Want to learn more about outdoor fireplaces? Read along for the answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Is an Outdoor Fireplace Worth It?
Yes! Outdoor fireplaces are more than a place to enjoy a fire. They’re your all-year entertainment center, giving you a spot to warm up, relax, and enjoy the company of your family and friends.
Does an Outdoor Fireplace Add Value?
In general, an outdoor fireplace will increase your home value and make your property more attractive to a potential buyer. According to Jessica Yonker of HGTV Gardens, that could mean an additional 15-40% to your home's value. You can also expect to recoup around 80% of the associated installations costs, depending on your fuel source.
What are the Types of Outdoor Fireplaces?
Outdoor fireplaces are available in three different fuel sources:
Gas: These outdoor fireplaces are powered by natural gas or propane fuel sources. Your fireplace will be housed in a fixed space and require a gas line for use. No venting or chimney is required, but many units come with a chimney or false chimney for aesthetic purposes.
Wood: These outdoor fireplaces are powered by your traditional wood fuel source. Your fireplace will be housed in a fixed space and will require a chimney for proper smoke control. Our outdoor fireplace kits and fireplace accessories provide you with the essential components to get your installation started.
Electric: These outdoor fireplaces are powered by electricity. Your fireplace will be housed in a fixed wall, and it needs to be covered by an overhang for safety or placed in an enclosed area for the best results.
As for your style choices, you’ll find everything from contemporary or modern to your traditional, rustic fireplace. A more in-depth guide can be found here.
Why is My Outdoor Fireplace Smoking?
Most smoky fires are caused by wood that hasn’t been dried out correctly. Smoldering and hissing are also signs that your firewood is too wet. If you notice smoking in a gas or electric outdoor fireplace, this could be a sign that your fireplace needs maintenance or repairs.
Does an Outdoor Fireplace Need a Damper?
A damper is a manual device that opens and closes to vent gas and other chemicals away from the people gathered around the fireplace. Flues and chimneys work together with the damper to filter the exhaust up and out of the fireplace area.
Since you’re outside with plenty of open space and airflow, a damper isn’t necessary for an outdoor fireplace. But dampers on an outdoor fireplace will also keep out the rain, debris, and any pests, making it a great addition if you decide to use one.
How Far Does an Outdoor Fireplace Need to be From My House?
Outdoor fireplaces must be placed at least 10 feet away from your home and any flammable structures.
Are Outdoor Fireplaces Safe?
Outdoor fireplaces are perfectly safe with the proper precautions. Always check the manufacturer’s directions on how to use your outdoor fireplace safely, and don’t forget to read our outdoor fireplace buying guide for more maintenance and safety instructions.
How is an Outdoor Fire Pit Different from an Outdoor Fireplace?
Portability: All outdoor fireplaces are permanent fixtures while many outdoor firepits are portable.
Installation: Outdoor fireplaces are installed in preset walls or other structures while outdoor firepits are installed in the center of virtually any outdoor space.
Shape: Outdoor fireplaces take on a square or rectangular shape and are generally flat against a wall while fire pits can look square, rectangular, or circular and are 3-dimensional.
Can I Add Accessories to My Outdoor Fireplace?
Yes, no fireplace is complete without the right accessories. We offer a few different options for outdoor fireplaces, including:
To find our outdoor fireplace accessories, click the Accessory Types tab on this page.
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