Thursday, April 25, 2013

Beautiful Outdoor Fireplaces and Pizza Ovens

Article by Jennifer Adams

Entertaining friends and family outdoors is a favorite activity at my house year round. What better way to create a focal feature, and literally, a warm glow for your outdoor seating areas than a beautiful fireplace?

Just like indoor fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces draw your eye and anchor a seating arrangement or dining area, especially if you don’t have a view, water feature or a big dramatic planting in your yard. 

We ran across the article “12 Amazing OutdoorFireplaces and Firepits” on the DIY Network website, and we were inspired to share!

In spite of what you might think, fire and water do go well together. A fire pit next to the pool is dramatic and attractive, like this beauty shown above. The matching finishes make for a lovely look. Using natural gas or propane lowers maintenance and mess, and prevents ash from landing in the pool.

Do you love pizza? Add a pizza oven above or in place of a wood burning fireplace for a fun entertaining option, especially if you have kids. Enjoy the fireplace while you wait for your dinner. You can also cook bread, roast meats and much more. Los Angeles Oven Works’ website is full of some wonderful ideas, recipes and photos, be sure to check them out for portable, freestanding and site built wood burning options.

Choose a fireplace style that matches your home. If your house is wood or brick, a coordinating outdoor fireplace will look like it was built at the same time your house was. If you have stone, adobe or stucco fireplaces inside, consider matching the material on the outside, though the elements may affect the color or finish.

Locate a wood burning fireplace downwind to keep smoke out of your house and eyes. Outdoor fireplaces generally have lower chimneys that the ones on your house, so smoke can be a problem. Figure out which direction the winds usually come from during the summer, or use natural gas or propane to eliminate the smoky problem.

Photos courtesy of the DIY Network website.

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