adding an outdoor fireplace

Project by jroot posted 07-21-2008 04:59 PM 4859 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a fairly mundane patio, which has since been drastically improved by the addition of an outdoor fireplace. Since we live near a cedar bush, we cannot be burning wood, as the sparks are a real concern for safety reasons. Hence I have chosen to use a propane firepit, readily available at most building centres or larger hardware stores. I got mine when it was on sale for almost half price.

I poured a pad beside the existing patio, and then using patio bricks, built up the walls of the fireplace, leving some open spaces in the back for ventilation and decorative appeal as well. For the top, I poured another rectangular concrete slab. With the help of neighbours, this was lifted onto the walls of the fireplace. More bricks were placed on top of that, and a concrete flower urn was placed on top to resemble a chimney. The propane tank hides nicely behind the fireplace. I placed some little rabbits on the mantle piece, as well as some solar lamps placed into an iron candelabra. I planted some pansies into the top of the “chimney” flower pot. Since this photo was taken, I have also added some purple fountain grass which really looks great. There is a dahlia hedge on both sides of the fireplace which gives us more privacy.

We can cook on this outdoor fireplace / BBQ, so it works within the local firecode. We always have a package of weiners or some similar thing handy, just in case. LOL

-- jroot

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posted 07-22-2008 03:09 AM

Another nice project, and this is definitely on my to-do list. Thanks for the post.

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posted 07-22-2008 04:56 AM

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posted 07-30-2008 11:38 PM

I like this idea, nicely done!

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posted 08-05-2008 09:25 PM

Like the fireplace
I’m in process of creating a fireplace/pizza oven combo will post it once done with photo’s and blog nice job on yours

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posted 08-15-2008 12:19 AM

I like it very much.

Am I missing the chimney?

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posted 08-15-2008 01:35 PM

Thanks you for your kind comments.

I don’t have a chimney. With it being a propane burner, I opted for a few small vent holes in the back, as well as the open front. It works well. The concrete pot with the flowers in it simulate a chimney. This summer I put in purple fountain grass in the container, and it really looks neat.

-- jroot

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posted 08-15-2008 03:55 PM

It is like art work the way you displayed it all.

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posted 12-23-2009 07:51 PM

I just love this! I found it a week or so ago and I’m still looking at it. My son was going to buy my husband a firepit for X-mas and I said, NOOOO! I showed him this and he of course liked it too, so my husband is not getting a firepit for X-mas now. Maybe someday we can do this for our patio. I marked it as my favorite, hope you don’t mind. It is just way too cool. Now if I can just get some help this spring, maybe I’ll have one too. I’m not sure though if I want to use propane. If I don’t what would I need to do differently? Would I need a chimmney? I have no idea. I have another stupid question. You mentioned you used patio bricks. Those are just patio bricks and not fire bricks? They don’t crack from the heat? And one more, did you use morter? Okay, maybe I should just hire you to come build me one. Yours just looks perfect. Even the screen in front looks like it was made to fit. I love it!

-- Janice

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posted 12-24-2009 02:57 AM

I’ve been using it for a few years now. Still works great. We have a LOT of friends dropping over … for the atmosphere. Feel free to copy the idea. I love to share.

-- jroot

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posted 12-24-2009 09:08 PM

Nice touch looks good

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posted 03-18-2018 06:05 PM

Great looking outdoor fireplace! We’ve paved patios in Austin that ended up with some great looking fireplaces!

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