A Guide to Outdoor Fireplaces
The ability to enjoy a fire outside is something that more and more people are attracted to. In our modern world we tend to spend so much time indoors that anything that will help us devote a bit more time to the outdoors is usually welcome. Most of us will get to spend a bit of time in our gardens during the warm months, but by adding outdoor fireplaces we can do this for many more months of the year. This means many more pleasant evenings enjoying nature with family and friends.
The fact that there is so much growing interest in outdoor fireplaces means that there have been plenty of new products appearing for sale. All this choice can make it difficult for people who are unsure about what to buy. Hopefully by the end of this guide you will have a much better idea of your options when it comes to buying fireplaces for the outdoors.
What is an Outdoor Fireplace?
As the name suggests an outdoor fireplace is designed to be used outside. It can be something as simple as a do it yourself fire pit or you can buy something a bit more high tech. The options for this type of heating device are increasing every time and there is bound to be something to meet your exact requirements. Generally speaking there are three main types of outdoor fireplace and these are:
- A fire pit can be made with a bit of effort but most people will choose to buy one of these; this means that you end up with something that is more effective and safer to use. These fire pits can be made from different materials such as clay or copper and some have been created to produce large fires. A good fire pit will come with a mesh for safety and there will often be a grill there if you fancy a bit of cooking.
- Chimineas are shaped like chimneys and this is advantageous because it means that all the smoke and any sparks are directed upwards; rather than smothering or setting fire to your guests! It is possible to buy Chimineas in some wonderfully quaint designs and they really can be a nice addition to your patio.
- Fire pots produce a small fire and are a good option for most homes. A fire pot can be small enough to sit on a table; there are many design options available in different sizes depending on your needs.
How to Install Outdoor Fireplaces
Most outdoor fireplaces actually require very little in the way of installation. Most firepots are ready to use as soon as you unpack them; although you will need to add the proper fuel (usually kerosene or other oil). Other outdoor fireplaces will have higher installation requirements and you will need to refer to the instruction manual provided.
Tips for Buying an Outdoor Fireplace
What follows are just a few tips for buying the best outdoor fireplace:
- The number one consideration when buying this type of product is safety. This is especially important if you are not going to be sitting near the fire all the time that it is lit. Buying a good quality product and that way you can feel assured that it is safe to use.
- If you enjoy the smell of a wood fire then you will find plenty of options for this.
- Another important thing to consider when making this type of purchase is the amount of time you are prepared to devote to maintenance and setting it up. If you want something that is easy to maintain then make sure you take this into account when making your purchase.