DIY Fireplace Video Tutorial

If you’re a homeowner and you love to save money doing things on your own, you are a DIYer by definition. This DIY status is great. But what if you don’t know the detailed build methods of what you are trying to do? Maybe a DIY Fireplace Video Tutorial is the answer.

There are so many great sources of information that will lead you to getting your DIY project completed. But so many times the information is vague and not complete. I’m talking about a DIY backyard masonry project. Where is the all inclusive tutorial information showing you exactly how to build an outdoor fireplace?

Where do you go to find the answers you are looking for?

We Have Your Solution

Man in white hat cutting cinderblock. Masonry DIY outdoor fireplace behind him. Diamond blade and grinder being used on construction.
How to cut cinderblock the right way.

Well, here’s the answer. Dan at Backyard Flare, LLC in Tucson, Arizona, built a backyard DIY fireplace with a homeowner. They followed the Winslow design and construction plan offered at www.backyardflare.com. It was a great build as Dan got to work directly with a DIY homeowner and teach him along the way.

This DIY outdoor fireplace build took place over a week and the process was video and audio recorded for very detailed instructional steps. Each tutorial video segment was categorized and the videos show the exact way the building took place. It followed a masonry (block and mortar) method of construction. Everything was covered from the tools used and their safety, the materials used and explained in detail, and the build method involving the pouring of the arches. Metal and block cutting was explained and demonstrated, and mortar mixing and block laying was also covered. This video tutorial was made with you in mind, the DIY enthusiast who just needs a little bit more confidence and reassurance that you can do it.

Learning Has Never Been Easier

If you go to vimeo.com/ondemand/diyoutdoorfireplace and watch the trailer, you can see the up-close building that you can imitate in your own backyard. This is what a DIY Fireplace Video Tutorial needs to include. Watch Dan as he builds the fireplace and see how he explains the build process in detail. All aspects from the first blocks to the last and everything in between. The videos total 3 hours and 43 minutes of instruction.

Why Wait? Build Today!

If you want the best and most comprehensive tutorial video series showing DIY outdoor fireplace construction, then look no further. We know you’ll learn something. And the best part is that this tutorial isn’t just for the Winslow design as these building methods are used in all our DIY fireplace designs.

Get started on your fun and rewarding DIY outdoor fireplace project today. You’ll be glad you did because you will build a great outdoor destination and at the same time, you will add thousands to the value of your home.

DIY Outdoor Fireplace Costs

How expensive is it…really?

So do you have a desire to add a DIY outdoor fireplace to your backyard? Have you been thinking about designs and placement? Anything you build on your own or have built to improve your outdoor living space will have a cost associated with it. Build costs can be drastically different when you compare a DIY built fireplace to one you pay to have built.

By saying that the build costs vary drastically, that is no overstatement in any way. Let’s break this down, starting with how much a DIY built fireplace would cost. When you get a construction plan from Backyard Flare, LLC, you will get a materials list that tells you exactly how many of each block, how much mortar, concrete, steel, etc, that you will need to build a specific design.

DIY Outdoor Fireplace Costs Broken Down

Each building material has a cost, so for ease of explanation, let’s use $1.00 as the cost for a block, $3.00 for a bag of concrete, and $4.00 for a bag of mortar. Let’s then throw in $300.00 for other build materials like firebrick, wood, angle iron, and rebar. If you have a fireplace design that would require 150 blocks, that is $150.00 to start. Let’s say 10 bags of mortar and 15 bags of concrete also, so that would be $40.00 and $45.00, respectively. With the added $300.00, the total would be approximately $545.00 for the rough building materials.

Let’s say you were able to pour your own foundation for $300.00 in materials. Also, that you found a great looking veneer for a total of $500.00. Adding these costs to the rough build, your total build materials for the fireplace would be approximately $1,345. With no labor costs, and only sweat equity and a whole lot of fun, your costs wouldn’t exceed that for the most part.

outdoor fireplace cholla veneered swimming pool
This is our Cholla design built by a DIY homeowner

Contractor Costs Broken Down

When you have a contractor build the fireplace, you need to start with the $1,345 cost for materials to get a decent calculation. Most of the time, there are additional costs associated with mark-up for the materials. We won’t add those in. At least here in the Arizona area, we have figured out that average labor costs are 4-5 times the materials cost. These calculations would be $1,345 X 4 and $1,345 X 5. These equal $5,380 and $6,725, respectively.

