Are you considering installing an outdoor fireplace on your property? If so, the following points will help you understand some key factors to keep in mind about your planned purchase.
Depending on where you live, there may be some legal requirements that you have to address before you can install an outdoor fireplace. These legalities can vary between areas in the same city. For example, there might be ordinances that forbid outdoor fireplaces and fire pits within the city limits, but these additions might be allowed on the outskirts of a city or in rural areas. Some cities may not have laws that forbid these structures, but they might require property owners to file paperwork for a permit. An outdoor fireplace contractor is a good resource to use to determine the laws in your area and how to file for a permit if needed.
You will need to decide whether you want a wood-burning or gas-powered fireplace. Woodburning fireplaces may not be ideal for certain weather conditions. For example, the flames and smoke produced may not be a good combination with windy conditions. Gas burning fireplaces give the visual effect, but there are less concerns about windy conditions and smoke and fire. If you truly desire a wood-burning outdoor fireplace for personal reasons, such as the nostalgic smell of wood burning, then you can elect to use caution when choosing days to use the fireplace. For example, you could refrain from using it on windy days.
You will need adequate space for the installation of the fireplace. Perhaps you are thinking that you want a small fireplace, and you may assume that it will not take up much space. However, there are likely building codes that the fireplace must meet. For example, even though the unit will be small, there might be space considerations such as erecting it and leaving a certain distance of space between it and other structures.
You may have several different things you plan to do with your new fireplace. For example, it might be a location that you and your family spend quiet time at. You may also have plans to entertain guests. The main activities you plan to do can help you decide the type of fireplace to invest in. For example, if you plan to have mostly lavish entertainment, a gas fireplace may be better because people may not appreciate getting smoky smells in their expensive clothes. It would also ensure that you do not have the worries of last minute changes in plans due to unexpected windy weather. If your plans are mainly for family and less formal entertainment, a wood burning fireplace would allow you to do things such as roast hotdogs, make s'mores, or camp out in the yard.