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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
There are all kinds of details you need to think about when building a stone fire place. Do some research on the basics and decide what you want to do with the thing. Use it to burn trash or to actually have a place do do some outdoor cooking in an attractive (primitive?) fireplace. Look for things like: firebrick liner for fire box; smoke shelf in chimney to help develop draw; metal fire box supports for metal grate insert to cook on.
I have not built one in about 20 years and the first one I saw built was over 50 years ago by my grandfather at a place he owned in NW PA. He had a pile of stones delivered and went to work with a trowel, a mixing hoe, a pile of sand, bags of cement, and a thing to mix in. No plans, just his pipe and them crooked Italian cigars he chewed - never lit. It took him about a week due to breaks to go fishing and to let the mortar set. That fireplace worked fine and all of us used it for years. Wonder if it's still there?
I envy you.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......