What is the Cost to Build an Outdoor Fireplace?
How much does it cost? That is most often the prevailing consideration for any significant consumer purchase. With respect to the construction of an outdoor fireplace, there are two primary alternatives with cost implications that are expansive in range.
First, there is the time-honored and heavy-priced traditional brick and mortar application. This type of fireplace is constructed from scratch by, you guessed it, brick (or natural stone) and mortar. The skill set required to construct such a feature is of an extremely high nature by any mason’s standard, and the amount time required to complete the project may be in excess of two weeks (depending on the specifications). As result, the draw you can expect to make from your “hip national” account can be anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000. The traditional brick and mortar build is an artisan’s craft. The resulting Old World style fireplace exudes a rustic yet elegant personality, and is most often considered to be well worth every penny from an aesthetic standpoint.
An alternative to a traditional brick and mortar application, the pre-engineered modular masonry fireplace system was developed in the 1980’s and has been gaining marks in popularity ever since. The pre-engineered masonry fireplace is a configuration of manufactured blocks constructed from any number of proprietary aggregate mixes and molds. The blocks are delivered to a job site (often concisely palletized and packaged) and are stacked and mortared in accordance with instruction manuals provided by the manufacturer. The pre-engineered aspect of the modular fireplace removes the need for free-handed mason skills (and the related labor in some instances). As result, the time required to install the modular system may only be 2-3 days. Moreover, the pre-engineered system can be installed by the homeowner or the everyday do-it-yourselfer, which allows for substantial cost savings. At a very general level, ownership and installation of a pre-engineered fireplace may cost $3,000-$5,000 (or 1/3 cost) of the traditional brick and mortar application. And because the firebox can be veneered with materials made from stone similar to that used with the traditional brick and mortar box, there is nothing sacrificed on the aesthetic spectrum.