Outdoor Gas Fireplaces
Get all the info you need on outdoor gas fireplaces, from style choices to customization options.
Outdoor gas fireplaces are an increasingly common feature in backyards everywhere, and with good reason. They provide a cozy and unique gathering place for friends and family, help extend the appeal of an outdoor living space well past sundown, and offer the convenience of gas as opposed to wood. With an array of options to choose from, the perfect outdoor gas fireplace for you is surely well within reach.
Materials and Structure
"Traditionally, outdoor fireplaces were made of brick and needed a foundation to be laid before they were built," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Browse pictures of this outdoor living room from HGTV's 2012 Dream Home.
A porthole mirror and potted plants dress up this outdoor fireplace. Courtyard seating faces the fireplace, creating the perfect spot for company and conservation. Design by Chris Johnson
Find the Perfect Fit
A fire pit is one of the many focal points in this deck's multi-level design. A built-in bench curves around the fire pit for toasty seating on chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Trex
Ready for Company
The entertaining deck at HGTV's 2012 Dream Home offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest winter's evening. This fire pit has a modern design and features four separate gas units.
The first step in determining which outdoor gas fireplace is right for you is to decide if you want to purchase a pre-assembled fireplace, a customizable kit, or to have your outdoor gas fireplace created entirely from a concept of your design.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. A wholly assembled fireplace affords the convenience of little or no assembly, plus portability, but it may be difficult to match to the existing design of your outdoor space. A partially assembled kit may allow for more customization on your part, but it will also require more assembly from a handy homeowner. Finally, a fully customized fireplace constructed from scratch will allow for the closest interplay between its design and your existing design, but it'll likely cost you a pretty penny.
Another option that many manufacturers of outdoor gas fireplaces are offering currently is a "customizable kit." This may come as a fairly simple-looking fireplace design, with very little adornment at all. The homeowner can then add brick or other stone design to the face of the fireplace in order to match the home or outdoor space. Alternatively, the homeowner can purchase pre-assembled designs with common brick or stone designs already included. This range of choices normally means that most homeowners can find the outdoor gas fireplace design they're looking for—or the customizable option they can then decorate to match their desired style—without too much trouble.
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