These two labor amounts are only approximate and they are not set in stone. When you add the two labor costs to the $1,345 cost for materials, you could expect to pay $6,725 to $8,070 for the fireplace.

Are you Convinced Yet?

When we look at the differences between the costs of a DIY built fireplace and a contractor built fireplace, there are literally thousands of dollars separating them. Most people would agree that saving money is important. This savings can be directly attributed to building your fireplace DIY style.

When you’re ready to build a gorgeous outdoor fireplace on a budget, your first stop should be www.backyardflare.com. We can offer you a step by step DIY construction plan that will guide you all the way through your build. No sense in trying to figure it out on your own. Starting at only $39.99, you will have the best and most comprehensive DIY construction plan on the market. We look forward to helping you with your DIY project.

How to Build a DIY Outdoor Fireplace

If you’re reading this, you either stumbled on it, or you were actively searching for information on how to build a DIY outdoor fireplace. Either way, welcome and I am so happy that I can share this with you. I get questions on a daily basis from people who say they were excited when they finally found Backyard Flare. Building a DIY outdoor fireplace became a reality at that time for many people who originally thought they needed to figure it out on their own.

Masonry construction outdoor fireplace with storage and concrete lintels
Build your DIY outdoor fireplace and then veneer it however you like. There are no rules.

Can anyone really do it? Actually “yes” you can.

So, if you are able to lift a bag of concrete off the ground, then I believe you have what it takes to build a DIY outdoor fireplace. Believe me, it doesn’t require that you have to have worked with masonry before. If you have only ever seen cinder blocks while walking past them at Home Depot or Lowes, you are still able to build if you follow our construction plans.

Cinder block DIY outdoor fireplace with construction plan
Print your DIY outdoor fireplace plan and bring it to the work site. So easy.

Our designs are very simple even though they are absolutely gorgeous. And the best part is that the majority of our customers are people who are new to the world of DIY outdoor fireplace building. Many have never mixed mortar or used power tools. Our construction plans show people in a very detailed way how to go about putting a DIY outdoor fireplace together.

What do the DIY outdoor fireplace plans work?

We created DIY outdoor fireplace construction plans that are so easy to follow and comprehensive. Most of the guess work is taken away. The construction plans contain large, easy to see, isometric diagrams, and lots of very detailed written instructions. Imagine following a Lego book, but add the written part in as well for more detail. You will take the materials list in the plan and buy exactly what it says, as we have calculated each block and material down to the amount you’ll need. Pretty cool huh?

Cinder block anyone?

Our DIY outdoor fireplace construction plans all follow a cinder block build method. You will be able to pick out whatever veneer you like to finish the structure. By the end of the build, you’ll be high-fiving your family and friends. Then it’s time to get ready to enjoy the warmth of a raging fire on a cool night.

If you’re looking for more information and pics, or just some more inspiration, check out our Instagram profile, “backyardflare”, and our Pinterest profile, “DIY Outdoor”. We know you’ll find something that will look great in your backyard. Let us know how we can help you succeed and how to save thousands at the same time.

When you’re ready to get your plan, go to Backyard Flare, and pick out your favorite design. Once you purchase it, you will receive it in PDF directly to your email. We strive to serve you and to make sure your building experience is the best it can be. Let us show you the reality to outdoor comfort. Call or text me (Dan) direct at 520-269-9740 if you want a free consult. I’ll be waiting.

Start Your DIY Project Today

Never a Better Time

Have you been wondering what you’re going to put in your outdated or boring backyard? Have you looked at it long enough with disgust and with the feeling that you never really want to hang out back there? What about an outdoor fireplace?

You should explore different options for filling that space with an amazing outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen. And…if you decide to build the structures by yourself, you will save thousands of dollars in comparison to having a construction company build it for you.

