As the first colder weather begins to drift over the Coffs Coast, now would be a great time to consider building an outdoor fireplace or pit. An outdoor fireplace brings drama, light and warmth to your backyard. Moreover, it’s a beautiful focal point for friends and family to gather around during the colder nights of autumn and winter. So, what’s involved and will the cost cause a ‘hearth attack’? Let’s have a look.
Fireplace Rules and Regs
Firstly, make sure you chat with your local council and determine what rules and regs they have governing outdoor fireplaces. For instance, some areas have regulations about the fuel you burn, the minimum distance from property and fence lines, and even ta chimney’s height. Furthermore, now is an excellent time to put a call in to your home insurance company. Check that you’re going to be covered for any damage a fire may cause. Lastly, check with Dial Before You Dig (1100) to confirm the position of any services that are near your proposed fireplace site. Now you’ve cut through the red tapes, it’s time to build!
The type of outdoor fireplace you build will depend mainly on what you want to do with it. For instance, is it to cook on, or will it be purely for warmth? Are you considering large gatherings or something more intimate and cosier? If you’re investing a decent amount of cash, make sure you can see the fire from inside the house. Finally, consider the space around the fire. A general rule is to allow at least two meters in front of your fire for seating.
Fireplace Building Materials
Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits must be constructed of heat-proof materials. These include brick, block, concrete, or stone for the exterior. The fire-box, or the part where the flame is, is usually lined with fire bricks or thick metal. If you’re planning on a more traditional fireplace and chimney, this must have a fire-rated flue fitted internally.
Home is Where the Hearth is
So, what are the cost considerations for this appealing addition to any backyard? Well, the good news is costs start pretty low and rise from there to many thousands. If you’re looking for a small portable outdoor fire, then you can spend as little as $200.00 for a simple metal bowl (brazier) with a base. A traditional chimenea will set you back about the same. Next, decorative outdoor gas fireplaces cost from $300 to $800. However, if you’re looking for a more substantial fireplace built with stone or brick, you need to allow around $4 to $5,000, perhaps going up to $12,000 with a full chimney and stone base.