Outdoor Fireplace Ideas To Warm Up The Fall Season

They used to be more function than fashion, but today fireplaces satisfy two needs for homeowners: a place to gather around, keep warm and a visual attraction in or outside of the home.

One of the key elements of an outdoor design is a comfortable spot to relax and entertain, even if the weather turns cooler in the evening hours.

That’s why outdoor fireplaces are sparking great interest when it comes to outdoor remodeling projects.

outdoor-fireplaceBut, unlike indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fireplace requires some important considerations.

For instance, is your fireplace going to be stationary or portable? A movable fireplace might give you greater flexibility but a built-in or permanent fireplace, that is part of a bigger outdoor remodel design, gives your backyard a feeling of continuity and luxury.

Your outdoor fireplace can become the focal point with viewpoints from every angle. An extended hearth can offer extra seating and a place for guests to sit and warm up.

You can have a fireplace built to incorporate your big screen TV. You might decide to make your outdoor fireplace part of your outdoor kitchen area.

Or an outdoor fireplace could bring natural elements of fire and water together.

Wouldn’t it be nice to soak in a spa with an adjacent fire blazing on a cold winter night?

The most important consideration is safety. Permanent or mobile fireplaces both need to be located in places that don’t jeopardize the home. A fireplace should never be built or placed under the roofline of a home or where there is a blocked airway. They have to be far enough away from any potentially flammable elements in your backyard. So, the amount of space you have will determine what’s possible for your yard.

They used to be more function than fashion, but today fireplaces satisfy two needs for homeowners: a place to gather around, keep warm and a visual attraction in or outside of the home.

One of the key elements of an outdoor design is a comfortable spot to relax and entertain, even if the weather turns cooler in the evening hours.

You’ll also want to make sure that the fireplace compliments your backyard. If your backyard is large, you can go with a bigger outdoor fireplace with an extended hearth and mantel. Maybe the fireplace is the spot to warmup after a swim in the pool.

But if your yard is smaller and intimate, choose a fireplace that doesn’t overpower your backyard design  but instead, keeps things in balance and provides  a quaint place to settle in.

Some fireplace materials radiate more heat than others. Brick, stone, tile, and stucco are all common materials for outdoor fireplaces. In some cases, metal portable stoves or fireplaces are used and they can become hotter than the other materials.

You also want to make sure your fireplace is in an  area where the  surrounding landscape allows drainage after it rains.

Be sure to consider how you’ll fuel your fireplace. An outdoor gas fireplace will require a gas fuel line but it doesn’t have to have a chimney and that could save you some money because it can use a smaller fuel or vent pipe.

If your outdoor fireplace isn’t close to the home, a separate gas line may be needed. Your local gas company will need to make certain that there aren’t any issues before a gas line can be trenched and piped into your backyard.

Other fuel options are wood-burning and propane-fueled fireplaces, which allow a lot of location flexibility, since a new gas line won’t be required.

No matter which source you use to fuel your fireplace, it will need proper venting. A wood-burning fireplace will provide more heat but it must have a large enough chimney with the proper draft to ensure the fire burns properly.

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