When you’re a frequent host of large outdoor gatherings, sometimes a fire bowl or chiminea simply cannot accommodate the number of guests hoping to enjoy the warmth and aesthetic of a fire. Thankfully, outdoor fireplaces can handle the workload...and do so safely. One defining element of the outdoor fireplace, in comparison to fire pits or chimineas, is their enclosed structures that prevent embers or sparks from escaping. Even more than that, these patio fireplaces offer excellent wind protection to allow for a steady flame that isn’t easily extinguished.
The walls of outdoor gas fireplaces reflect and radiate heat, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere for all those in the area. Plus, the ventilation systems designed for outdoor fireplaces promise the most efficient smoke dispersal, so you and your guests can enjoy an eco-friendly experience outside all year long. If you’d like to remove the smoke altogether, electric fireplaces don’t produce any smoke, ash, or harmful emissions. They’re also easy to install and more energy efficient than wood or gas alternatives.
What To Know About Outdoor Fireplaces
When selecting your perfect patio fireplace, it is important to consider what fuel type works best for you—electric or gas. Either way you go, a patio fireplace is an elegant centerpiece to any outdoor living space and offers guests a place to commune and relish good company.
Outdoor gas fireplaces are the more traditional option and operate using natural gas or propane. Gas fireplaces produce real flames (unlike an electric fireplace) and will certainly provide your patio with an authentic ambiance. These units offer higher heat output for more substantial warmth, and because gas fireplaces typically come with adjustable knobs, you can regulate the flame size and heat distribution.
An outdoor electric fireplace is far easier to install as they do not require the ventilation needed for gas-produced flames. In fact, electric fireplaces use LED lights and reflective panels to create the appearance of flames, with many units offering a number of color options for those faux flames. Operation is as simple as the press of button to adjust brightness and heat settings.
What are the benefits of an outdoor fireplace?
Outdoor fireplaces provide enhanced ambiance for your patio, in addition to the warmth it offers, which can greatly extend your outdoor living season.
Can I install my own fireplace?
We recommend you use a licensed contractor or a qualified professional to install your outdoor fireplace. This will ensure proper installation and safe operation.
Where can I place my outdoor fireplace?
The placement of your outdoor fireplace should prioritize safety, adhere to local regulations, and consider ventilation and functional needs. It is recommended to consult with professionals for proper guidance.