Winter does not have to be a time for staying indoors and hibernating.. People have been enjoying the ambiance and warmth of outdoor fires for many years. As soon as the weather starts to get cool, visions of roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa before a fire come to mind. An outdoor fireplace can be just the right addition to make your patio a fun place to gather with family and friends even when the temperatures dip.
Create a Cozy Spot
An outdoor fireplace surrounded by comfortable furniture with plump cushions and throws to cover up will offer a warm place to tell ghost stories with the kids or entertain a few friends. Choose furniture with closed-in backs to prevent the warmth from escaping. Although wicker or other types of furniture might be good for the summer months, during cold weather you need something that helps to retain heat.
Does your patio have a roof? If not, add some type of cover to help hold the heat. Everyone knows that warm air rises. When you use an outdoor fireplace, you can keep more of the heat around you and stay more comfortable. There are a number of options, such as a pergola that can be covered for the winter or a tent. If you really want to stay warm, add curtains that can aid in blocking the cold winter winds. Whatever you choose can be placed in front of the fireplace, and the warmth will circulate inside keeping everyone cozy.
Warmth and Beauty
An outdoor fireplace can be an addition to your patio that not only gives you the ability to continue to use this space when it is cold, but often, it can add value to your home. When choosing the right one for your patio, you can opt for a full wall fireplace with a hearth that is sitting-height. This offers a place for people to sit and warm up or make it easier for you to take care of the fire.
The raised fireplace is also a wonderful focal point for your patio, since it is more at eye-level. When inviting family or friends over that have small children, this type of outdoor fireplace offers less access to the little ones. During the summer months you can use the hearth for plants and other decorative items. It can also be extra seating if you are entertaining.
An outdoor fireplace can offer many benefits as well as providing beauty to your patio. There are many styles to choose from, so you can find something that will add just the right look. In addition, you can still enjoy your patio no matter what the time of year.
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