Top 6 Questions to Consider When Building an Outdoor Fireplace

Warm and welcoming, an outdoor fireplace is a wonderful element to add to your outdoor living space. Building an outdoor fireplace creates an attractive focal point that encourages people to gather around and adds real value to your home. It also requires you to make some decisions. What questions should you ask when preparing to build an outdoor fireplace?

1. Where should I build it?
A custom outdoor fireplace gives you a great deal of flexibility with location. Designed to fit in the space that you choose, it can be freestanding or attached to your home or another building on your property. When selecting a location, think about the way traffic flows in your yard, the wind, privacy and how you intend to use the fireplace. Before making a decision, be sure to check local ordinances; some areas have restrictions that limit their resident’s options for outdoor fireplaces.

2. Should it be portable or permanent?
A portable outdoor fireplace gives you the freedom to change locations on a whim. A permanent outdoor fireplace brings a sense of stability and luxury. Deciding which is best for you is largely a matter of personal preference. Opt for the type of fireplace that best suits your personality and taste.

3. Should it be fueled with gas or wood?
Keeping a fire burning requires fuel. A gas outdoor fireplace is often considered more environmentally friendly, but connecting it to your home’s gas line may restrict where your fireplace can be placed. A wood outdoor fireplace brings the delightful odor of wood smoke, but having one means dealing with venting requirements, ashes and embers.

4. What is the best fireplace design?
When it comes to your fireplace’s design, there’s a lot to think about. Do you want to incorporate your fireplace into your overall landscape by choosing a design that blends with your house or other existing outdoor elements?

  • Are you interested in something with a traditional look or a modern edge?
  • Perhaps you’d like a fireplace that reflects the flair of the Southwest or the Mediterranean.
  • Materials are another important consideration; they have a major impact on the look of your fireplace.
  • Popular fireplace materials include brick, stone, stucco, decorative concrete and glass.
  • Size is another aspect to think about.

Ideally, your fireplace should be scaled to fit its surroundings. The design possibilities for outdoor fireplaces are incredibly varied, so you’re sure to find something that suits your style.

5. Are there other features I want to incorporate in my plan?
When planning for your fireplace installation, think about how you intend to use your fireplace. Are there features that will improve your experience? The possibilities might include patio furniture or built-in seat walls, lighting and wood storage.  Quite honestly, the possibilities are endless.

6. What about fire safety?
Fire fascinates and enthralls. When harnessed, it provides safety in the form of light and heat, yet the potential for an open flame to flare out of control can never quite be discounted. To maximize your enjoyment of the fire burning bright in your new fireplace while also minimizing its potential as a hazard, it’s vital to give some thought to fire safety. When planning for your fireplace, be sure to keep flammable materials like furniture, decor or landscaping at a safe distance. Consider using pavers made from brick, stone or something similar to prevent grass fires. It’s also smart to keep a fire extinguisher within reach and know how to use it.

With more than 23 years of experience in crafting incredible backyard spaces for the residents of the Orlando area, American Backyard Concepts is your trusted source for custom outdoor fireplaces. Contact us online or call us at 407-847-9322 today to request your free estimate.