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Outdoor Fireplace

Updated on November 23, 2009

The indoor ventless fireplace is a great way to relax, but if you want to be able to enjoy the outdoors at all times of the year then an outdoor fireplace is a great way to make that happen. Outdoor fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes and choosing the right one depends on a number of factors including where the fireplace will be, how much maintenance you are willing to do, and what your local municipality will allow. You can choose to build a brick or stone outdoor fireplace yourself or purchase a portable outdoor fireplace that works right out of the box such as a Dimplex electric fireplace insert. There are many places you can look for outdoor fireplace designs if you are interested in sprucing up your yard or patio. Some outdoor fireplaces can be part of an outdoor fireplace kit that includes chairs and/or benches that sit around or near it. The effect is a small sitting area somewhere in your yard or on your patio that is comfortable for gathering with your guests any time of the year.

Outdoor patio fireplaces and outdoor backyard fireplaces are an up and coming trend in homes everywhere.  Many people like to experience the glow of an outdoor fireplace on a summer evening so that the fun can continue after nightfall.  Or they appreciate the warmth of the outdoor fireplace in the fall and winter months so that they can enjoy the outdoors year round.  In addition to the benefits that you get out of using the outdoor fireplace, this accessory can help with the resale value of your home.  Landscaping and outdoor fireplaces can add to the appeal of your home and even help you get more money for it.  Outdoor fireplace pictures can look great on an online real estate advertisement.

When you decide to get an outdoor fireplace you need to think about how much maintenance you want to do. If you do not want to have to think about your outdoor fireplace except when you are using it then you should consider getting and outdoor gas fireplace. With outdoor gas fireplaces you only have to flip a switch and you can be enjoying your fire instantly. If you do not mind the cleaning up of ashes and you have the right fireplace accessories then you might enjoy wood burning outdoor fireplaces. Even though there is more maintenance and upkeep on the wood burning outdoor fireplace and you have to have a fireplace tool set, you get the added benefit of smoke which keeps away gnats and mosquitoes in the summer and adds to the ambiance of your outdoor fire. No matter which kind of fireplace you choose fireplace screens are a must to keep sparks away from those sitting around it. Another maintenance item you need to think about is covering your outdoor fireplace when it is not in use. This is only necessary depending on what your outdoor fireplace is made of.

One very popular material for outdoor fireplaces is stone. An outdoor stone fireplace is very attractive and you do not have to worry about rusting or water damage. Instead of the typical stone fireplace mantels, a trendy design that is being used in lieu of fireplace mantels and surrounds is a stone outdoor fireplace basin that has a kind of table top. There is a kind of counter that creates the rim around the fire in the middle. The top of the stone fireplace can have tile inlaid in it or be made of marble or whatever stone the rest of the outdoor fireplace is made of.

Other portable outdoor fireplaces are made of relatively light materials like aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, or some other metal. If you have a stainless steel model then you do not need to worry about covering it in the rain, but other metals are very likely to rust and be damaged after spending a lot of tie outside. You want to make sure that you cover them after every use.

Still another option is a brick outdoor fireplace. If you decide to build a DIY outdoor fireplace from brick or use an outdoor fireplace kit then you want to make sure you check with your local codes to see what type of brick is allowed. Many municipalities put restrictions on what kind of brick may be used in outdoor fireplace construction. After you know what brick to use you will need to design the fireplace and build a frame to work around. This is a big project and it might be wise to hire someone to build your outdoor brick fireplace if you are at all unsure about how it should be constructed or how it works.

No matter what kind of outdoor fireplace you choose, you need to make sure that you consider safety. Make sure that there are no power lines, tree branches, or awnings over your outdoor fireplace because they are a great fire hazard. In addition, always make sure that you have a fire extinguisher present and never leave the fire unattended. If you have children you should consider a fireplace screen to prevent them from getting too close and accidentally burning themselves. You might want to consider fireplace doors in order to keep the fly away embers to a minimum.

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      ElectricFireplace 7 years ago from Florence, AL

      Outdoor fireplaces are definitely becoming more popular and a must for a homeowner who loves to entertain outdoors. There is a design and style, as well as price, that fits just about every patio and home. Great job on explaining just how many options people have when it comes to outdoor fireplaces.

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      Francois 8 years ago

      yeah, there are alot of outdoor fireplace to choose from. Michael enjoy your backyard with your new one!

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I plan on doing this in the next few months. Great Hub!

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      outdoor fireplace designs 8 years ago

      Nice hub. Thanks!

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      Anthony James Barnett - author 8 years ago

      An interesting concept that I'd never considered before. Must extend the period of outdoor living quite a lot.

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