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Outdoor poolside fireplace built by a DIY homeowner
Outdoor DIY fireplace built by a tree line in a backyard.
Our world famous Prescott design built by a DIY homeowner

Look at what our customers are doing with their backyards. They are adding gorgeous destinations on their tree lines, with tall and bold designs. They are building very simple but elegant outdoor fireplace and grill structures off their existing patios, and they are adding the wow factor to their swimming pool decks.

The Power is Yours – Get a DIY Plan

When you decide that you want a stunning and functional backyard at a budget price, then visit Backyard Flare for the best and most comprehensive outdoor fireplace and grill construction plans on the market. It doesn’t get any easier than that. What are you waiting for, visit Backyard Flare, pick your favorite design, get the plan, buy the materials, and start building.

Unparalleled Service Guaranteed

We strive to stay the course with you while you build. Backyard Flare wants to be involved in your progress both with pictures, but also with phone calls and emails.

We are always available to you either while you’re in the planning phase or the building phase. Call Dan at 520-269-9740 for a free discussion on your backyard and decide if a DIY outdoor fireplace is in your future. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.

DIY Outdoor Fireplace Plans

Have you given any thought to building something in your backyard? Maybe something like an outdoor fireplace? You don’t need a lot of room either. It will add thousands to the value to your home, but it doesn’t have to cost thousands to build. That’s where Backyard Flare comes in.

outdoor fireplace cholla veneered swimming pool
This is our Cholla design built by a DIY homeowner

How Does It Work?

You can do the labor yourself by following a DIY construction plan from Backyard Flare, making your outdoor fireplace a smooth process. We got you covered with building info and unparalleled customer service. There are so many beautiful outdoor fireplace designs available, big and small, short and tall. Even if you build the same design as someone else, it’s guaranteed to look different because you get to pick the veneer and finish options. How cool is that?

outdoor fireplace patio furniture diy
Small outdoor fireplaces can add lots of value to your home too

It’s never been easier than now to get going on this amazing adventure, and you will build with confidence. Just knowing that you don’t have to figure it out will make your experience lots of fun and we are always available to you even while you’re building your outdoor fireplace.

DIY outdoor backyard fireplace at night with fire
Outdoor fireplaces are so enjoyable with family and friends

Best DIY Plans Available

Our DIY construction plans have a materials list, a tools list, lots of detailed diagrams, and very comprehensive written instructions that will guide you through your build process. The construction plans will show you the position of each cinder block by row and you’ll feel like you’re stacking adult size Legos. We will email the outdoor fireplace construction plan directly to you so no waiting for them to show up in the mail. You could be building sooner than you think.

Get Started Today

Why not get started on your project today? Visit our website at www.backyardflare.com and get inspired. We’re sure you’ll want to jump in and build one once you see how easy it can be. Thanks and we hope to hear from you.

DIY Fireplace Plans

outdoor fireplace on a pool deck with a hot tub and outdoor furniture
Gorgeous DIY outdoor fireplace built by a homeowner using our construction plan

I love phone calls

I love the fact that we have helped lots of DIYers with DIY fireplace plans. We also love to hear feedback from our customers. The other day I answered my phone and began speaking with a past customer who built a Pima II fireplace design. Karen explained that she had received some bids from contractors to build an outdoor fireplace in her backyard and was blown away at the price tag. She wasn’t prepared to pay what was bid.

Karen elected at that point to start looking for assistance. She stumbled on Backyard Flare’s website while searching for “DIY fireplace plans”. After reviewing our designs, Karen said she picked the Pima II because of the large firebox and the low rough materials cost.

backyard outdoor DIY fireplace built on patio with travertine and stucco finish.
Inexpensive DIY outdoor Pima II fireplace built by a homeowner, stucco and travertine covered with a wooden mantel and lighting

I listened as she told me about her building experience and about how much fun and how fulfilling it was to complete the construction by her and her family. She said that she never thought she could build a DIY fireplace on her own…that was until she discovered our plans.

I was happy to get that phone call because it solidified what we have known for years. We design our fireplaces for the customers that don’t have a ton of masonry building experience. Some don’t have any at all. Our simplistic build plans cater to the DIY homeowners that want to step into a DIY project. They may need just a little bit of instruction to get started.

