By Emily AndersonMore in Outdoors
Reinforced concrete or structurally engineered foundation
¼-inch knotch trowel
Modular fireplace and chimney
Firebrick at least 1 1/8 inch thick
Stone, brick, plaster, or stucco cladding
TIP: Build a modular fireplace to extend your outdoor living space into cooler weather.
1. Build it on reinforced concrete or structurally engineered foundation.
2. For raised hearth, build base of concrete block.
TIP: Raised hearth can double as bench.
3. Assemble modular firebox and chimney on top of hearth, gluing together components with manufacturer’s mortar.
TIP: Components fit together like a puzzle; each one goes into only one place.
4. Scratch coat interior with ¼-inch knotch trowel.
5. Line firebox with firebrick at least 1 1/8 inch thick; use firebrick or refractory mortar.
TIP: To make firebrick adhere better, sponge down firebox and dip brick into water just before mortaring.
TIP: Keep application ¼ in thick or less so mortar won’t shrink in heat.
6. Finish exterior with plaster, brick, stone, or stucco.
TIP: Apply lathe and scratch coat first.
7. Start with small fires to cure mortar and reduce moisture in units.
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