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An outdoor fireplace is a great addition to any home as it creates a cozy ambiance where friends and family can gather, relax, and enjoy the beauty of a midsummer evening. Not only does an outdoor fireplace add a great aesthetic to your outdoor living space, but it also provides a host of practical benefits, as well.

If you’re wondering if an outdoor fireplace is right for you you’ve come to the right place. Ashbusters Nashville specializes in fireplaces of all shapes, sizes, functions, and even locations. Here are three of the most common questions we get asked.

Do Outdoor Fireplaces Give Off Heat?

a tan brick outdoor fireplace with patio furniture in front of itThe short answer is yes – outdoor fireplaces are designed to provide heat to the surrounding area.

However, the amount of heat it gives off depends on a number of things. The size, design, and fuel source of the fire in the fireplace all contribute to how much heat your outdoor fireplace will put out. The more heat output, the more easily you can enjoy your outdoor area from the earliest part of spring well into the latest part of fall, so ask us about your options to ensure you’re getting exactly what you need.

What Are the Main Benefits of Having an Outdoor Fireplace?

There are an endless number of benefits to having a fireplace in your outdoor space. So many, in fact, that we can’t cover all of them. That said, there are some benefits that people everywhere seem to rave about. Here are just a few.

  • Warmth and Comfort: Having a fire nearby warms up the space that it’s in. It keeps that space comfortable which then allows you to enjoy your outdoor space for an extended amount of time. When you have an outdoor fireplace, eating meals, spending time with friends, and relaxing while reading a book, are no longer things that can only happen outside in the warmth of the summer months. Even in the chilly evenings of early spring and late autumn, your outdoor fireplace will transform your outdoor space into a warm and inviting spot to spend your time.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: You can give any outdoor living space a facelift by including an outdoor fireplace. The endless design options available ensure that you can add elegance and charm to your setting that can turn your entire backyard into an oasis of warmth and comfort.
  • Social Gathering Space: Spending an evening outside with friends sharing drinks and talking about the interests you enjoy is always a favorite part of the summer months. An outdoor fireplace is a great place to gather with friends and family. The sounds of a crackling fire paired with the soft glow of the dancing firelight create a delightful atmosphere for socializing.
  • Kitchen Extension: Some outdoor fireplaces are designed with cooking features, such as grills, pizza ovens, or rotisseries, allowing you to prepare delicious meals and snack all while enjoying the great outdoors. It is a great alternative to your in-home kitchen and it gives your traditional oven a well-deserved break.
  • Increased Property Value: An outdoor fireplace is an attractive feature that is sure to catch the eye of potential home buyers. This isn’t lost on the housing market meaning that homes with an outdoor fireplace are more appealing to buyers. The more your home stands out to buyers, the more money it is worth.

What Are Different Types of Outdoor Fireplaces?

There are a variety of different options when it comes to installing an outdoor fireplace. This is great news for the homeowner who wants to add one because, no matter the circumstance or your preferences, there is likely a fireplace type that will work for you. Here are three of the most common types.

  • a gray brick outdoor fireplace with pumpkin decor around itWood-Burning Fireplaces: For the traditionally minded homeowner you can’t go wrong with a wood-burning fireplace. They look great and feel natural – maybe even a little rustic. Burning wood means that you will get that authentic crackling sound as you enjoy the fire. Wood burning fireplaces do require a steady supply of wood to burn and usually produce more smoke than other options.
  • Gas or Propane Fireplaces: For a homeowner looking for a convenient and easy-to-use option, gas-powered or propane-powered fireplaces are a fantastic choice. They are lit with the press of a button, or sometimes even a remote control. They require relatively little maintenance, and their heat output is usually adjustable. There is a cost to using gas or propane, but the little work it takes to keep them clean makes them a great choice for someone who doesn’t need the smells and crackling (and work) of burning wood.
  • Ethanol Fireplaces: If you have access to bioethanol fuel and you like an eco-friendly option, this might be the fireplace for you. They do not require a gas connection or chimney and they produce clean-burning flames. However, their heat output may be lower than other types of fireplaces.

We’re Experts You Can Count On

At Ashbusters Nashville, we are experts in everything fireplace related. If you are interested in making an outdoor fireplace your newest home addition, trust us – you won’t regret it. We are here to help you every step of the way, so if you have questions, give us a call or reach out online now. We can turn your backyard space into an oasis of joy and beauty.