An outdoor fireplace is an increasingly common feature of many stylish outdoor living spaces. For those who enjoy the warmth and beauty—but not the high maintenance—of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor propane fireplace may be the way to go.
Humans have gathered around fire since the dawn of time, but recently, the source of that fire has evolved. When it comes to fuel for the fire, instead smoky wood—which requires a cleanup crew after every blazing hearth, can throw off dangerous sparks and is harmful to the environment--many people have chosen to simplify things and use propane to fuel their indoor or outdoor fireplace. This way, the fire is lit with the flick of a switch or the turn of a knob—no sticks to rub together, no flint or matches to strike.
Despite the obvious benefits in terms of maintenance, there are some things to consider if you're contemplating an outdoor propane fireplace. Firstly, if it's a custom install, it's likely to cost you two to three times more than a traditional outdoor fireplace—and even if you purchase yours from a big box or home improvement store, the cost will still be more than a wood-burning chiminea or fire pit. But you'll be paying for a measure of convenience and safety that those options can't provide.
In terms of design, you'll find a wide array of choices as you explore options for your outdoor fireplace. From simple, traditional 'front loading' designs to elaborate tabletop and even flaming wine barrels, just about any design permutation is out there for your perusal. Choose wisely and before you know it your next decision will have arrived: whether to roast marshmallows or hot dogs.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
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