Did you know that the popularity of outdoor living in Texas has increased to 72% since 2012?
Picture this: a warm summer evening with a gentle breeze. Your friends and family are gathered around your outdoor entertaining space. You are all seated around a small fire, keeping warm and chatting up. Sounds relaxing?
After spending months all bundled up inside, summer is a welcome sight for everyone. With the warmer weather and sunny days, you will be tempted to spend more time outside.
For most homeowners, outdoor spaces, such as the backyard and patio, serve as an entertaining area for guests. Seeing as you will spend a lot of time lounging and entertaining guests outdoors, why not look for unique ways to add a summer sparkle to these outdoor spaces?
One cool way to do so is by introducing outdoor fire features. These features add to the warmth of your backyard and patio both literally and figuratively. Available in different unique designs, finding something just right for your outdoor space should not be a hassle.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to fire features? Have a look at some ideas that you should try out for both your patio and backyard.
1. Fire Pits
Fire pits are the most common fire feature for backyards and patios. This is not surprising given that they are available in different shapes, sizes, and styles.
Want to get a little creative? Why not try the DIY fire pits?
Building a fire pit by yourself allows you to let your imagination run wild. You could use some exotic materials, or perhaps, try out a unique design. How about incorporating some decorative patterns?
If DIY pits don’t sound like your piece of cake, you can easily get ready-made pits.
Usually, they are designed for above ground use. Most of them are portable, although some can be installed permanently in one place.
Besides being a source of heat, you can use the fire pit to grill some food as you sip on some beers with friends.
2. Fire Bowls
Also known as a fire dish, fire bowls aren’t that different from the fire pits. They are metal dishes built on legs and fires are built inside them.
Choosing between a fire pit and a fire bowl may be a bit difficult. The major advantage that fire bowls present is portability. Because they are much lighter and smaller, relocating is much easier.
Just as there are different types of pits, the same can be said for fire bowls. And, they are available in a wide range of style and designs.
While building your own fire dish may not be easy, you should be able to find one that blends in with your existing outdoor decor.
3. Fire Tables
Nothing combines functionality and warmth in your patio better than a fire table. This unique patio fire feature serves as a normal table with the added advantage of providing some warmth to those around.
The center of these tables usually contains a small fire. The fire is often powered by gas or electricity.
When it comes to fire tables, you are spoilt for choice. Ranging from traditional rustic to modern contemporary, fire tables are available in different designs.
Have something specific in mind? Why not try a custom-made fire table. This way, you can choose to incorporate the fire into a coffee table, a dining table, or any other table you want to add to your outdoor entertainment area.
4. Outdoor Fireplaces
Why not take things up a notch and have an outdoor fireplace right there in your backyard?
Thanks to the capacity to hold larger fires, outdoor fireplaces are a better choice if you are constantly hosting a large number of guests.
The added safety and tidiness that it presents is a bonus point on its part.
Outdoor fireplaces can be either inbuilt or portable. Portable outdoor fireplaces are very similar to fire pits and fire bowls.
You can decide to have the fireplace built from scratch, but you may require the help of a professional. The added advantage is that you get to add a personal touch to the fireplace.
5. Fire/Water Features
Trying to make a bold statement? How about wowing your guests with this unique fire and water feature?
These features are a combination of fire and water. They are simply a small fireplace that features a small fountain as well. The features spell class and elegance.
A fire/water feature will be the focal point of your outdoor entertainment space. By adding one to your backyard, you are sure to give everyone something to talk about.
Rather than discard the fire pit or bowl you already have, there are fire/water kits that let you turn them into a fire/water combo as well.
6. Fire Columns
By combining the best features of pits and bowls, fire columns are the perfect addition of style to your small outdoor space.
The only difference between these unique fire features and fire bowls is the shape. But, they are advantageous to people with small patios thanks to the slim design.
Most fire columns are powered by either propane or natural gas. Unlike bowls and pits, fire columns are designed for aesthetic and heating purposes only.
Originally seen all across Mexico, these unique fire features are quickly becoming popular all over the world.
Chimineas have a unique design with the actual fire being completely covered. There’s just a small opening left on the chimney to allow you to stroke the fire.
These unique fire features offer several advantages. Because they are enclosed, they are a much safer choice for homes with pets and/or children.
Besides, your guests will not leave your place reeking of smoke. Unlike the case with other patio fire features, chimineas direct the smoke upwards, so no one is in the direct way of smoke.
Final Thoughts on Outdoor Fire Features
Well, there you have it. These unique outdoor fire features are sure to add a touch of warmth and style to your patio.
Then, why not find something you like and add it to your outdoor entertaining space?
Need some help setting up your outdoor fire feature? Check out our services and let us handle it for you.