Get started on your project

We know that you have what it takes to build one too and we are eager to hear about your backyard and your plans to transform it. Text Dan at 520-269-9740 and let’s discuss your design ideas. Let’s talk and know that it’s free, and with no obligation.

Take care and happy building to you. It’s time to get started!!! Go to Backyard Flare to pick your favorite design.

DIY $1,000 Outdoor Kitchen

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My father in-law standing proud with his new outdoor kitchen.

Our DIY outdoor kitchen build began with some ground excavation and measuring for slab height as compared to the existing concrete patio. This was very important as we planned to add brick pavers from the patio to the base of the outdoor kitchen and we wanted it to match up perfectly. Once we determined the proper slab height, we built our wood forms, tamped and prepared the ground, added our steel mesh, and got to pouring the concrete.

concrete pad quikrete
Slab was poured in approximately 35 minutes

My father in law and I worked in tandem, with me mixing and pouring the concrete and him screeding the wet mix. Within 35 minutes, we had the concrete done and we waited for it to start setting up.

concrete foundation cinderblock

Two days later, we pulled the forms off and exposed a great looking L shaped slab that was waiting for some mortar and block. Once the block laying began, we worked for approximately 6 hours to complete the rough block build.

cement mortar quikrete

We mixed our N-type mortar in a mixing bin and got 15 blocks mortared in place with each 60-lb bag. This is how much you can generally get done if you don’t waste or lose too much mortar on the ground.

@charbroil Charbroil grill charcoal outdoor kitchen
@charbroil grills are a great way to go for a great look and functionality

@Charbroil for Functionality

We dismantled a Char-Broil charcoal grill and built a base for the cooking system to sit on. The counter height was a standard 36″ and with a gorgeous flagstone, the raised bar and counter was finished. The outer edge of the flagstone was a very cool chisel cut for a rustic look.

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Flagstone is a great counter and bar material

outdoor kitchen grill stucco @charbroil grill

Finish Work – Stucco and LEDs

I applied stucco to the sides of the structure and painted it to match our previously built outdoor fireplace. We ran some low voltage lighting cord and added great looking LED lights for additional ambiance. We hoped to keep the outdoor kitchen build to a minimum and we ended up spending right at $1,000 total on the structure. This cost included the material, lights, counter, and even the grill. Amazing what you can do when you have a plan to follow. A DIY outdoor kitchen can be in your future.

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Lighting is the best way to add a rich look

Let us know how we can help you with a DIY outdoor kitchen construction plan. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg so let us show you how to do it.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Build

Getting Started

Well, this 2020 spring sure snuck up on us.  Down here in the southwest, the temps are getting into the 70s already in March, so we are looking at some DIY projects.  We have decided that an DIY outdoor kitchen is what my father-in-law’s backyard needs.  He’s super excited and we started talking and discussing the build and what we would want in the structure.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen with Charcoal Grill
Getting started with the excavation.

We have a few hundred square feet to work with, so we have some different shapes and configurations available to us.  There is a gorgeous mountain view to our east, so we definitely want to keep that on our mind when we design the layout. 

Initial Thoughts

First and foremost, my father-in-law loves to cook on charcoal, so we are headed in that direction with the grill.  We picked out a Char-Broil brand structure that we’ll modify to fit the space.  That’s a real cool way to build and very economical, so we’ll be getting into that in some future posts.  Secondly, we are looking to match the exterior of the outdoor fireplace that we built last year on the opposite side of the backyard.  In order to do that, we’ll be putting stucco and outdoor lighting on our DIY outdoor kitchen, with flagstone as our counter material.  By using the same finish material on the grill and fireplace, it’ll look like we built both structures at the same time and the overall look of the backyard will look well thought out. 

We decided that a raised bar area would be a nice addition to the DIY outdoor kitchen, so the structure will have to be big enough to accommodate that extra feature.  An “L” shape is something we feel will work so the guests sitting at the bar will have the mountain view to look at while they talk to the grill chef and enjoy their favorite beverage.

