The cold and chilly atmosphere is starting to creep in. But an outdoor area with an outdoor fireplace will definitely keep it toasty and cozy. If you’re bound to start a fireplace project, here are 3 factors you should consider when installing a fireplace.
When you first start thinking of installing an outdoor fireplace, the first consideration isn’t actually the material, fuel type or size but the best location for it. Place it too far in the corner and it’ll end up useless as the heat it produces won’t reach most of your outdoor area. Place it too close and you’ll have an instant sauna area that’ll give you discomfort rather than warmth. For this project, the corner of the deck was the best place to put the standalone fireplace. Not only will it project enough warmth, but it will also serve as a screen against the cold breeze.
Next factor to consider would be the size of the fireplace. If it’s centrally located, a small fireplace might do. But if you have a larger outdoor area, you might check larger fireplace setups. If you’re unsure of the ideal size for your area, know that a small fireplace can warm spaces as small as 12 foot by 12 foot while larger ones are ideal for an 18-foot by 18-foot patio.
While fireplaces are usually installed on the edge of decks or patios for maximum coverage, they’re also placed as a windbreak. Try to take note of the general direction the wind blows and place your fireplace opposite that. If the optimal location is facing the general wind direction, you can opt to place a screen to block the wind.
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