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Summer’s End: The Fun Continues with Beautiful Outdoor Fireplaces

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to prepare your home for the colder seasons ahead. The end of summer does not mean saying goodbye to outdoor parties and barbecues, however—not when you have an outdoor fireplace at home.

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are increasingly becoming familiar in many homes in Greenville, SC and other parts of the country. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are the number one requested feature by many homeowners today. These features can be the center of a backyard party by adding a grill top to start barbecuing; or encourage great family bonding time, camping style.

On a chilly night you can sit back on a recliner chair near your outdoor fireplace and just relax with some music and, perhaps, a glass of wine. A fire pit or fireplace can be fun and exciting, or soothing and relaxing depending on how you want it to be. The options are simply limitless. Before creating your own backyard hearth, however, there are certain reminders that you must remember.

  • Location – You need to remember that you will be handling fire, and so you need to build the fireplace far away from anything that can combust, and preferably near a water source so you can put out any accidental fires as quickly as possible.
  • Type – Would you prefer ventless gas logs or electric fireplaces? With gas logs, you will have to replace both the wood and the gas when they run out, but keeping the fireplace alight for longer periods will not cost you much. Also, the smell of burning wood adds to the overall experience. Electric fireplaces may be almost maintenance free, but they consume so much energy, plus they can’t be used during power failures.
  • Materials – As a general rule never use or add materials made of wood, or plastic when decorating your hearth. Stones, bricks, and gravel are the most recommended choice. Materials with rust resistance and heat retention are also great choices. As for the furniture, avoid setting them up too near the fireplace and refrain from combustible materials.
  • Regulations – Some cities and neighborhoods may have certain zoning restrictions when it comes to outdoor fireplaces. Before having one built in your home, check out the zoning rules in your area first.

Another good tip to remember when purchasing your fireplace/fire pit is to only buy from reliable companies like Buchanan Fire and Outdoor. Sub-par items may only lead to accidents and even fires, so make sure to get only high-quality fireplaces and fireplace supplies from reputable providers.

Sources:

Advantages of a Patio Fire Pit, doityourself.com

Outdoor Fire Pits and Fire Pit Safety, hgtv.com

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