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frankpoto 01-29-2012 10:34 PM

brick fireplace conversion
I want to convert my brick place into a fireplace for outdoor use. The fireplace is conventional brick and is located at the back of the house. If I brick in the front and dry wall it, I would then open the back (which faces the backyard) for outdoor use. I would then build a deck off the back of the house and enjoy my new outdoor fireplace. Does this make sense and could it be done without jeopardizing the construction of the fireplace?

oh'mike 01-30-2012 06:17 AM

In a nutshell--NO.

A fire box is carefully shaped to create a proper draw and draft----back curved--damper to the front of the fire box---Simply closing off the opening and making a new opening in the back will not draw right.

The fire box would need to be reshaped,too.

user1007 01-30-2012 08:31 AM

You need to consult an architect/landscape architect, fireplace or chimney expert, or a mason---or all three. What you have in mind is extremely dangerous, will not pass code, and will invalidate your fire insurance policy instantly. As mentioned, you (hopefully) have a firebox designed to draft fire properly. It will not work backwards.

You are probably better off designing and building a new fire feature element, with its own chimney, from scratch in your outdoor living area?

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