An Outdoor Stone Fireplace Adds Warmth and CharmContributed By: BAG Editors
There’s nothing quite like a fireplace to curl up next to on a cool night. Fireplaces not only add warmth in a literal sense, but they also lend warmth and charm to a space. This is especially true of outdoor spaces. Adding an outdoor stone fireplace in your backyard or garden is a luxury you will not regret. The beauty and charm of a stone fireplace that’s nestled on your patio, alongside your garden, or near your inground pool is unparalleled.
When it comes to an outdoor fireplace, there is nothing like stone. A stone fireplace is elegant, rugged, and durable and can withstand constant exposure to the weather. Outdoor stone fireplaces are among the most popular types of stone fireplaces constructed. There are many stone fireplace designs to choose from when selecting the style that best fits your needs. No matter what type of stone fireplace design you choose, you are sure to have years of enjoyment that adds to the enjoyment of your outdoor space.
An outdoor stone fireplace can be used all year long. There is nothing like sitting around the fire during a cool night, whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall, and enjoying the warmth and dancing light that the fire evokes. Your outdoor fireplace will soon become a gathering spot for family and friends, and rather than running indoors as soon as the mercury dips, you will find yourself drawn to sit by your stone fireplace outdoors instead.
Holiday time is an especially wonderful time to enjoy outdoor natural stone fireplaces. Even though the weather outside may be frightful, the glow of an outdoor stone fireplace is truly delightful. Grab a mug of hot cocoa or warm apple cider, don a hat and some warm mittens, and enjoy the glow and warmth of an outdoor fireplace during the holiday season. Stone fireplace mantels can be decorated for the holidays with outdoor lights, garland and wreaths, just as if they were indoors, and can greatly add to the holiday cheer. You will find that the memories you make while gathered outdoors around the stone fireplace hearth are ones that you will not soon forget.
If you already have an outdoor fireplace, then you are all set to enjoy some time spent outdoors to unwind during the busy holiday season. If, on the other hand, you only have plans to build an outdoor stone fireplace but have not yet started, you can rest assured that whenever your stone fireplace is finished, it will bring enjoyment and warmth to you and your family all year long and for many years to come.
If you are at the point that you are still trying to decide on how you want to build your custom stone fireplace but haven’t narrowed down your choices yet, have no fear. You can find a wealth of stone fireplace ideas as well as stone fireplace pictures and photos online so you can get a better idea of what you like and how any given design or type of stone will fit into your outdoor garden décor.
Stone fireplaces can be custom built in just about any design, size or shape. You can also choose from among a variety of different materials as well, and each type of stone will provide a slightly different look and feel to your custom stone fireplace. It is best to check with the contractor that will be constructing your fireplace, however, just to make sure that the type of stone fireplace you desire will hold up well outdoors in the weather conditions where you live.
Some of the most common types of outside stone fireplaces include:
Limestone fireplace – Limestone is a very durable and very attractive stone that is often used in the construction of fireplaces. It holds up well to heat and can also withstand cold, wind and rain.
Sandstone fireplace – Similar to limestone, sandstone is a durable and attractive material that works well in the construction of outdoor fireplaces.
Stacked stone fireplace – Stacked stone fireplaces are more natural and rugged in looks and can be a beautiful addition to any backyard space. They are constructed by stacking individual stones in a pattern to create a stone fireplace surround that is unique and beautiful.
Stone veneer fireplace – When you want the look of stone, without the expense of solid natural stone, you can build a stone veneer fireplace. The cost of these outdoor fireplaces is lower than other models because there is only a layer of stone fireplace facing along the outside edges of the fireplace but the interior of the fireplace is constructed from a less expensive and easily molded material, such as concrete.
Cast stone fireplace – Cast stone fireplaces are a great option for the outdoors because you do not have to worry about individual stones chipping, falling off or becoming loose. In a cast stone fireplace, the material used is similar to a poured concrete that is carved, finished and designed to look like natural stone. Since it is all one solid piece, it is a very durable option for locations that are subject to extreme weather.
Faux stone fireplace – Faux stone fireplaces can be used outdoors in some climates, but in more extreme climates they may not hold up as well as some other outdoor fireplace designs because they are not made from natural stone.
No matter what type of stone fireplace you select for outdoor use, adding an outdoor fireplace will add a warmth and charm to your outdoor living space that is unsurpassed by just about any other type of object that you can add to your backyard. One of the nicest aspects of having an outdoor fireplace in your backyard is how much more often you can enjoy your outdoor space, even as the weather begins to cool off. Rather than being holed up indoors all winter long, you can get outside and enjoy the crisp, cool air as you warm your fingers and toes next to a roaring fire. Your holiday celebrations will also be unique and memorable when they can be enjoyed outdoors, cozied up to your outdoor stone fireplace.