Fire pits and fireplaces add an ambiance to your outdoor living space that’s hard to beat. Staring into flickering flames is mesmerizing. You won’t hear an argument from anyone if you throw s’mores into the mix. Fire entertainment elements upgrade the value of your home and kick your entertainment up a notch. You should consider several factors: style, location, fuel source, and budget. Cypress Glen Outdoors has years of experience and can help you zero in on your best options.
Gas Or Propane Outdoor Fireplace
Roughly 51% of US households use natural gas in their homes. Gas surpasses propane and oil environmentally by 19 and 40%, respectively. Propane is standard for BBQs, but fire pits and fireplaces burn much longer. Your contractor can run a gas line to the new pit or fireplace. You’ll never have to worry about running out of fuel or making trips to buy propane. Some rural homes only have access to propane for their heating and cooking needs. A large truck refills residential propane tanks regularly, eliminating the typical propane run.
Outdoor Wood Burning Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Before starting construction, you’ll need to decide if you want to burn wood or rely on propane or gas. Wood burns much hotter than gas or propane. A wood fire will potentially damage the gas or propane heating unit. The smell of the wood burning and the crackling sounds are enticing. But ask yourself, who will bring in the wood and clean the ashes? Wood fire pits or fireplaces are more labor-intensive. In addition, some counties no longer allow wood-burning devices to limit air pollution.
Outdoor Built-In Seating Options
Built-in seating around your fire pits or fireplaces brings an entertainment area together. You can have the benches built out of wood, stone, or brick materials, to name a few. You’ll want the building material to complement or match the main building elements. Add seating cushions and pillows for extra comfort, and change them out seasonally if the decorating bug bites. Wide ledges can serve as additional seating for larger parties or unexpected guests. A hammock or a covered swing are friendly ways to add variety to the seating options.
Worthy Additions for Fire Pits And Fireplaces
A wood-burning fireplace or fire pit wouldn’t be complete without a place to store wood and fireplace tools. Don’t forget a pit or fireplace screen to keep rogue sparks or embers from wreaking havoc on your party. You can get a cooking grate for your new fire pit and a wind guard.
Permanent lighting fixtures are an excellent choice for ambiance and everyone’s safety. The electrical, gas, or propane lines can share the same trench during construction. Outdoor lighting spruces up the space and is more intimate than outdoor flood lights. Do you want the entertainment area to be on the wild side? You might consider using vibrant cushions and mobile lighting for resale’s sake. Changing out cushions is simple and inexpensive. Also, consider adding extra outlets during the initial construction.
The element of fire is an outstanding addition to an outdoor entertainment area. Sifting through the endless choices can be daunting. Call Cypress Glen Outdoors for the best recommendations and bring your backyard to life!