There can be nothing more enjoyable than spending time outdoors at home with your family and friends, but have you ever gone back inside because the night was just too chilly to enjoy the moonlight?
Outdoor fireplaces are great for warming outside entertainment areas in homes, restaurants and pubs.
Summertime BBQs and pool parties are very common outdoor activities when entertaining in the warmer months, but by adding an outdoor fireplace to your patio or entertainment area you can make it possible to spend your evenings more comfortably outside during the spring and autumn evenings – even in winter! – by adding the warm glow of a real fire.
By installing an outside fireplace, you’ll not only enhance your experience outside, you’ll stay warm and toasty and never have to run back inside because of the cold.
Before choosing, you’ll want to determine how much maintenance you will have to perform on your fireplace.
Some designs require more than others. If you’re looking for something that is virtually maintenance free, you should consider purchasing a full stainless steel, gas-fired outdoor fireplace.
You won’t have to worry about cleaning up ashes and it won’t rust. And, yes, it will toast marshmallows!
Outdoor gas fireplaces generally won’t need a chimney or flue and will run on piped natural gas or a propane tank (LPG).
If you enjoy the smell of burning wood, you’ll certainly want to purchase a wood-burning model. However, you’ll also want to consider where you will obtain suitable wood, where it can be stored and maybe what else you can burn in the fireplace for that added enjoyment.
For example, if you would like a more aromatic experience, you can add pine cones or even apple wood. To keep those pesky insects away, you can purchase juniper or pinion wood.
Wood burners need a chimney.
If you decide to choose a clay chiminea for your outdoor fireplace, a safety precaution you should take is to sit this on a protective base instead of your wood deck.
While these are absolutely wonderful to use, if they fail, they may do so when in use.
If your chimenea falls apart on you with age, it can cause damage to the supporting surface.
Finally, there are bio ethanol burners which are portable, but you should keep young children away.