Choosing an Outdoor Gas Fireplace Choosing an Outdoor Gas Fireplace
An outdoor gas fireplace is a welcoming sight on a cool evening. There are many styles and sizes for such a fireplace, and each adds a unique element to an outdoor kitchen, patio, courtyard or porch.
Location and Size
It is important to determine where you will put your fireplace before you choose a style. You need to know how much room is available. A small, freestanding fireplace may fit your needs better than a large fireplace that stands next to a wall. Before you begin a large construction project, you need to know if there are any building codes you need to follow.
There are several styles to choose from when it comes to your fireplace. There are large ones that look like they could be built right into your home, and there are others that look like they belong in the great outdoors.
If you want to be less traditional, there are gas firebowls, stone pits and campfires. A fire bowl can be placed in the center of your outdoor table, on a column or another center piece. It looks much the way the name suggests: fire comes from the center of the bowl.
A stone pit is excellent for large groups. People can circle around the open flames and if anyone is ambitious, you can roast marshmallows. A campfire works on the same principle. However, a stone pit takes up much less room. It can be easily moved, especially if it has its own propane tank.
More traditional fireplaces can be built right into the surrounding buildings. They are a great addition to outdoor kitchens and other living spaces. If you wish, there are also freestanding fireplaces. Many of the larger freestanding fireplaces have glass on several sides so that you can see the flames from many angles. Fireplaces of either variety can appear rather ostentatious, but others look like old potbelly stoves. Be sure to choose the style that will best fit the area’s theme. The materials that make up each fireplace can range from stainless steel or aluminum to brick and terracotta.
Depending on the style you choose, you will fuel your fireplace with natural gas or propane. If your house’s electricity is powered by natural gas, it may be possible siphon gas directly from the house. Be sure you check all the building codes before you do this. Smaller, maneuverable fireplaces may have propane tanks, though it is possible to directly supply them with natural gas. Because propane is a by product of processing natural gas, the price will usually fluctuate with that of natural gas.
For the most part, the larger the fireplace, the more it will cost. This will vary depending on materials and installation. Smaller items like firebowls and campfires are usually much cheaper than even the smallest fireplace. If you have a low budget, it would be wise to consider these alternatives.