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Old 06-01-2020, 04:26 PM   #1
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Building An Outdoor Fireplace

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We are building a see through outdoor fireplace that one side will be under a covered porch and the other side will be on a patio. Do I need a smoke shelf and damper? Or just build a throat out of terra Cotta to get to the flue liner?
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: Building An Outdoor Fireplace

Never have both sides open.....
run An "out side" air pipe to fire box/ash pit to increase heat efficiency.

Copy a two sided design YOU KNOW works...This isn't where you get to experiment.


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Old 06-06-2020, 08:14 AM   #3
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Re: Building An Outdoor Fireplace

I've built lots of outdoor fireplaces since moving to California almost twenty years ago. I've build a couple two sided as requested by owner or builder but don't recommend. The wind can blow right through and so , often not a nice fire to look at and not safe either.

A special damper is available for the two sided fireplaces. Though technically not needed outdoors for any fireplace, they are often used around here as they use a large, steel "form damper" that provides a kind of form for the smoke chamber and I guess help some people build a fireplace that will draw.
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