If you are like me, you've seen backyard landscape shows featuring outdoor fireplace kits used to install a wood or gas burning fireplace. In search of a unit that I could assemble myself that wouldn't look like a DIY outdoor fireplace project, I quickly discovered some considerations that made my choice easier. First of all, it had to be determined if we wanted the diy outdoor fireplace source to be portable or stationary. There are tons of options for each. I do like chimineas, but wanted the piece to make a statement in my landscape so I chose to go with an outdoor fireplace. The second choice was even easier, we chose to look at wood burning units because there is no natural gas where we live and didn't want to figure out how to deal with keeping propane tanks or lines unburied from the snow. There is something about wood smoke that helps to create the entire experience of an outdoor fireplace. We can use any kindling or dropped wood we find without having to plan ahead and make sure the gas supply is sufficient. No running out of propane mid-burger cooking.
Since we live in a rural location and outdoor fireplace merchants are few and far between, it made sense to order online and we quickly found beautiful diy outdoor fireplace kits we liked. We decided on one that would arrive in components that lock together so we could easily assemble it. The model we chose required mortar that was supplied, but it didn't require special stone mason skills to apply. We looked at one with a couple open sides so the fire could be viewed from other locations, but since it would be sited at one end of the stone patio, we went with a model where wood could be stored in a compartment located right in the fireplace unit itself.
The style and surface gave us even more choices. The company we purchased from offered several different concrete finishes specially manufactured to weather extreme outdoor conditions. Some were available painted pewter, sandstone, tan, taupe, copper on tan or tan on copper. Other units could be custom faced with stone. We wanted to be able to cook and heat our outside surroundings with it, but mostly we wanted it to be the focal point of the yard. It couldn't be too opulent looking because our yard is pretty rustic.
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