Early in the cobbing phase of building our wall, we decided to incorporate a fireplace in to it. We had so much fun building our first fireplace, and enjoyed using it so much, that this seemed like a perfect fit for our wall build. We placed it midspan on the soft curved wall, facing the original fireplace which allows us to have double fire place nights when our friends come over.
It has been a dream of ours to have an outdoor fireplace for some time. We toyed with the idea of building one using an old propane tank or of refurbishing an old cast iron stove. In the end however, we decided to stick with what we know and build one from cob. We had a lot of left over clay soil (Burkeville Ready Mix) from building our pizza oven and tandoor so that is what we used to build the fireplace.
Hopefully some of you are inspired to build one of your own. Our family, friends and pets love sitting in front of the open fire and we regularly gather there to drink hot cocoa or a beer and to roast chestnuts and marshmallows. Below are the step by step instructions of how we went about building our fireplace.