From fire pits to full-scale outdoor fireplaces, if you love the look and feel of cozying up to a fire, you may want to consider adding one of these features to your property.
What your outdoor fire area looks like can be as unique as you are – from a simple circular, stone-accented space to a Tuscan-inspired hearth suitable for cooking homemade pizzas and with lots of seating space to entertain friends and family. A grand outdoor fireplace can really be the focal point of a fabulous space.
From being a place to roast marshmallows and telling stories and singing songs, firepits and fireplaces are upscale campfires of sorts that inspire camaraderie. Considering adding one at your home? Here are some types to ponder and safety tips to consider, too…
- Wood-burning. These will give you the most authentic feel, offering the warmth and aroma given off by the crackling sound of burning lumber. They require more upkeep though as they utilize real flames, which can be a safety hazard. Remember to schedule regular chimney cleanings if you have a fireplace versus firepit. These will also require you to keep your woodpile stocked and dry.
- Gas-burning. Convenience is key here as these can be turned on by simply flipping a switch. They don’t give off that scent of wood or the crackling sound though, so consider how important that is to you. For safety purposes, have these checked annually to prevent gas leaks and ensure longevity. A bonus? This is a great, eco-friendly option if that’s important to you.
- Believe it or not, yes, electric fireplaces can be used outdoors. They do, however, require some time of cover or enclosure as the cord should not get wet. Electric fireplaces utilize LED lights to create the look of flames. Depending on which you choose, you may even be able to switch up the color of those flames. You can also select options that offer a crackling wood sound and even give off a woodsy scent.
Hiring a professional to construct or install your fire pit or fireplace is always a great idea to ensure the job is done safely and beautifully. You may even wish to have the new construction tailored to fit your landscape design. We can surely help with that. Call the New Castle team at 610-796-7818 or visit www.newcastle94.com today for your free estimate!