Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces and Firepits.
Outdoor wood burning fireplaces and firepits can add an exciting and cozy element to your backyard or patio. We'll cover all the different types and uses for these outdoor fireplaces.
Types of Outdoor Fireplaces
Outdoor fireplaces can vary from actual masonry structures to portable structures that can be used on a patio.
Large outdoor fireplaces look just like normal indoor fireplaces with a large masonry hearth and chimney. These are great if you are looking for a large focal point in the yard. However, they may be a bit of overkill if you are simply looking for a safe place to have an outdoor fire.
The portable outdoor wood burning fireplaces or firepits are usually small metal structures meant to hold the fire. They are perfect for having a fire on the patio or anywhere in your backyard.
Traditional firepits made with rocks are great but aren't portable and can damage the grass or area where you build the fire. That is why the small portable fireplaces are perfect for having a fire wherever you'd like without the worry of starting an unwanted outbreak of fire.
Here are some examples of outdoor fireplaces and firepits:
As you can see, they vary widely in style and function. Some are more fancy and enclosed, whereas some are simply an open spot to safely have a fire.
Pros and Cons
Larger Masonry Outdoor Fireplaces
These are breathtaking pieces of masonry that can really change the whole feel of your yard. Obviously, because these are large masonry structures, they are very pricey. It will cost thousands of dollars to build one of these.
One major consideration is to choose the correct spot to install the fireplace. Local building codes should be checked before installing a large item, you may need to apply for a permit. Also, realize that once this is built, it's not going anywhere!
Portable Outdoor Fireplaces and Firepits
The only downside to this product can be the size. You need to realize that certain fireplaces only hold short pieces of wood. Many of them hold longer pieces, just make sure to buy one that fits the bill.
The advantages of these items are huge. Many different styles are available to fit the decor of your backyard. Also, because they are portable you can enjoy a fire in your yard or on the patio. Luckily they don't cost a lot of money, most are under $200.
Considering the low price of the portable units, you really can't find a better way to increase the enjoyment of your property. Gatherings and parties can comfortably happen after dark and in cooler weather. Also, who doesn't like the idea of being able to roast marshmellows at the patio?
The larger outdoor fireplaces don't have the same mass appeal because of the prohibitive cost. However, if that is what you are looking for, there is no substitute for beautiful outdoor wood burning fireplaces.
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