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Add a Fireplace to Your Backyard Landscaping

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

The first crisp evenings of autumn have many people already thinking about enjoying their indoor fireplaces this winter, but why wait until then? Adding an outdoor fireplace or fire-pit to your backyard landscaping is easy and you can start roasting marshmallows and making s'mores in no time at all.

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Fireplaces for Your Backyard Landscaping

Adding an outdoor fireplace or fire-pit to your backyard landscaping can be as simple or elaborate as you desire and it can be a great way to enjoy your backyard patio well into the autumn or even early winter. You can hire a contractor to come in and build a masonry fireplace much the same as those inside homes, or you can just go to any home improvement store and purchase a pre-fab unit that can be moved anywhere you desire.

Companies like Weber of barbecue grill fame have compact portable fireplaces that can be used safely and even be taken on camping trips, if you desire. Backyard fireplaces can use wood, propane, or natural gas as fuel. They're becoming increasingly popular, as described by the New York Times.

Just like backyard grills, there are a few safety issues you should keep in mind:

  • Make sure your outdoor fireplace has clearance from all combustibles.
  • Ensure all embers are out before leaving the area.
  • Check with your local jurisdiction to make sure open-air wood fires are permitted if your fireplace uses wood.
  • Don't leave children or pets unattended around a fireplace when it's burning.

Masonry backyard fireplaces can run into the thousands of dollars, but it may be worth it if you do a lot of backyard entertaining. Prefab fireplaces start at less than $200, and while they may not make the statement that a $10,000 masonry fireplace does, they still get pretty toasty--and the marshmallows won't know the difference.



About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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