This time of year, we all love a good fireplace. It’s fun to snuggle up in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and watch a movie with a loved one or read a good book. But what about enjoying that feeling all year round? Chimney Sweeps of America would like to take this opportunity to give you some ideas for creating a unique outdoor fire pit for your home.
An outdoor fire pit is a fun way to spruce up the look of your backyard and add a nice focal point. Plus, it’s a great place to kick back and relax with a group of guests while enjoying a beautiful summer evening. Even when the evenings get to be a bit chilly, a fire pit wards off the chill enough to that you don’t have to retreat indoors to avoid freezing fingers and toes.
There are a couple of things to consider first when creating a unique outdoor fire pit for your home. First, determine the best location, then move on to designing. Let’s break it all down.
This is one of the most important factors for your fire pit. As you begin to think about where you want to place your fire pit, be sure to consider the following:
What kind of atmosphere do you want to create? A fun, party feel for large gatherings? A quiet, intimate space as a nice place to relax with a few guests? Something in between?
- Where does it tie in best with your decor? A particularly a large pit or full outdoor fireplace will become a focal point that draws the eye, so think about where you want to focus attention.
- How accessible do you want it to be? Directly on a deck or patio? Adjacent to it? Set off by itself? Again, this comes back to the type of atmosphere you want to create.
- What kind of fuel do you want? Propane? Wood? Gas? Fuels burn differently, and each gives a little different feel to the fire pit.
When you’re planning your fire pit’s location, be aware that a gas line can’t go everywhere in your yard. Propane and wood are both very portable and give a more authentic campfire feel but require a bit more work, especially wood. So, you just have to decide what is more important to you.
Regardless of how you answer any of these questions, there is an outdoor heating product that will fit your needs, so the sky is the limit! Create, dream, plan and we’ll help you make it a reality.
Once you get the practical stuff out of the way and have chosen your location, now you get to do the fun stuff. Decide how you want your fire pit to look and how you want to decorate the surrounding area. There are three basic categories of outdoor fire pits to choose from:
Built-in: This type feels the most like a traditional indoor fireplace and is ideal for creating a stunning piece in a rather large area.
Freestanding: This variety is more like a stove and makes more efficient use of heat. They are generally smaller than built-ins and work well when trying to heat challenging areas.
Portable: A portable fire pit is, well, portable and gives you the option of taking it with you for a long weekend at a cabin in the woods, camping out under the stars, etc.
Of course, within these three categories, the design possibilities are virtually endless when creating a unique outdoor fire pit for your home. With the right advice and planning, you can easily create the outdoor space that you’ve always dreamed of. Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing:
This type of built-in fireplace is perfect for installing in a wall. You can have it double sided for double the seating area or stick with just one side if your space isn’t quite that large. You can choose from a variety of materials to create the look you want. Even inside the fireplace, you can change things up with different driftwood log sets, colored glass or even river rocks.
A fun addition to any patio, you can use wall-mounted fireplaces to create cool accents on posts and pillars or add some spectacular flair to your entryway.
Highly portable and a bit more versatile, these work great for chasing away the cool of the evening when enjoying an early spring or fall barbecue. You can have it set up by the grill while you’re cooking or use it to reflect heat back down into the deck space where everyone sits.
A traditional fire pit gives you the most authentic camping feel. Units come in all types, built-in, freestanding and portable and you can choose whether they are propane or natural gas. Perfect for relaxing on your deck and enjoying campfire conditions, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories, all within the comfort of your backyard space!
These are just some of the options available for outdoor heating. Be sure to check out our website or come on down to the store to see more great ideas. We haven’t even talked about colors or stonework designs! There’s a whole other set of personalization and design options to choose.
Whether you want a chic patio for hosting elegant parties or an intimate campfire experience, we can help you design just the right space and then install it for you.
Feel free to give us a call today, and one of the knowledgeable representatives here at Chimney Sweeps of America will be happy to get you started with creating a unique outdoor fire pit for your home. If you know what you want, but feel a little at a loss for how to create it, our design professionals know just what to do. Plus, we can help you with the practical, boring stuff like picking out the right materials and so forth. No matter what, don’t put off your dream outdoor space any longer. Give us a call today!