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Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

Spring Patio Fix-Ups: Install an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

by Home Fire Stove & Grill City Staff on March 1, 2018

As you dream about the warmer months ahead and begin making your plans for the outdoor gatherings you are planning you might want to consider a few features that will turn your backyard into the place to be! There is nothing quite like a fire-feature to draw a group and encourage conversation. With so many fantastic options to choose from, it may seem daunting to pick one or two that will fit your space perfectly. From fireplaces and fire pits to built-ins and fuel type. We have broken down the options for you so that you can choose just the right fire feature for you your home and begin transforming your dreams into realities!

A fireplace for every budget. If you are looking for a fireplace that is both beautiful and budget-friendly, you might want to consider a wood burning fireplace. Wood burning fireplaces tend to be less expensive than gas fireplaces. When considering costs, one must take into account the cost of running a gas line from the home. The longer the gas line is, the more expensive your project will be. 

A custom-built fireplace will cost more than a prefabricated or freestanding model. Wood burning fire pits and bowls can be found a much lower cost, sometimes as low as a few hundred dollars.

Built-in versus freestanding. When you envision your summer/fall what do you see? How do see yourself and your friends using your outdoor space? Are you thinking of an outdoor room setting with a Pergola and a fire feature with friends lounging around the fire in comfy armchairs or do you see more of a hang-out zone? Before you make your final decision be sure you have a clear idea of how you want to utilize your space.

Pick your style: fireplace, fire pit or fire bowl. Would you like an indoor/outdoor fire-feature? Are you looking for a gas fireplace that gives you indoor and outdoor views? You can go modern or traditional. Something with sleek, straight lines or something with curves. There are so many fireplace options for outdoor rooms! If you have a covered patio the gas options get even broader. Maybe you are looking for something a little more low-key, maybe fire pit or fire bowl would be a good place to start.

Consider, but don't be limited by, your home's architecture. Is your home mid-century modern or Tuscan style? Stucco or a log cabin? When choosing an outdoor fire-feature don’t let your home’s style limit your outdoor space options. Create an outdoor space that is you, something that invites friends and family to gather and enjoy each other’s company and has your unique touch on it!

Add an element of surprise with a tabletop fire bowl or torchlight. Are you still unsure about what kind of fire-feature you are wanting for your outdoor space? Consider a table-top bowl or a water and fire feature, we even carry fire features that attach to the outside of your home and offer a warm and welcoming glow to family gatherings (Tempest Torch).

Brush up on fire safety. There is nothing worse than a do-it-yourself job gone wrong, especially when it comes to gas appliances. Get off on the right foot by hiring the pros to install your gas line and install your ground or floor cover. Be sure to keep a wide area clear of vegetation and build your fire feature away from your home. Be sure to check local fire safety codes to be sure that your project is up to standards before you begin.

And now, you are ready! Taking the next step is the best part! Visit our showroom or check out our Outdoor section on our Home Fire Stove website and pick out your fire feature! We wish you all the best as you prepare your outdoor space for a fantastic season.


For more information on outdoor fire-features, or to talk with one of our knowledgeable staff, please contact Home Fire Stove at: 503-364-6339.


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