During the Fall season and the cooler months of the year, people start to look for ways to extend the use of there outdoor living area. Most people don’t want to give up the outdoors any sooner than they have to.
If you live in the warmer parts of the country there is no reason why you can’t use your outdoor area year round. An outdoor fireplace is an essential ingredient for getting longer use out of a patio or outdoor entertainment area.
The question is not should you add an outdoor fireplace, but rather what kind should you consider. Today the options are numerous – from the elaborate to the simple. There is a perfect solution no mater how much space you have or how large or small your budget.
Let’s take a look at the various options available. The easiest way to start is with a simple patio heater. Not the most elegant, but certainly very functional for cool evenings. They are available in a variety of styles and models. The most popular are either the free standing models that you see at sidewalk cafes or the smaller tabletop version. There are some decorative models that add a flickering light and look like a fine piece of furniture. Most use propane fuel and are very easy to operate.
Another very popular option is the chiminea. Again these can be had in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can get them made of clay, cast iron, stainless steel or copper.