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Apr 02

Outdoor Fireplace Project 01

Okay time for another update on this blog. As some of you might have known we where looking to sell our house due to the road in front of us being put through to another community and drastically increasing the traffic amoung other problems. However after several months on the market and the market not being all that good and looking at the inventory of houses out there we realized that we would have to spend significant amounts of money just at least have what we have in another area or get a house close to our “dreams” (first world problem I know). In the end we decided to stay and do some significant renos, I will leave those for another post. This post is focused on my pet project a few years in the making.

We love being outside and I especially love a good fire to sit around. We have for the last few years have had a fire pit in the back yard and the boys have loved roasting marshmellows and hot dogs, however as recently pointed out to us this is illegal due to a by-law not allowing open wood burning within city limits. A neighbour has even¬†threatened¬†to report us if we continue. So it was time to retire the fire pit. Very sad about this I started looking at alternatives. I am one who loves landscaping and obviously waterscapes etc. so of course I have been also interested in hardscapes and that goes along with outdoor living. This brought me to wanting to build an outdoor fireplace, but it couldn’t be wood burning as much as I wanted to also have a wood fired oven in it as well so I turned to gas. Last year I was fortunate enough to find an insert for 65% off so I purchased it only to come down with¬†appendicitis¬†a week or so later. That threw the plan of starting on the project out and then lead into our conversations of moving putting any prospect of building the fireplace¬†completely¬†on hold until we were settled. This is no longer the case and the great build begins!

First it began with the removal of the horrid Oregon grape which over the years was so entangled with itself it was a nightmare to remove. Then came the digging level things out and boy did I dig, it is amazing how much of slope there actually is in our backyard.

Next came the framing of the pad and tying of the re-bar easy enough. Then the great pour! Yep 3/4 ton of concrete mixed by hand in my wheel barrow. Have to say I was one sore and tired man.

A week later (Easter weekend)¬†the framing for the fireplace began. Everything is in steel to avoid and rot, mold, and termites, however I have to say steel is not really meant for this type of structure the end result is there but not as perfect as I would have liked it. In the end the¬†imperfections¬†will be hidden by rock so who is the wiser… oh wait now all of you. I do have to say a big thank you to Ernie my father-in-law for helping me out with this build, very much appreciated.

Next up is waiting for the insert to be converted to propane and then hanging all the cement board.

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