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Outdoor Fireplaces For A Group Of People

Aug 17, 2007
Outdoor fireplaces are more or less of the same basic design as a traditional indoor fireplace, outdoor fireplaces can be made from a variety of materials that range from stone, brick, cast iron and concrete to cast iron, aluminium, sheet metal, clay and copper.

Stone, brick and concrete fireplaces are long lasting (though a large fire can occasionally crack concrete). Clay fireplaces are inexpensive, but do not last and need to be kept dry. Sheet metal fireplaces are one of the cheapest outdoor fireplaces in the market. They are often regarded as disposable items, to be thrown out when rusted or at the end of their useful lifespan.

Outdoor fireplaces made of cast iron and cast aluminium, are very similar to one another. Cast iron outdoor fireplaces are heavy, solid and long lasting, but prone to rust and also need a fair amount of maintenance. So, cast aluminium fireplaces have a slight advantage, being built for safety, low maintenance and durability as well as being portable and rustproof.

Copper fireplaces are extremely attractive. However, they turn green over time, and their cast iron supports and bases display an alarming tendency to rust quickly, staining whatever surface they're standing on. Copper, sheet metal and clay fireplaces are also not as safe, or as durable, as cast iron and cast aluminium fireplaces.

There are several types of outdoor fireplaces; namely portable gas fire pits, wood burning fire pits and chimeneas. Chimeneas are classified as fireplaces with a chimney that protects guests from fumes and excess heat. They provide fires with a continuous supply of fresh air and are clean burning, fairly safe and efficient in fuel consumption.

Fire pits, in general, are large bowls or open air spaces in which fires are built. Though some fire pits do have chimneys, they do not afford much protection from the elements. A strong wind can very often shower family, guests, food, table decorations and neighbouring houses with red hot embers.

The best and most popular fuel for outdoor fireplaces is hard wood. This is however difficult to come by in some places, or is prohibited by local authorities due to environmental reasons. Alternative sources of fuel include manufactured fire logs, natural gas, propane and gel inserts.

Fire knows neither friend nor foe and burns without discrimination. For this reason it is always advisable to have a fire extinguisher or a large container of water nearby for use in an emergency, with outdoor fireplaces, or indeed when a fire of any kind is in use.
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