By Andrea Wichterle. Fireplace. Published at Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 - 00:31:51 AM.
Wood burning fireplaces can become complex even when we are building outside. The atmosphere created around a wood burning fireplace is comforting, calming. The crackling and popping of the wood and the smell that permeates the entire yard adds enjoyment to the functional heater. However, building a custom fireplace can become expensive and complicated. In addition to the firebox and the mantle that we devise as the custom plan, a flue and chimney must be built up through the roof and terminated above the roof line. For many homeowners we have worked with, the expense of cutting through a roof, plus the associated laws and inspections attached to resealing a roof and the expense of building a chimney places the project outside an acceptable budget.
In the era in which unparalleled and inimitable houses are no more a dream, one needs put in sincere efforts to create a paradise out of their home, which becomes the envy of each of its visitors. A chic or classy fireplace can indeed give your cozy corner a special feel. Though for some people, building a fireplace might be a new idea, however it is worth giving a try. Today the market is flourishing with numerous styles and patterns of fireplaces and its tools and accessories. Truly speaking, outdoor fireplace is a great idea to create a lasting impression on your visitors and if it is accompanied with few classy accessories then it’s just like topping an ice-cream with a cherry. Outdoor fireplace accessories include stylish fireplace screens which are available in various patterns and styles. A log holder is yet another important accessory which should not be missed out when designing an outdoor fireplace. Elegant wood holders and ash buckets are also available in the market at affordable prices. Moreover if your fireplace is accompanied with a fire starter and a log splitter then no one can stop envying the aura you have created with an outdoor fireplace.
The benefit to a ventless gas log fireplace outdoors is convenience and cost. The process of building proper ventilation and a chimney can often double the expense of custom fireplaces indoors or outside. Convenience is the ability to create a perfect flame pattern as easily as turning on a barbeque grill. Many gas log fireplaces have complex valve options that allow variable remote controls that alter flame height, on/off remotes, wall switches and thermostatic controllers that turn the fireplace on and off based on the temperature read at the thermostat. I do not recommend any of these valves in your backyard. A manual safety pilot kit has a standing pilot light that stays on always. As long as the pilot is burning, the fireplace can be controlled with a simple control knob. A couple of decorative ceramic pinecones or wood chunks hide the controls. Remotes, wall switches, thermostatic controls and other valves use batteries. Even a gas log fireplace that is under an overhang will be affected by moisture in the air. Here in Florida where humidity is tremendous, a battery operated valve will corrode within a year in most backyards.
Though having a fireplace can complete the overall look of your home and add warmth to the whole area, you cannot ignore the risk of starting a fire. This accident can happen when a log or an ember falls to the carpet or the furnishings and when a spark jumps out of the fireplace. In order to prevent these accidents, it is recommended to have a fireplace screen. Aside from its safety purpose, a fireplace screen can add beauty to your fireplace as well as to your home. Most fireplace screens are made from different materials such as steel, cast iron and other hard metals that have the ability to bear extreme heat from the fireplace. The fireplace screen is designed in a way that they can prevent the logs, sparks and embers to leave the fireplace. Fireplace screens are important as they can lessen the risk of having a fire. A screen for the fireplace is divided into two sections - the outer part has the decorative design while the inner part has small holes on the screen. These tiny holes prevent the sparks and embers from leaving and also let air pass, allowing the fire to burn more.
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