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Create a Backyard Paradise with an Outdoor Fireplace

By: Danny Lipford

Adding a Pavestone fireplace to your backyard paradise not only makes a statement, but it also makes your outdoor living space usable nearly year-round.

For this fireplace, we dug 14 inches deep, then filled it in with sand and rock aggregate. It’s important that you take your time when filling in the hole.

Pour two to three inches of the aggregate at a time, compact it down with a tamper or compactor, then continue adding layers until the hole is filled.

Compacting small layers at a time makes the base stronger and will prevent your fireplace from settling and sinking.

Once your base is set, it’s time to start building. Make sure you have your Pavestone fireplace building diagram handy.

The diagram is color coded to tell you what size stone goes where.

It’s a good idea to build the first couple of layers, then let it sit overnight. That allows the construction adhesive you’re using to dry and set before you start going up with the build.

Level every layer of pavers and be prepared to shim along the way.

Now just add some firewood, sit back and enjoy your new outdoor fireplace.


Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf


Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.
In addition, Chelsea maintains her own home lifestyle and décor blog and award-winning web-series, “Checking in with Chelsea.”

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