Outdoor decorations can make for a tough decision when searching for something to add to a garden or patio as the addition should complement the decor but also serve a function. An outdoor fireplace can be the perfect addition to any garden, patio, yard or sitting area because they look great and provide entertainment. Whether used to keep toasty on a cool night or as a way to grill some tasty treats for guests, outdoor fireplaces are a must have for every home. And with the versatility the many types of grills offer, you’re sure to find one that fits your home.
Each type of the many outdoor fireplaces available serves a unique function, so it is best to have an idea of how you want to use the fireplace before purchasing one. Fire pits, fire bowls, chimineas, columns, patio heaters and even tabletop fireplaces are available to provide heat and aesthetic charm. Fire pits and fire bowls are great for cooking, too, and some are even small enough to take camping. For roaming gardens and paths, fire columns provide lighting and warmth along the way so guests can truly enjoy the evening. And for seated areas or closed-in porches, patio heaters are a chic way to warm the air without the fire. As a centerpiece or stylish addition, an outdoor fireplace can turn any patio or garden into a year-round social hotspot.
Choose quality materials for a fireplace that lasts
Once you’ve decided which of the outdoor fireplaces best suits your needs, it’s time to find one that complements your decor. An outside fireplaces can be comprised of metal, copper, cast iron, aluminum, steel, and clay. Each material has advantages and disadvantages, so find out how the material will respond to repeated burnings. For example, copper fireplaces look great on the first use – they shine exquisitely and the material allows for a great amount of detail. However, upon repeated burnings, the copper will tarnish, turning green, so its best to know what to expect of each fireplace.
Aside from the looks of outdoor fireplaces, each one can function a little differently based on how much fuel it requires; the direction of the heat it gives off; and the care and maintenance for the fireplace. Chimineas should be kept dry when not in use, and when burning, they should be fed slowly to keep the fire even. Fire pits, fire bowls, fire tables and even tabletop fireplaces can provide a wonderful centerpiece to a seated area ensuring your guests are cozy and entertained throughout the night.