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Considering a DIY Fireplace? What to Know

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If you have a patio area where you want to create your own fireplace, and you don't like the pre-made ones you can purchase at the store, there are a few different options you can look into. If you want to make the fireplace on your own, you can find the materials that you'll need at a stone supplier. There are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration, like how large your patio is and how large you want the fire pit to be. Look into the following design options.

Cement Bowl

With the right supplies you could make your own stone fire pit. You'll want to get the following items at the store:

  • Ready mix cement
  • Stone cast for a large bowl
  • Cement mixer or trowel

Mixing the cement, and then forming it into a bowl shape is a great way to get a fireplace that will look modern and last for years. Different sized casting options are available.

Stacked Paver

Create a fireplace with pavers. You can easily decide how large or small you want the fireplace to be, and curved pavers come in a variety of colors to match your current patio color. You can even put this type of fireplace in the grass if you want. The stacked pavers weigh themselves down so they do not need anything to hold them in place. If you worry about someone moving the fireplace or disrupting in, you can cement the pavers together.

In Ground

If you want the fire pit to be in the ground, you'll have to dig a few inches below the soil line and get rid of the greenery. Then, add a ring of pavers or stacked stones around that area. You can get larger stones at a stone supplier to do this, and the stones will stop the fire from spreading out over the top of the fire pit.

There are a lot of custom fireplace options you can get without having to spend a lot of money with a custom concrete contractor and without having to pay someone to bring stones to your home. Instead, check out a local stone supplier like Harristone Pre-Cast - Merrillstone Natural Stone Products - G. S. Harris Co., Inc. and look at the different models and ideas they have on display. Then you can decide what type of fireplace will look the best outside your home and with your patio.