A Guide to Outdoor Fire Hearths

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Backyards have become an extension of indoor living spaces. In the West, homeowners can be somewhat limited by cold months and even cold evenings, though. So many of them find ways to warm up the outdoors to make them cozy.

A fire hearth is a relatively novel installation, and these fire features can add significantly to your outdoor enjoyment. Read on to see if a fire hearth might be an ideal addition to your backyard.

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An outdoor fire hearth incorporates elements of fireplaces and fire pits with a little retaining wall thrown in. Essentially, a fire hearth is a seating wall. If you have a sloped yard, the wall portion can serve as a retaining wall. Otherwise, you can use the back wall as you’d like. In the center of the bench seating is the warming element.

Typically, the heating element is similar to that found with a fire pit. It has a metal liner or fire bricks in the center of the seating with capstone all around. You can stack firewood into the fire liner, but most homeowners choose gas, either natural or propane, as the fuel source. In that case, the contractor installs a pilot attached to a fire ring. Glass rocks or faux logs cover the ring.

Outdoor Fire Hearth Materials

The same materials go into the construction of a fire hearth that go into the construction of a fireplace. The foundation of the fire hearth is usually a concrete core. The contractors will usually use cinder blocks and, perhaps, standard bricks to create the basic shape of the fire hearth. If the wall portion is meant to be a retaining wall, they may need to reinforce it with rebar and gravel.

You can choose any finish you want for the exterior of the fire hearth. Homeowners commonly choose a veneer, either stone or brick. With veneers, the fabricators create thin slices of the material. The contractors install the veneer by spreading mortar into the foundation surface and slotting in the stones or bricks so they look stacked. They may also grout between the stones.

Your other main options are concrete and adobe. With either finish, the contractors will apply the material and let it set accordingly. Both tend to look more minimalistic, with concrete appearing especially modern.

Outdoor Fire Hearth Design

Your imagination is your limit when it comes to the design of an outdoor fire hearth. Essentially, any seating wall or fireplace design can be modified into a fire hearth.

A good plan to design your fire hearth is to consider the style of your house and yard. You should plan to incorporate materials used in your house and hardscaping into your fire hearth. Likewise, repeat shapes from your house or hardscaping in the fire hearth. For example, if you have any arches in your house, you might add an arch the top of the fire hearth or the fire pit.

Outdoor Fire Hearth Uses

As noted, a fire hearth can also serve as a retaining wall. So, behind the wall, you’ll have an elevated area of land that you can use for any purpose. Landscaping would be ideal. Consider adding plants that will smell pleasant while you enjoy the fire element.

If you don’t need a retaining wall, the wall portion of the fire hearth can be for privacy. You can keep neighbors’ eyes away from your outdoor activities. Conversely, you can use it as a shield for a hot tub behind the wall. You could even put a bench on the back of the wall for the hot tub area.

Fire hearths are typically for more intimate gatherings because you can’t have guests sit all around them as you can with a fire pit. You can instead use it as the centerpiece of an outdoor lounge. If you want to expand its benefits, you could also place additional seating or a dining table nearby.

Talk to Alpine Fireplaces about a custom fire hearth for your backyard.

What Type of Outdoor Fire Feature Is Best for You?

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Are you finally ready to finish or upgrade your backyard or patio? Do you want to make it a focal point or a gathering place for friends and family, but not sure where to start? Start with deciding which fire feature might fit your situation by asking yourself these questions:

  • How do we typically like to spend our outdoor time?
  • Do we have a pool or other outdoor amenities that a fire feature would enhance?
  • Do we want to stay under a covered patio, or do we prefer to be out under the sky?
  • How much space do we have to dedicate to a fire feature?
  • How mobile do we want it to be?
  • Will this outdoor space be for small or large gatherings?
  • What kind of concerns do we have about children and fire safety?

5 Benefits of a Built-in Grill

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If you’ve been thinking about making a great backyard hangout, you need to consider built-in grills, a common choice for homeowners who want maximum utility in their outdoor kitchen. If you aren’t sure if an outdoor kitchen is right for you, check out these five benefits.

Where’s the Best Place to Install a Fireplace?

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Where's the Best Place to Install a Fireplace?

Fireplaces are transformative, capable of adding both warmth and character to any space they reside in. Because of this, you may find yourself getting stuck on the age-old question: where exactly should you put it? The answer lies in your goals and lifestyle. Consider these suggestions based on the type of environment you want to create in your home.

How to Transform a Room With a Fireplace

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Room with Fireplace

If you want to transform a room’s ambiance and aesthetic, a fireplace is a great feature to install. You must be sure to carefully incorporate your fireplace into your home’s décor, however. Pay attention to these fireplace details, and you’ll really change the look and feel of the room while ensuring that your fireplace fits your aesthetic.

A Linear Fireplace Can Transform Your Kitchen

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With a renewed desire for a simpler way of life, homeowners are once again turning their focus to transforming the kitchen into the heart of the home. A comfortable and cozy kitchen is a great place for family conversations around the dinner table, entertaining friends, and hosting parties.

If you add a linear fireplace to your kitchen, you can transform an ordinary kitchen into one that’s extraordinary through aesthetic beauty, ambient light, cozy warmth, and inviting appeal.

Aesthetic Beauty

Decorating Your Mantel? 7 Safety Tips

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Fireplaces make good focal points in most rooms where they are located, and mantels are fun furnishings to decorate because of their position over the fireplace. However, because mantels are located over the fireplace, it’s important to be safe while decorating them.

Anything placed on the mantel must be relatively resistant to heat and flames. Items placed on the mantel must also be secure, so they cannot fall into the path of the fire.

If you’re a homeowner with a fireplace, here’s what you need to know about decorating your mantel. These tips will help you stay safe and avoid accidents that could lead to a potential fire, or which could lead to the decoration being ruined.

3 Types of Chic Indoor Linear Fireplaces

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3 Types of Chic Indoor Linear Fireplaces

A linear fireplace is somewhat like an outdoor fire pit that can be used indoors.. Therefore, you have numerous design options with a linear fireplace. You can connect two rooms or play with proportions.

While you could certainly incorporate a linear fireplace into a traditional fireplace style, linear styles tend to look modern. Below are some ideas and considerations for adding a contemporary linear fireplace to your house.

1. Background Fireplace

Flammable Materials Around Your Fireplace — Some Dos and Don’ts

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Flammable Materials Around Your Fireplace — Some Dos and Don'tsYour new fireplace will undoubtedly reinvigorate whatever space it inhabits. But that space must also be fit for a fireplace, filled with safe, noncombustible materials. What doesn’t fit anywhere near any kind of fire are flammable materials. Before you install the fire, be sure you follow these materials dos and don’ts.

DON’T Place Chemicals Nearby

Anything left near the fireplace is in danger of overheating or having flying embers on it. This is particularly dangerous when you leave or use gases, chemicals, compressed liquids, paint, or aerosols around the fireplace.

3 Things to Consider Before You Install a Fire Pit

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With summer in full swing, the warm weather has set in, but with the late months of the season comes cooler evenings and nights. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy evenings around afire pit in your backyard. Installing afire pit is a great investment for your family as well as there sale value of your home. Before you get started, there are somethings you need to think about. Here are a couple of things to consider as you plan your fire pit installation.

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