Outdoor fireplace made from a reclaimed gas fireplace

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So, I had this L.P vent free fireplace that we haven't used in a couple of years, mainly because it used a lot of propane, and the oxygen censor always would get dust in there causing it to shut off all the time. I placed an ad on craigslist hoping that I could get at least 25 bucks for it, but I couldn't find any takers. I set it outside thinking maybe someone would want it, but that didn't work either. Today, I decided that I would convert it into an outdoor fireplace. It took me about an hour to do. I used a piece of extra stove pipe, my cutting torches, screwdriver, (Philips), end wrench, and a pair of pliers.
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Step 1: Tearing out the l.p stuff

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The first thing I did was look it over, and figure out if it was even possible to get the gas stuff out of there. To my surprise, everything was mounted to a plate inside there, and all I had to do was remove all of the nuts and bolts that held the plate to the structure. It was nice that it all came out as one unit, instead of piece by piece!

Step 2: Void

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Once I got everything out, I was left with this void.... but I had an Idea on exactly how I was going to re-arrange a couple of things to make it function without adding too much "foreign" stuff into the mix.

Step 3: So "grate" ful

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I was aware from the beginning that sitting on top of this fireplace was this grate, used for cosmetic purposes?. I popped it out, and set it on the inside fire area and marked it where I needed to cut it to make it fit.
rollincaswell (author) 6 months ago

@Bill@5 as mentioned in this step, My options were limited to what tools I had available. I have an air grinder and at this particular time, that tool wasn't an option because I didn't have the right disk I did not mention this in this step as I was primarily set on using my reciprocating saw because I love using it for this kind of stuff. I did fine with my torches, and am glad I have more than one way to get things done!


BillW56 months ago

No mention of any sort of spark arrestor. I would definiteely add that. an old aluminum filter from a discarded kitchen stove hood can jut sit on top of the pipe and every now and then clean it with a paint brush and the solution of your choice.

rollincaswell (author)  BillW56 months ago

@BillW5... IMO it is not necessary to have a spark arrestor so that is why no mention on that.

BillW56 months ago

An alternative would be to cut the grate with a steel cutting disc on a grinder, preferably an air grinder. Lots of sparks, but if you do it outside (carefully) you won't catch anything on fire.

Melamont2 years ago
Nice! We live in a state with high fire danger. Is there anything else you would recommend to minimize fire where you don't want it to go?
rollincaswell (author)  Melamont2 years ago
Thanks Melamont! As far as minimizing fire where you don't want it to go, I personally do the following:
1) I don't burn outside when the weather isn't optimal.
2) I always have my garden hose on "standby" somewhere near
3) debris cleared from around a 10 foot area of the fire
4) never leave the fire unattended
5) put the fire out completely when your done.
These are just a few that come to mind that I do. However, I would highly recommend that you talk to your local government to make sure that it is ok to burn outside. And to follow any recommendations that they offer you.
onemoroni12 years ago
This came out nice.
rollincaswell (author)  onemoroni12 years ago
thanks onemoroni1
Such a good idea!
rollincaswell (author)  audreyobscura2 years ago
thanks audreyobscura!