The summer is almost here, that means backyard BBQ’s and hanging out outside. What better way to enjoy some time outside than with a fire pit and roasting some s’mores by the fire. In case you are unaware, a fire pit is essentially an outdoor fire place.
Besides offering an additional area for entertaining, well-planned outdoor patios and landscapes can increase the value of a home, offering extra floor space for living. Here are a few essential features to consider when choosing an outdoor fire pit or fireplace.
If you’re a traditionalist and want to see yule logs all aglow, wood-burning fireplaces or pits create an atmosphere of flickering flames that flit in the darkness. But if you’re not keen on the cinders that accompany wood and the task of procuring burning material, gas might be a better option: whether from a propane tank or a home’s natural gas system, gas-burning fireplaces and fire pits are a convenient alternative to wood.
Choosing between a fire pit and fireplace depends on how large an area you want to heat as well as personal aesthetic choice. Fireplaces can heat a larger area than pits, and are generally set into a wall, whereas fire pits are often freestanding and can be structured into many different shapes.
Custom fireplaces and fire pits can be built into many areas of a landscape to offer warmth, comfort, beauty and functionality. Whether a simple fire pit lined with stone or an upright, fully functional brick pizza oven, Rhine Landscaping offers a large variety of options for homeowners looking to heat up their lives. Always safety conscious, Rhine builds in necessary drainage systems, ensures that the fire feature is placed in a safe area, and lines fireplaces appropriately with a mortar liner or fireproof brick. For added visual interest, many styles of mantels, from wood to stone, can be built into the fireplace.
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