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   OUTDOOR FIREPLACES & FIRE PITS
 
 
 
2011 - Volume 1 Issue 1
Casas Bonitas
Remodeling
 
Article: Bob Skolnick
 
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One of the common threads in mankind since the development of humanity is fire. It sends a message of security and a message of warmth. Outdoor living spaces are your personal space for comfort and a fireplace or a fire pit helps create the environment. There is nothing more magical for young children than to be sitting near a roaring fireplace or fire pit.

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1.) Many Southwest homes have included a fireplace in their outdoor living area. The fireplace is a great place to enjoy an evening cocktail or glass of wine during chillier evenings.

2.) This fire pit can be permanent and configured with natural gas or remain moveable and operated with a small propane tank.

3.) This outdoor fountain
and fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating is a great conversation area
and adds ambience to your back yard.

4.) This beautiful gas torch adds both light and ambience to an outdoor paradise.
   
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Adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor space is relatively easy and inexpensive. Most of your landscaping and pool professionals can build your outdoor fireplaces, and stone and brick are the most common materials used. The most typical type of fuel is wood with a gas burner, so you may have to run a gas line to the fireplace. The controls can be set for remote, and you can get your fire burning before you go out with family or guests. This allows you to get a good fire going quickly and maintain the burn for several hours. If you are concerned about a fire still being lit in its glowing final stages when it is time to retire for the evening, then a ceramic refractory log kit looks great and will provide the ambience when needed and quickly shut down when you are ready to go inside. Ceramic log kits are especially good for fire pits where you do not have a chimney to catch embers that might go airborne. Gas torches are a good additional investment if you are already running the gas line out to the fireplaces. Running a parallel gas line to the left and right of the fireplace is not a large added expense. New technology provides for remote control ignition and turn off for gas torches.

Fire pits are fun and designed for a group of people to sit around and talk. As you can see from the examples on this page, you can design a very unique custom fire pit with a water feature integrated into the design and direct natural gas plumbed as the fuel, or you can have a manufacturer’s portable fire pit or fire table that is fueled by a removable propane tank. ///
 
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