Add an Outdoor Fireplace

by J on June 23, 2010

Nothing beats sitting outside on your deck or patio during a warm summer evening. Watching the fireflies, stargazing and relaxing with your family make for enjoyable times. Wouldn’t it be nice to extend these moments through more months of the year? Well, if you install an outdoor fireplace, you may be able to do just that.

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your deck, patio or yard can allow you to extend your outdoor season by perhaps even a few months. If you have the fireplace located under a covered patio where it is protected from the wind, maybe even longer. You have several options for what type of fireplace you can install. Let’s look at some of your choices.

  • Patio Fireplaces. A beautiful “tabletop” fireplace may be just the fireplace for you if you want an intimate setting for entertaining. You can choose a round table-like structure with a small open fire pit in the middle of the table.
  • Outdoor fire pit. An outdoor fire pit is a fun backyard addition. These can be constructed as small or as large as you want them and are perfect for outdoor cooking and parties. Your backyard will be the hit of the neighborhood.
  • Outdoor patio heater. While not giving off quite the same ambience as a firplace, these patio heaters do throw off some serious heat. Many of them run on propane. A 40,000 BTU heater will heat a space of 20 feet in diameter.
  • Outdoor chimnea fireplace. A chimnea is a self-contained fireplace that you can set up in your backyard or on a stand on your patio. They create a cozy atmosphere and are easy to clean.
  • Outdoor stone fireplace. Who can resist a soaring outdoor stone fireplace? Natural stones such as limestone, granite, marble and slate are all great options for a natural stone fireplace. Cultured stone is another option. This is a lightweight, cast-stone that is easier to handle than natural stone.

If you need help designing your outdoor fireplace, contact a local general contractor. The contractor should be able to walk you through all your options and help you design a fireplace to fit in with your existing landscaping.

Remember, your outdoor fireplace can be wood burning, but you also have the options of gas or electric as well. Discuss your needs and desires for your outdoor space with your general contractor and be sure to take into account any safety issues, too, including whether or not children will have access to the space.

Adding an outdoor fireplace may be just the thing your family needs to extend your outdoor living season throughout the year.

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