A fireplace can enhance your outdoor living space by adding ambiance, making the space enjoyable and warm all year round, and keeping bothersome insects away. It is a perfect addition for entertaining. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from. A skilled landscaping company can help you with the proper placement, design, and construction.
A common and elegant type of fireplace is one that is freestanding, constructed of masonry with firebrick on the interior and stonework on the exterior. These structures can have a chimney or be open. An open fireplace can also be used for grilling or making s’mores. These are generally designed for burning wood and can withstand a good amount of heat. Freestanding masonry fireplaces are easy to clean the ashes out of.
Another wood burning option is a fire pit. This is a fireplace that is sunken into the ground. It can be lined with masonry or metal, generally iron sheet. A nice feature of a fire pit is having an area around the perimeter that is raised and constructed of stone or interlocking blocks. This feature allows for sitting around the fire with your feet up. Fire pits can be circular or rectangular.
If you are looking to make a statement with your outdoor fireplace, you may want to consider a natural gas or propane fireplace with handsome rocks in the pit or bowl of the fireplace. A gas fireplace is often a raised structure made of concrete or stone. This can be a sculptural element on your terrace. Gas-fueled fireplaces are easy to maintain and don’t require cleaning out any ash.
One of the tricks to installing an outdoor fireplace is to find the correct placement. The fire needs to be away from wood structures and flammable plantings. Good ventilation is important. Please contact the professionals at Scapes for advice and help with the planning and construction of your outdoor fireplace.