There are few things as cozy and fun as sitting outside next to a fire.If you’re looking to give your outdoor space new life, why not consider adding a new fire pit or outdoor fireplace to your space? You’re likely to find one that fits your needs and your budget, however deciding which is best can get slightly overwhelming when you first begin looking into the options.
Portable or not?
A portable fire pit can be a great option and can to be used for cooking. Typically, these are easy-to-use and affordable and burn up to 24 inch logs. Another type of fire pit is a built-in fire pit, which can be raised up or built into the ground in your back yard. These can also be fueled by wood or natural gas and propane. Gas-burning fire pits are maintenance free and can be installed on open porches with overhead roofs.
You may rather the idea of a permanent outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces come in many styles, materials and can burn either wood, propane, gas or be fully electric. Although they may be more costly, their curb appeal cannot be compared.
Chimney or no chimney?
If the campfire look and feel is not as important for you, many families rather an outdoor fireplace with a chimney. These types of outdoor fireplaces are considered to be more efficient and clean, providing a good draft to keep the fire going and the smoke away from people.
Which material to use
Once you’ve chosen the best type of outdoor fireplace for you, you’ll need to start thinking about materials. Stone is very popular, budget-friendly, and easily arranged so you can have a customized look. While ceramic can be somewhat fragile, it doesn’t get as hot to the touch which is an excellent option if you have kids.
Stainless steel will hold up well over the years, due to the fact that it’s a corrosion and stain-resistant material. Cast iron is another option, since it’s also corrosion resistant and excellent for conducting and radiating heat. Aluminum is one of the more affordable options and also won’t rust. Copper is another good option, since it’s durable and has a very unique look.
Types of fuel
There are also a number of options for fuel for your outdoor fireplace. Wood is easy to use, affordable, and great for a traditional option, however, it tends to be messy. Propane and natural gas are maintenance-free options, however you will need to have either a natural gas line installed, or a propane tank on your lot. If a cozy atmosphere is all you’re are truly looking for, an electric fireplace could be a great option for you.
Whatever your choice, spending quality time outdoors with your family is what counts! For more information about outdoors fireplaces and grills, contact your local We Love Fire experts.
What are your thoughts on the considerations above? Let me know about your outdoor fireplace in the comments below.