Archive for June, 2011

Outdoor Fireplace

Fireplace with cooking grate

This is the Fireplace I built. I found a link on the internet about a no mortar fireplace and I thought what a neat way to build an inexpensive fireplace. I found a nice level spot to build the fireplace, also away from any building, etc, which could be a fire hazard. You could put sand down to create a nice smooth base. The center is made up of 6 red 1.5″x16″x8″ blocks, I think they are called patio blocks. In front of these I put two 4″x8″x16″ blocks, to give a front edge to the fire pit.  Next I built the walls of the fireplace with 8″x8″x16″ blocks. The bottom row has full sized blocks, on the second row I use 2 half sized blocks, 8″x8″x8″ blocks. I placed the half sized blocks at the top front, just to make everything look uniform. The top layer is again the red patio blocks.

Most of the blocks I had already, so only had to buy a few blocks. I did find out some of the older blocks were slightly off in the measurements. If I had used all new blocks, might of had a little tighter fit. In any case the fireplace is strong and sturdy.