Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by James Hartkorn
Image of outdoor gas burning firetable via owtdoor.com
You do not have to own a home for long before you realize that the word "project" soon becomes a frequent topic of conversation. From the semi-necessary to the "oh no please!" to the "what ifs?" the projects vary in size and scope. Some jobs are better left to the professionals (just like clog-free gutters from LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions) while others need your own creative touch and perspective. Our experts know that every project is important and we want to be there to help out when we can. And while acquiring a fireplace for your yard doesn't quite seem like a project, finding the right fit should be part of the fun, and we have some ideas.
Having a fire pit in your backyard is a beautiful thing, especially if you plan accordingly. You need to take into account the space you have and the type of fireplace that works for that space. Once you have determined what will work for your space there are other questions to address. But first, let's look at what might work for your yard.
You have space, but its limited. No need to worry. There are many options for the yard on the smallish size. When designing a space for your fireplace make sure to keep the deck, patio or even house in mind. You already have an intimate setting, now simply add another element to make it that much cozier. Here are a few options.
Option 1 – Create space on our deck for a portable fireplace.
Many may rule this option out, because of the whole wood deck and fire dynamic, but don't fret. A few stone blocks will provide the insulation against the heat that will protect your deck.
image via sunsetfirepits.com
Option 2 – Create a space around a gas burning fire table or pit.
Many will protest the gas burning fires, but man are they efficient. Much cleaner and much more versatile.
Option 3 – Build your own patio or brick/stone fireplace.
Easier said than done, but these options can create the space your tiny oasis deserves. Many fireplace kits are now available and with a little DIY spirit, a permanent fireplace can anchor your hideout.
Firepit or table via mypatiodesign.com
Those with a medium to large-sized space (let say that it takes you over 30 minutes to mow), need to decide where you might want to place those future fires. With a bit more space to work with you may want to create a secondary space in your yard for entertaining. You can either build your fireplace or purchase a portable pit. Here are some pictures to get you inspired.
Now that you have an idea where to put your outdoor fireplace, here are two more questions that you'll need to consider.
Portable or Permanent?
Depending on your backyard situation, the portable fire pit gives you the flexibility you might be looking for. The ability to place your fire where you want is ideal for those who might want a change of scenery on occasion. On the other hand, a permanent pit gives your yard a focal point that you can build around.
Gas or Woodburning?
The traditionalist will laugh at the idea of a gas burning fire for your backyard, but the benefits of gas are enticing. First, you will not need to worry about keeping a well-stocked wood pile. A quick flick of an on/off switch might lead to more regular use, as opposed to the time it takes to start and extinguish a wood-burning fire. But what about that wood burning smell? The crackling and hissing of the wood?!? Tough choice.
Of all the projects, you're tackling this summer, setting up an outdoor fireplace should be one that's enjoyable. A little forethought and planning on the front end will produce a seriously enjoyable outcome.
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