a fireplace that smokes up your house.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fireplaces Houston

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 5:46PM
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Niivek

Resurrecting a dead post? Yes, maybe. When I bought my house a few years ago, the place came with a pile of paving bricks. 30-40 of 'em. I just arranged them in a circle of about 12 bricks and made it a couple rows high. It's worked out for me for the past few years.
Here's something I'd love to try but haven't found a good material to use yet. GLASS FIREPIT! How cool would that be? I was originally thinking using glass block, but then thought they might explode or crack. Now I'm thinking square pirex dishes filled with colored glass beads. Though I guess a few years ago they changed the recipe for pirex so new dishes are no longer as heat resistant.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 2:38PM
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