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When the temperature slips, outdoor fireplaces become more than just attractive focal points: they extend our outdoor living season — and by several months with a little luck.
Options for outdoor fireplaces vary, including natural stone and pre-manufactured kits. The choices of burning fuel abound, too: various woods, natural gas, and liquid propane, for example.
Wood-burning fireplaces will probably give off the most heat, which is what we’re primarily looking for this time of year, but you will have to keep the fire stoked, deal with its smoke, especially if its windy, and it’s cinders require clean up. Natural gas, etc. is easier and cleaner, but there’s some sacrifice of heat.
Tip: Unlike a fire pit (see: http://www.longislandhottub.com/longisland_hot_tub_spa_blog/?p=1775) which can easily be moved to where people are gathering, it’s key to think carefully where you want to install a fireplace. When planning where to put it, consider wind direction, where it will make the most impact aesthetically, and where it is ideal for gathering around.
Also, don’t forget that fireplace guard. Safety, first! Another word of encouragement: Whatever material you choose for the fireplace, and whatever fuel — marshmallows will roast just fine on them all.