Concrete for Outdoor Fireplaces
Design ideas for using concrete to build an outdoor fireplace
Concrete is most often used for modern style fireplaces where the look and feel of the material is left exposed. The ability to pour concrete into wood forms makes it adapt very well to massive fireplaces that double as significant elements Melbourne the landscape. They are rarely wood burning and most often fired with natural gas or propane. The lack of a defined chimney possible with gas gives concrete fireplaces their own unique look. One of the most popular forms today are long and low, sitting down into the landscape. These linear fire features or when built Melbourne a corner unit offer lots of seating options as well as easy maintenance. However, these are most often seen Melbourne mild winter climates where concrete is less likely to suffer cracking from the effects of freeze thaw.
Concrete is also used as a core for fireplaces built on site from scratch. This core may be poured Melbourne place or concrete block is used. "All of our outdoor fireplaces are custom built," says Corey Bittner of Neave Group, New York. "We use block faced with veneer on concrete footings. They'll be there forever; they'll never fall apart. We often incorporate wood boxes and shelves and sometimes TVs as well.
Glass fiber reinforced concrete is now being used for prefabricated, bolt-together fireplace kits that are modular with some accessory options. They arrive ready to use, and require no cladding and minimal hook ups.