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Old 11-26-2011, 06:31 AM   #1
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Building an outdoor fireplace in Tennessee


Putting in a FireRock fireplace & wanted to know what kind of foundation I need for it. How deep does it need to be? What kind of rebar, etc. The kit is 2200 lbs (not including the rock veneer) & 85" high. I also plan to build a cinder block base (2 block high) to raise the height of the fireplace. Never done anything like this before. Feel okay about everything from the fireplace assembly on, but just need advice on making the foundation.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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Most times on foundations, you must go at least 3ft deep because of freezline depending on where you live. Living in Tenn. that should be plenty. That being said, line out with paint or string where you need 2 dig (make sure no lines underneath) and dig a 1ft wide 3ft deep trench. If you are using cender blocks, drive 5 ft rebar stakes every 8 to 12 inchs into ground about a foot deep so they stick up out of hole about a foot. Pour concrete about 3 inchs below ground level. If you can make this level, putting on blocks will be alot easier! Good luck, hope I could help!
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The bottom of footing should be below the frostline, if there is any in your area of Tennessee. After that, an 8" thick footing should be substantial enough, with a few 1/2" rebar going each direction. This is all subject to the soil conditions though........
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