It is very important not to be in a rush when buying a new installment for your house. When buying for your outdoor fireplace, here are the things that you should consider before deciding to purchase one.
- The bigger, the better. You must have a list now of possible fireplaces for your home. In checking individual fireplaces, it is important that you opt for a fireplace with a big firebox. If you have a small firebox, you may need to request for your wood to be specially cut. A special order means more cost down the road.
- If you want to have a fireplace that will last for years, it is advised that you acquire one that is made from cast iron or aluminum. Fireplaces made from commercial copper, sheet steel, or clay will not last for long. If you haven’t noticed, sheet metal fireplaces come with a bargain price. As far as experience goes, the price of the material reflects the quality of the goods. Additionally, it is important that you check the thickness of the metal. You don’t want to end up having a melting fireplace.
- Have it weighed. Most fireplaces are manufactured and produced by weight. If you want to compare fireplaces, you can always compare using their weight. When comparing, you have to make sure that you are comparing fireplaces that are made from the same material – e.g. cast iron to cast iron.
- Aluminum fireplace. If you want convenience in moving your fireplace around, you can opt for an aluminum made fireplace. This is easy to move around and easy to maintain. You can bring your aluminum fireplace to your lake house whenever you like. When not in use, it is advisable though that your fireplace is stored in your shed or garage to avoid damage or theft.
- Clay fireplace. As appealing as it may seem, you may want to avoid purchasing a fireplace made of clay. The problem with this type of outdoor fireplace the fact that it falls apart without prior notice. Your romantic evening may end up not so romantic at all. On the one hand, if you are using a clay fireplace right now, you may want to use a mouthscreen or spark arrestor as a safety precaution.
- Surround View fireplaces. This type of fireplace is made of light weight materials and thus can be easily tipped over. You may end up cleaning ash around your fireplace area, and catching burning woods when your fireplace is tipped over.
- Hardwood or logs are the most popularly used fuel for fireplaces. If you want to go with wood, you might want to burn Pinon wood, which will produce a pine scent as it burns. It generates good heat and is very good in producing fire. However, if you are not so keen in using logs or hardwood, you can also use gel fuel, propane, natural gas, or manufactured logs. You can add applewood or pine cones for an aromatic experience.
Make sure that you buy a good quality fireplace to place outdoors. Your safety should be your first priority. Always remember not to sacrifice quality over cost.