One of the hottest trends in backyard living is the outdoor fireplace. Whether added as a close extension of the home or at the far corner of the yard by the pool, a glowing fireplace is always a magnet for entertaining. By day these structures provide a beautiful focal point, by night the ambiance of a crackling fire is almost magical. Chilly evenings in the south provide the perfect setting to gather with friends around an outdoor fireplace and home owners love being able to entertain in their backyard even though the winter months. There are lots of outdoor fireplaces to choose from depending on the need, space and budget, however the source of heat falls into three categories: wood burning, gas and wood burning fireplace with gas starter.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Traditional wood burning fireplaces are wonderful. The crackle of flames and the incredible aroma of burning timber add a nostalgia that’s not easy to achieve with a gas flame and man made logs.
Everyone loves roasting marsh mellows over a fire or just sitting near to feel the warmth. Although outdoor wood burning fireplaces can be a little messier than gas logs, it's not really an issue because it's all outside. Many people who love the sounds and smell of a ‘real’ fire are ok with the extra attention that comes with burning logs and feel that the extra attention it takes is well worth it.
Gas Burning Fireplaces
Though wood burning fireplaces can add a campfire atmosphere, a gas burning unit can be a great choice for people who want a fire but without any mess or work. Gas logs provide beautiful flickering flames but without the tending process.
People love the lack of maintenance and the fact that gas logs can easily be started with the push of a button while lounging in a chair. This type fire can also be quickly adjusted from 'burning embers' to big flames.
Wood Burning Fireplace with Gas Starter
For people who love the smell and look of burning logs, but don't want to spend the time it takes to get a fire started, a wood burning fireplace with gas logs could be the best option. This option provides all the beauty and ambiance of wood with the convenience of a gas starter.
When it comes to size and stye of an outdoor fireplace there are endless options, from a tiny fireplace nestled on a patio, to a large encompassing fireplace that can incorporate seating walls, compartments for wood storage or even a pizza oven.
The right material for your new outdoor fireplace is important and should be chosen to perfectly compliment and blend with the feel of your existing home and backyard surroundings. This handsome stone fireplace is flanked by hearthside seating.
This fireplace provides a spectacular attraction at the far side of a pool.
|The extended walls and hearth of this fireplace seem to embrace visitors.||Outside feels like in with this stone fireplace and beautiful upholstered furnishings.|
|This stately brick fireplace brings traditional style and beauty
to outdoor entertainment.
|The beauty of this classic custom brick fireplace, complete with potted flowers and roosters, creates a fantastic focal feature for this backyard entertaining area.|