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.
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
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.
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