Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits
Building an outdoor fireplace is a huge commitment. Most of these fireplaces are permanent structures and will remain a part of your home for many years. This means that they have to remain attractive to you and any future owners of your property. This is why outdoor fireplace plans are vital before undertaking this type of construction.
Obviously, the first thing to consider when building an outdoor fireplace is where to place it. Many people choose to put a fireplace near the pool or on a deck that is used for entertaining. Be sure to choose a spot that compliments the house and other structures on the property. Also choose a spot that is ideal even if you change the landscaping or setup of your yard. Remember, the fireplace is permanent. You have to be happy with your placement decision.
The next thing to consider is what type of fuel you are going to burn in your fireplace. Wood fireplaces will require the installation of a chimney whereas gas fireplaces will require other venting structures. Keep in mind that the addition of a chimney or the exclusion of one may affect the overall look of your fireplace.
Next you will need to choose your fireplace materials. Most outdoor fireplaces are constructed with beautiful stone and brick.
The interior of the fireplace is constructed of aluminum alloy and/or cast iron. There are a wide variety of stones that can be used in constructing your fireplace so this could be the most enjoyable part of your construction project.
Now all you have to do is look through construction plans and/or view the outdoor fireplace photo gallery.. There are many styles to choose from so this could be a bit overwhelming. You can even customize your fireplace to make it perfectly accent your home and property. Once you have done this, it is time to begin construction and start enjoying your outdoor fireplace.
Outdoor Fire Pit
Patio fire pits are a great improvement on rusting barbecues. While some are free-standing, many are built in as a permanent patio feature, so you'll always be prepared for al fresco dining with friends or an impromptu cook out with the kids. Patio fire pits are growing in popularity, and once you've used one, you'll wonder why you never got one before.
Patio fire pits allow you to enjoy a fire on your patio or even barbecue. They're usually very attractive and are available in many styles to match your patio, so there's no need to put them away--they can be part of your permanent patio design.
Some free-standing fire pits are metal, but most built-in fire pits are made out of brick or stone and have a large, enclosed grate. Some of the best built-in fire pits are built up to a suitable working height. They are usually round, although other shapes are also available. You simply build a fire in it and bask in the warmth, or put the grill on and enjoy a barbeque.
The main benefits of a fire pit include:
In addition, if you combine a patio fire pit with some sort of overhead canopy or roof, you can create an appealing, and practical, extra living space: a patio room. The best thing about a patio room is that you can enjoy a warm summer evening even when it's raining!