Outdoor Heating

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What are the choices for outdoor heating on my back patio?

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Answer #1 · Chason Arthur's Answer · There are several choices you have for outdoor heating in outdoor living spaces. Here's the one's I often incorporate into designs for my design clients:

Fire Rings - These are the most basic method of containing an open fire and are made from a durable metal such as steel or iron, and, although they have no bottom, they surround the fire to contain ashes.

Fire Pit - These are similar to a fire ring but a bit more sophisticated and attractive. Fire pits are raised off the ground with a bowl to contain the fire, and usually allow a 360-degree view of the fire, creating a nice campfire ambiance in your backyard. You can purchase prefab fire pits, usually made from metal and that come with screens to prevent ashes from scattering, or you can build or have one built out of stone, brick or concrete blocks.

Chimnea - These more like a small fireplace. Chimineas originated in Mexico as bread ovens, but became popular gathering sites for neighbors and family. A basic chimnea is made out of clay and kind of pear-shaped, has a round "bulb" fire bowl with a mouth opening, and a chimney to allow smoke to vent out.

Outdoor Fireplace - These range from smaller prefab units made from metal and surrounded by screens to large contructions that are made from brick, blocks or stone and share the same features of an indoor fireplace. Unless you know what your doing, I wouldn't attempt to build a large outdoor fire place on your own. Hire a reputable professional contractor to do the job. Always get references!)

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