Outdoor FireplacesOutdoor Fireplaces are becoming a very popular additional to the backyard, from portable fire pits to full blown stone fireplaces.
A fireplace can make any outdoor living space more inviting by adding light, sound, smell and heat. They extend the use of your backyard patio, gazebo or terrace in the spring and fall. Some can be used for grilling and as an outdoor oven.
With the popularity of them also comes many choices you have to make before you buy or build an outdoor fireplace. Like with any backyard project the first question to ask yourself is.
What do I want the fireplace to accomplish?
Do you want it to provide heat, be able to cook with it or is it just for you to enjoy the sight and sound of a burning fire.
Source of Heat for Outdoor Fireplaces
WoodA wood burning fireplaces is your best choice for putting out heat and doubling as a oven or grill. A few draw backs of a wood burner is the availability of wood, removing ashes and a place to stack the wood. Remember piles or stacks of wood can be inviting to insects and rodents.
GasA gas burning fireplace gives off very little heat. They can also be constructed to double as a grill. The nice thing about gas fireplaces is you can have a instant fire and no ash clean up. Plus some localities restrict the use of burning wood outside.
If gas is your preferred fuel you have 2 choices, you can use natural gas or propane.
Natural GasNatural gas is ideal if your outdoor fireplace will be permanent. It burns clean and is considered to be safer than propane. Plus the fact that your gas lines will be run under ground eliminating the chore of having to refill propane bottles.
The only drawback is that these lines will need to be professionally installed, which will add to the cost of building your outdoor fireplace.
Propane FuelPropane has it's advantages and disadvantages. It is most often used in fireplaces that are portable like firepits and some smaller moveable fireplaces. Propane gas is not as safe as natural gas. Propane is heavier than air and can collect at the bottom of your storage container, if there is a leak.
ElectricIf the look of the fireplace is more imporant than generating heat. Electric firplaces generates no heat and low cost to operate. Many come with built in speakers and audio jacks.
Types of Outdoor Fireplaces
Fire PitsGive you the most choices in buying an outdoor fireplace and are the least expensive. They can be fueled by wood or gas, are portable or permanent and some can even be used as a grill.
Read more about these Outdoor Patio Fireplace
ChimineasThese have become very popular addition to the patio. They are built out of clay, cast iron or aluminum and are about 5 foot tall and about 2 foot wide. The burning of pinonwood gives off a aromatic scent and doubles as a bug repellent.
Outdoor Propane FireplacesManufacturers are making full size prefab fireplaces, as well as scaled down versions that don't take up as much space. Before you go and invest in any outdoor fireplace, check your local codes.
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