Durable Outdoor Stone Fireplaces
Outdoor stone fireplaces are fireplaces which are installed in outdoor locations. Outdoor fireplaces have a number of unique needs which must be addressed for safety and durability, and stone is a great material for addressing these needs. Building supply companies often stock stone fireplaces which people can install in various locations, and it is also possible to build from the ground up, using stones from a building supplier, masonry company, or even the surrounding area. In both cases, it is a good idea to use the services of a contractor to ensure that the fireplace is safe to use. the stone fireplace surround adds a look of distinction to the right home and often becomes the focal point of any abode, giving it a warm and inviting appeal. When using natural stone in the construction of a stone fireplace, the stone often acts like a heat sink, retaining heat from the fireplace and radiating it back into the room long after the fire has subsided. Stone fireplaces can also link the interior of a home with architecture and landscaping outside of the home if the same type of stone is used both inside and out.
Stone fireplaces can be laid out in a number of ways. Some take the form of fire pits, which hold the fire in a central depression inside the fireplace. Fire pits may be dug into the earth and lined with stone, or stones can be used to build an elevated fire pit. It is also possible to build an enclosed outdoor stone fireplace with a chimney for increased safety and efficiency.