Starting the Construction

We staked out the rough dimension of the “L” shape grill and then started figuring out the level of the future concrete slab.  This is important so our patio pavers are the same height of the patio to the house.  The excavation of the site started with a quick dig out of the slab dimension. 

Using a really long level, 6-footer, we laid out random pavers from the existing patio to the farthest side of the DIY outdoor kitchen structure.  This would tell us how much digging we would need to do to get it uniform and level. 

Drawing and Block Count/Order

CAD drawing of the DIY outdoor kitchen
CAD drawing of the DIY outdoor kitchen

Dan at Backyard Flare drew up the grill structure using CAD and concept and then used the drawing to calculate the type of blocks and exact number of each block needed.  Dan figured the mortar and concrete need as well, and then called Lowes to place the order for delivery.  The best part is that almost all the building materials and even the grill will be delivered right to the side of the house, which is where the gate is located leading to the backyard.  The materials purchased, including the $75 delivery fee, was only $505, and that included the grill.  Wow, how much more economical can it get?

Follow along on our future posts as we build.  You’ll be amazed at how easy and inexpensive it can actually be to build on your own.  The DIY world is yours to explore and we can help.  If you’re interested in building your own backyard paradise, let us know how we can help.  Get your construction plan today and begin building your DIY outdoor kitchen tomorrow.  Happy building. 

Inexpensive DIY Outdoor Fireplace

Our Arizona Backyard Fireplace

Hello all you DIYers and enthusiasts of backyard fireplace and transformation.  I wanted to write a bit about one of our latest ventures, a corner Arizona outdoor fireplace with storage voids that I built at my in-law’s house in Arizona.  The backyard isn’t huge, only about 30 feet deep from the back of the house to the back wall, so we decided to offset the fireplace in the corner to not block the mountain view.

Doesn’t Have to be Expensive!

The best part of this whole build is that we really designed and built on a budget, building as inexpensive as possible without substituting quality.  In total, we spent just over $1,600, and that included the poured concrete slab, lighting, and all finish work.  It really is amazing at what you can build and how cheap the overall cost can be when you enter the DIY world.  So, let’s break it down.

The Backyard Fireplace Building Begins

Concrete slab for DIY outdoor fireplace
Getting the slab poured is lots of fun.
Wood form with steel and concrete for outdoor fireplace
Use wire mesh or rebar in your concrete pour to add strength to the slab.
Man pouring concrete for outdoor fireplace
Concrete is a dirty job but lots of fun at the same time.

We knew the footprint of the backyard fireplace so we worked with disturbing only that area. We excavated the site and prepared the ground for the concrete slab, using steel in the pour.  Once the concrete cured for a few days, we began laying the block as per the construction plan, which showed literally where every block went.  So easy!  We established the entry point at the back of the structure for the low voltage lighting wire to come in and routed that wire through the structure.

Masonry construction outdoor fireplace with storage and concrete lintels
We filled wooden jigs with concrete to create the arched lintels.

The storage voids and firebox were arched and that was completed by building wood jigs, supporting them in place, and pouring concrete into them to create the lintels.  The arches really made the three openings come to life, so we are happy we made that decision.

Finish Work Decisions

DIY outdoor backyard fireplace at night with fire
Just an amazing night with family and friends.

When the rough build was completed, we lined the firebox with firebrick in a stacked pattern to change it up and covered the whole structure in smooth coat stucco.  The stucco was then painted to match the color of the house, so it tied everything in.  Almost all horizontal surfaces were covered in a gorgeous honey brown flagstone that we chisel cut for a rustic edge.  The LED lighting was added to the front of the structure and inside each storage void, where it was connected to the low voltage wire.  We are so happy we made the decision to add lights because it makes the whole structure come to life even when not in use.

Finished DIY outdoor fireplace with painted stucco and brick patio
Finished DIY outdoor backyard fireplace with painted stucco and brick patio

The patio spanning the front of our backyard fireplace was completed in a random pattern with colored concrete pavers.  It sure made the whole sitting area complete, giving it a finished look.  We have enjoyed the fireplace even through the summer with ambiance fires, so we’re not letting the warm nights slow us down.  Sitting at a distance is the way we do it when it’s warm outside.  Just make sure you and your guests have your drink of choice while you sit and relax.

