Wood Burning Fire Pit
A basic wood burning fire pit is easily installed and pricing can be quite affordable. Design options are many, with brick being the most common choice. These fire pits can be installed in many different sizes depending on the desired heat requirements and space available. In some situations the fire pits can be sunken into a patio for a very contemporary look.
Wood burning fire pits also offer the most power full heat exchange, far greater than natural gas appliances. Some negatives about wood burning fire pits are the amount of effort required from the home owner to start the fire. They can not be installed in really close quarters of building structures.
Natural Gas Fire Pits & Other Heating Appliances
Natural gas fire pits are similar in design as wood burning fire pits. They are confined to the actual burning element on the interior of the structure. The selection of the heat ring is limited to a few available options on the market place.
A reasonable expectation is between 40000-60000 BTUs. The heat generated by these units is quite modest and not to be compared to that of a wood burning fire place.
Obviously these units also require a dedicated natural gas outlet to operate. A permit and licensed gas fitter is required for the install. Cost can be sometimes high on this, depending on the existing landscaping and location of new appliance install.
Even with cost considered, natural gas fire pits are a very popular choice due to their ease of operation. Most home owners like the option of heat on demand with very little effort required. Also they offer a smoke-free heat which allows for sitting at close quarters to the fire pit. Design options are also endless.
Natural gas heat lamps and pre-constructed fire pits are also really popular. The vertical heat lamps that you see at many restaurants have become very popular for home patio environments. These units are quite affordable and can be moved with ease to accommodate your outdoor living space.
Recently portable fire pits have also come onto the market. Attributes are very similar to that of a vertical heat lamp. Very practical and cost effective. A nice combination has proved to be a wood burning fire pit with natural gas heat lamps available in the same living space to provide the best of both worlds.
Natural gas fireplaces like the one in your house are also available. Outdoor models can feature ventless operation for easy installation. Most of the features you would expect from an indoor fireplace are available outdoors as well. Design options are endless, and these units can be customized according to your outdoor living space. Price points for these units can be quite high depending on options and fireplace surrounds. Outdoor fireplaces are unique and can be quite prominent for your outdoor living space.
Water features have become very popular in the last ten years. Sizes and budgets can range from small and tranquil, to large and powerful. Common materials used in these types of elements are natural stones.
The options are endless with water features. Large cascading water falls are best built into an existing grade on your yard site. Depending on size they can require yearly maintenance and are not always a practical application in your yard site. Water features also require winterization.
Fountains have also increased their presence on yard sites. They can be quite cost effective. In many situations they are a much better fit for the average consumer. In most cases fountains are available in a plug and play manner. They can easily be tweaked with the addition of external nozzles to offer a unique look.
If you have a look at your local garden center, you will notice that the availability of fountains and choices have greatly improved in recent times. The addition of lighting in any water feature can also offer a very dramatic look at nighttime.
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