Your Guide: How to Build a Fireplace

January 12th, 2016

Whether indoor or outdoor, residential or commercial, there are a range of fireplaces that not only add character and functionality to your home — they provide essential heat!

Taking on the task of building your own fireplace is not a small endeavor, but it is most definitely an achievable one. With the number of resources available today, do-it-yourselfers at any level can tackle this challenging and rewarding project.

Top resources to build a fireplace

Tap into these resources for an excellent start for your next fireplace project:

Planning Guide: Fireplaces (Bob Villa). The renowned home improvement expert provides an excellent introduction to the fireplaces you may want to add to your home (including masonry, zero clearance and gas). The most important step in any project is the first, and planning your fireplace project is essential. Villa's introduction and planning guide can help you get your project off to a great start.

How to Build an Outdoor Stacked Stone Fireplace (HGTV). The cable network taps into a range of industry experts for its shows and tutorials, and this tutorial is an excellent resource for DIYers looking to transform their deck or patio this year. Featuring videos, images, lists and a clear, step-by-step breakdown of the process, this robust resource offers tremendous value.

Refractory Mortar for Masonry Fireplace and Chimney Construction. Together with Jim Buckley, I created this guide to refractory mortar for firebrick (fireplace) and clay flue liner (chimney) installations.

Building a Fireplace Step by Step (Masonry Construction). Mason Tom Kasper walks through a how-to from the foundation to the chimney cap. This printable resource is packed with information.

Building your own fireplace is a challenging, yet rewarding project that will provide your home with warmth and style for many years to come. And when you're ready to start your project, the right Heat Stop product will help you get there.

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