Constructing an Outdoor Living Area?
Do you have a space in your yard you would like to make better use of? Perhaps you spend enough time indoors during the week and would like to have a place outdoors to entertain, socialize and relax. That’s completely understandable.
Outdoor chimney and fireplaces are more common for that very reason. There is something special about a burning fire when with a group of friends. It just feels right, and relaxing. On cooler nights though people pick up and go indoors sometimes before they want to. Those portable fire pits can be handy for cooking marshmallows on for the kids, or keeping the mosquitos away at dusk but they are not built for producing heat.
With the right fireplace a warm radiant heat is produced that you can feel. This can keep you outdoors longer into the season, perhaps even into the winter!
What are the obstacles for an outdoor fireplace?
As we begin to plan the fireplace for the outdoor living area we must identify some potential issues. It needs to be away from the main house or else the top of the chimney would need to be built according to the height requirements for chimneys, which is well above the roofline. Not something we want to do with a detached fireplace and chimney. Another obstacle when building a real wood burning fireplace is trees, bushes, shrubs and other vegetation or overgrowth. They need to be cut back and no trees should overhang a wood burning unit of any kind.
When adding something as permanent as a chimney care must also be taken not to encroach on property lines. A footing will need to be dug and proper procedures such as calling dig safe should be utilized as well.
Are outdoor fireplaces built differently than indoor units?
Constructing an outdoor chimney and fireplace isn’t much different than building a chimney with an indoor fireplace. A damper isn’t required as there is no heated room air to seal off from going up the flue when not in use.
Care must be taken when selecting the mortar that that is used on completely exterior wood burning fireplaces. As always a qualified masonry contractor should be used to build this type of chimney, not a landscaper or others that are claiming experience with this construction. The wrong mortar that is exposed to heat, creosote, and moisture will degrade at an accelerated rate.
Outdoor fireplace construction materials
Deciding what materials to construct the chimney with isn’t limited in any way. If you can dream it up we can build it! Our signature masonry chimneys are usually built with one of the following:
Different design elements can be added to any of the previous finishes such as:
- Corbeled Elements
- Radius Hearths
- Stone Hearths
- Stone Mantles
- Stone Caps
And many more!
Why Massachusetts Should Hire Us For Their Outdoor Fireplace & Chimney
At JB Mohler Masonry, we put our exceptional craftsmanship into each and every one of our Massachusetts outdoor fireplace construction projects. We have over 20 years of experience in the construction of fireplaces and chimneys. Worcester area residents have come to rely on JB Mohler Masonry for professional service each and every project.
We are a fully insured masonry company based in Clinton, MA. We strive to complete our projects on time. We believe complete customer satisfaction is one of the most important aspects of any fireplace or chimney project. We back each of our services with a quality guarantee.
If you are looking for a Massachusetts fireplace & chimney contractor then please call 978-365-6800 or complete our online request form.