Things to know about a barbecue fireplace
Build barbecue fireplace yourself or buy? What else do you need to consider?
A barbecue fireplace combines a grill with a fireplace and is therefore a worthwhile purchase for all garden enthusiasts. Normally they are made of stone, concrete or stainless steel. Of course, it depends on your taste, whether you want to prove your craftsmanship in building the barbecue fireplace or whether you prefer to buy it ready-made. We describe the different materials and give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of building your own and the purchased version. In addition, you can read more interesting facts about barbecue fireplaces here.
Stainless steel, concrete or stone? Material & components of a barbecue fireplace
If you want to build a barbecue fireplace yourself, you usually go for stone or concrete. While natural stones provide a unique romantic look, concrete gives the garden fireplace a sleek modern look. The purchased models are usually made of stainless steel, are real lightweights and can therefore easily change their location. In addition, stainless steel is very easy to clean. Whatever material your barbecue fireplace is ultimately made of - in any case, of course, it should be fireproof. The most important components are also the same for each model: the firebox, the flue and the base. The firewood is placed on the bottom of the firebox. Directly above it is the grill grate, on which vegetables, meat or other grilled food can be placed. Above the firebox is the flue, which discharges the smoke through the chimney. The third important component of a barbecue fireplace is the base. Its ash box catches the ashes. In addition, it allows the air supply.
Build a barbecue fireplace yourself: What you need to consider
Unlike the purchased garden fireplace made of lightweight stainless steel, you can not simply move the self-built variant of stone or concrete on a whim. In this case, the barbecue fireplace has a fixed location, which you should consider carefully. Therefore, carefully measure the size of the barbecue fireplace and then decide whether you want to build it yourself or buy it as a kit. If you build it yourself, then you are flexible in the size, type of stones and equipment. However, in this case you will need some craftsmanship and time. Many people misjudge the effort and cost of a self-built barbecue fireplace. If you do not dare to do it, you should buy a ready-made barbecue fireplace.
It does not burn properly? Lighting a barbecue fireplace
Traditionally, wood chips, barbecue lighter or charcoal lighter are used for lighting. You should avoid using accelerants because of the fire and health risks. Furthermore, when choosing your fuel, you should make sure that it is dry, resin-free and untreated. If you fire the garden fireplace for the first time after winter or a rain shower, it is likely that water has collected in the chimney. If you heat it quickly, evaporation cracks may appear. Consequently, let the barbecue fireplace slowly build up temperature with wood wool, paper or dry firewood. If your garden fireplace has been out of use for a long time, check the chimney for bird nests before firing it up.
Garden fireplace allowed without a permit & what do you have to do for safety?
Do you want to install a garden fireplace on your terrace? If you are a tenant, you must first ask the owner for permission in the case of a permanently installed barbecue fireplace. You may set up a garden fireplace on your own property under certain conditions. You may only use permitted fuel, i.e. wood and wood briquettes. You are not allowed to burn waste from gardening. This includes, for example, the remains of plants. In addition, neighbors must not be disturbed by the smoke. It is best to find out more about this from the relevant building authority. Furthermore, you should comply with fire safety regulations for your own safety: For the barbecue fireplace, you need a fireproof and level surface such as concrete or stone. Furthermore, a distance of at least three meters to combustible objects is mandatory - you should therefore not operate the garden fireplace under a roof. Either way, you should have a fire extinguisher ready in case of emergency. And in order not to burn yourself, fireplace tools are also part of the basic equipment.