How to build an outdoor fireplace?

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building outdoor fireplaces for years now.

Can a “do-it-yourselfer” build an outdoor fireplace? There is no doubt that someone skilled in masonry, can build an outdoor fireplace.

The primary challenges are building code knowledge and even more challenging is the “flu design”.

There are specific building codes that have been written in recent years with the growth of outdoor fireplaces from a safety standpoint. It is highly recommended that you get in touch with your local building department prior to your design phase or contact a pro.

In terms of flu design, the trick is the flu architecture to ensure that the smoke goes up and out the chimney as opposed to back at you. For more information, you can call 704-944-1350 or go to archadeckofcharlotte.com. To view more outdoor fireplace photos, visit our Charlotte outdoor fireplace photo gallery.

For your Charlotte outdoor fireplace, beware do-it-yourselfers and beware of the bricklayer (need a mason, artisan)

The most sought after outdoor living spaces today are built around the outdoor fireplace. Everyone wants them and many are surprised by the price to design and build them. When outdoor fireplaces are free standing out in the yard and adjacent to a patio or a deck, they can range in price from $7,000 up and they get more expensive as you make them wider, taller, use alternative materials, and so forth.

An even more popular application of the outdoor fireplace is integrating them into a screen porch or 3-season room so that you also have cover. These tend to be more expensive because you need skilled carpentry to insure the function and aesthetics are there to make the fireplace seamless with the roof structure. In addition, when you integrate a wood burning fireplace with a screen porch, the chimney needs to extend 2′ above the highest pitch within 10′ of the chimney. Furthermore, if the porch is up in the air, you need to build your stone work from the ground up and this adds additional masonry costs.

With the above variables in mind,there are those that seek out cheaper ways of having their fireplaces built. The unfortunate part of construction is that there are few barriers to entry. Any handy person can claim their ability to construct just about anything. The truth is that there is more to building an outdoor fireplace than meets the eye. People look at it and think all I need is some bricks and morter. Think again.

It starts with the footing. It is critical to have the proper depth, concrete, rebar, and so on. Then you need to understand the local building codes. Even if you don’t plan on pulling a building permit, they are some basic safety ideas that the code book provides for. How are you going to design your hearth? Have you any idea of the mantle material, where it needs to be placed, the width and depth? Finally and perhaps most importantly is the flu architecture. What is that? Designing the flue and chase so that the smoke draws properly up the chimney and not back at you through the fire box.

For these reasons, beware of trying to construct an outdoor fireplace by yourself or with a bricklayer. The money you save will be quickly spent trying to reconstruct the structure to actually perform! We have a vast photo gallery of outdoor fireplaces at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this outdoor living space featuring a Sunbrite outdoor TV and stone outdoor fireplace

A beautifully integrated outdoor fireplace in a screen porch with EZE Breeze windows in Charlotte, NC on stained pressure-treated wood decking by Archadeck of Charlotte

A beautifully integrated outdoor fireplace in a screen porch with EZE Breeze windows in Charlotte, NC on stained pressure-treated wood decking by Archadeck of Charlotte

Enclosing your screen porch with an outdoor fireplace in the Carolinas

The last few years has been a building boom for screen porches with outdoor fireplaces in the Carolinas. As one on the largest design/build firms in the Carolina’s, we have seen the demand increase exponentially for this type of project. The enclosed link is one the most often selected photos on our web site.

What is driving the demand? We can’t say for sure but would love some comments back?

We believe it the continuing urge for people to expand their outdoor living to year around and feel like they escaped from everyday life’s challenges? We also think it is a great way to go back to valuable time with family and friends without distractions! We would love to hear from you thoughts as to what is driving this amazing growth in outdoor fireplaces.

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Take a look at a picture of one of our popular porches that includes an inclusive outdoor fireplace.

Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at charlotte@archadeck.net.

 

Outdoor Fireplaces now common in Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte has seen huge growth in demand for outdoor fireplaces. Whether it is a stand alone on a paver patio or integrated into a screen porch, outdoor fireplaces are going up in neighborhoods all over Charlotte.  Most people opt for the real wood burning type and perhaps run a gas line out to make it easier to get the fire going.

The trick with outdoor fireplaces is to make sure the firebox and flu are designed correctly to ensure the smoke goes up, not out. It seems many contractors claim to be fireplace builders but there is a magic to correctly designing the flu geometry and it takes an experienced mason who understands the design criterion! Stone facades are the most popular in Charlotte and provide not only warmth but real entertainment value while having friends and family sit around and visit!