How To Warm Up Your Patio with Outdoor Fireplaces

Published on: February 29, 2012

Transform a standard backyard into an inviting exterior living space with outdoor fireplaces. Whether you opt for a custom built stone fireplace incorporated into the patio or a manufactured product that can be moved around, this outdoor feature adds more than just flames to your backyard.

Consider the atmosphere you want to create in the space. For a more formal, permanent vision, stone fireplaces are ideal. These can be built in a similar style to indoor masonry fireplaces, but use specially designed fireplace components that are durable and weather resistant.

You’ll need to depend on your landscaping professional to design and install stone outdoor fireplaces. Mason work is highly specialized and if the firebox and flue (or chimney) are not installed correctly, the fireplace won’t ignite easily or burn efficiently. Trust the pros for this type of permanent project.

If you’re looking for a portable option, or just want something that can be stored away in the winter, look at the factory-made outdoor fireplaces. You’ll find a wide range of sizes, shapes and designs, including steel fire bowls, coffee table fire pits and models that can be transformed into coolers. All the standard fuel types are available, including wood and charcoal burning outdoor fireplaces, as well as natural gas, propane and liquid ethanol.

Design your outdoor landscape around a fireplace for a more comfortable space. Be sure to include non-combustible materials, such as stone. If you’re planning on placing a manufactured fire pit on a wooden deck, consider putting a large patio slab or fire mat between the fire pit and the wood for safety.

Warm up the patio with outdoor fireplaces in your favorite design. A professional landscaper can help to create a stunning stone fireplace for a permanent outdoor room, while a good quality portable fire pit can be purchased online or from your local retailer.

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