Want to Build a Backyard Fireplace Too?

We hope you love our backyard fireplace and all of what we built as much as we do and that you are inspired to step into this as well.  Backyard Flare, LLC is the leader in DIY outdoor fireplace construction plans.  Whether you are an accomplished mason or someone who has NEVER worked with block and mortar, you can build our designs.  Open the construction plan and begin building your own backyard fireplace.  We are confident that you too can build a masterpiece, so get going on your design ideas. 

Backyard Lighting

Outdoor lighting on DIY outdoor fireplace at night
Beautify your DIY outdoor fireplace with lighting.

There are many ways to install backyard lighting in your outdoor space.  In this quick tutorial, we’d like to specifically go over our method of installing low voltage lighting in a outdoor fireplace structure.  We are currently building an amazing DIY outdoor fireplace at my in-law’s house in Marana, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson, and it is turning out beautiful.  To include that “extra something”, we made sure to add a little lighting to the fireplace, so it really shows off the structure at night.  Backyard lighting makes the world of difference when added tastefully.  Just a little goes a long way.

Bring Your Backyard To Life

Even when we aren’t enjoying the warmth of a fire, we want to be able to look out the window into the backyard and see the fireplace, and the lighting will really make that happen.  The backyard lighting also gives off enough ambient light, so the backyard isn’t completely dark.  We want to be able to go outside and walk around the backyard at night without having to turn on all the exterior patio lights.

Lowes? Yep…They’re Everywhere

Here at Backyard Flare, we love to shop at Lowes Home Improvement because they have so much variety in their departments.   Follow them on Instagram at @loweshomeimprovement for great pics and design ideas.  For the lighting on our structure, we ventured to the outdoor lighting aisle and we picked up a Hampton Bay 150W transformer, a 100-foot spool of low voltage lighting cord, and six Hampton Bay LED lights.  The total was about $125, but you’ll see that it was worth every penny.

Backyard Lighting Installation

So, let’s get into the installation method.  To understand low voltage lighting, it is important to know that it’s like powering a light bulb with a battery.  A transformer will plug into a wall outlet, but the alternating current from the outlet will be converted in the transformer to direct current, like a battery.  The 100-foot power cord is attached to the back of the transformer like you would attach speaker cord to a receiver, only a screw driver is used after the ends of the wires are stripped. 

We routed the cord to the structure, and it entered on the back-left side.  We ran it through the structure, cutting grooves into the tops of the cinder blocks for channels where necessary.  The cord ran everywhere we wanted lights, and then it exited the back-right side of the fireplace.

Light Positioning

Low voltage lighting cord in a DIY outdoor fireplace. LED lighting and cinder block
Run the power cord through the structure by cutting grooves into the block.

Once we figured out exactly where we wanted the lights, we used a 3/8” masonry drill bit and drilled holes big enough to pass the LED light connector through the block.  Inside the block, the lights’ push pin connectors were attached to the power cord and… we had light.  The lights were attached to the front of the structure using wall anchors in the block.  To install the wall anchors, we drilled more holes using a ¼” masonry drill bit.  It’s just like adding them to drywall, but with a little bit more dust. 

We made sure to add a light on the inside of each storage void too so the voids would be back-lit.  It added a lot of appeal to the look of the structure and sure made a huge impact at night.  The addition of light to an outdoor fireplace or kitchen is super simple and we know that you can do it.  We sure hope this helped you out and that it eased your hesitation to add lighting to your structure or backyard.  If you’re interested in building your own DIY outdoor fireplace or outdoor kitchen, visit us at Backyard Flare for the best and most comprehensive outdoor construction plans on the market. 

Show Us What Your Lighting

We would love to see some of your outdoor lighting.  Please send pics of your projects to dan@backyardflare.com.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you learned something here.  Until next time, have fun on your outdoor projects and happy building.

Dan Heston
Backyard Flare, LLC
Tucson, Arizona
www.backyardflare.com
www.diyoutdoorfireplaces.com
520-269-9740