5 Tips to Install a Fireplace on Your Deck

Choose the Bells and Whistles

The typical fireplace requires a base (usually a concrete slab), firebox and a chimney or vents. Once you've nailed down those boring bits, survey your budget and decide if you have enough wiggle room to add a few fun extras! For example, consider making your fireplace a multi-functional entertaining mecca by including a built-in grill, sink or bar. Permanent bench seating with removable cushions can give your guests extra space to relax, or you can dress up the area with potted plants or other outdoor d├ęcor. Wood storage is another logical extra that will make starting a wood fire much less labor intensive.

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