DIY: Simple Garden Table Fireplace

So, the home garden is the only safe place at present amid pandemic.  Let’s make it interesting. 

While the heat is clearing up, to make it before summer, it is the right time to make an outdoor fireplace to spend cozy nights away from gadgets.  Yes, you can make it yourself if you have the required materials. Use your creativity and come up with a great design. Then, note the stuff you’ll need to build it yourself. 

For this design, I am going to assemble something I’ve never written about before.

Materials Needed:

  • 2X4s
  • Plywood
  • Tile
  • Screws
  • Mortar

There are so various styles of tile you can choose. It really is up to your eyes at this point. But, I would look around my backyard or take a good look at my house before I chose the tile. I would want it to match the background.

This fireplace will have the shape of a table and fire will come out of the cover when lit. When picking your tile, keep that in mind. Don’t get a tile that melts or twists, but that can withstand the heat. The fire won’t be directly on the tile. But, it can get hot enough to dissolve non-heat-resistant materials.

Construct a frame 6′ long and 3’high using 2X4s. If you’re like me, get them cut to length at the local hardware store. You will require 4-6′ lengths and at least 10-3′ lengths. Start by constructing a rectangle with the 4-6′ lengths and 8-3′ lengths. Then, use 1-3′ length in the middle on the sides.

You will need to formulate a shelf for your gel fuel cans. The cans are about 6″ high, so you’ll want your rack to be at least 6″ to 8″ from the top surface. In this DIY, I’ll secure a piece of plywood 8″ down from the cover. Then, I’ll put plywood on all my sides.

Secure tile to the four sides. Then, start adjusting tile to the top surface. Drill a hole 6″ in diameter. That will give you ample space to drop a can into and recover it with minimum trouble.

However, this is your fireplace. You might want to build small holes for the fire on the surface and assemble cabinets that slide in and out for the gel fuel cans. You can also add hooks to the tiles on the top cover so that you can easily pull them up and insert the gel fuel cans that way. It’s up to you what you want to do. Your creativity is your greatest strength

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