Installing an outdoor fireplace is a great way to enjoy the chilly nights here in Nebraska. When designing an outdoor fireplace, there are several factors that you'll need to consider. You'll want to consider its location to ensure it is constructed in a spot that will block the wind and will provide ample room to set up seating in front of it.

You've got to make some other choices as well, starting with whether you want it to be gas-burning or wood-burning. Choosing between using a kit or building a custom-built outdoor fireplace is also a decision you'll need to make. Continue reading to learn more about the factors you'll need to consider when designing your outdoor fireplace.

Make sure there is an ideal location for your outdoor fireplace.

Outdoor seating are with installed fire pit for a customer in Omaha, NE.

When you're designing your outdoor fireplace, the most important factor you'll need to consider is where you want it to be located. This feature will most likely be the focal point of your outdoor area, so you'll want it to seamlessly fit in with its surroundings. You'll also want to situate it in a place where it will block the wind. That's because the wind can reduce the heat of the fire, not to mention it will be unpleasant for guests to have to deal with the direct wind blowing on them all night. If you can't put it in a spot where it will block the wind, consider installing hedges to block the wind for you.

Another thing you'll need to take into account is that you have enough seating space in front of the fireplace. Because this feature is designed for people to gather in front of, you'll need to make sure you leave enough space in front of the fireplace so that people can comfortably sit without feeling cramped.

Do you want a gas-burning or wood-burning outdoor fireplace?

Outdoor fireplaces can be gas-burning or wood-burning. Both options boast outstanding and distinct benefits, making it tough to choose between them. The differences between gas-burning and wood-burning fire features go beyond the cost of installation. We've laid down more information about these two options so you can make an informed decision:

  • Gas-Burning - A gas-burning outdoor fireplace is a convenient option as you don't need to collect firewood or clean up ashes after the fire goes out. All you need to do is press a button to start or turn off the fire. However, you need to spend more on the upfront cost for gas-burning fireplaces as the installation is much more involved.
  • Wood-Burning - This option is great if you love the smell and feel of a natural, wood-burning fire. This type of fireplace will give you the nostalgia of a campfire as you can hear the crackling sound of wood burning and the smokey smell you can only get from wood. You will need to keep a supply of wood on hand to keep the fire going.

The smoke from a wood-burning fire is a natural deterrent for mosquitoes!

Are you going to use a kit or completely customize your outdoor fireplace?

A newly installed fireplace surrounded by fall decorations in La Vista, NE.

Another factor you need to consider is whether you want an outdoor fireplace built using a kit or one that is completely customized. The answer will always be based on your preference. Using kits gives you the benefit of quicker installation since the materials are readily available and will only need to be put together. With a seamless installation process, your outdoor fireplace will be finished in just a short amount of time, which means you can use and enjoy it earlier than when you choose to customize it.

If you want more control over how your outdoor fireplace will look and how big it will be, then go for a custom-built outdoor fireplace. You can communicate with your contractor your goals, vision, and the style you are aiming for your outdoor fireplace. This way, your outdoor fireplace will look unique.

Are you ready to add an outdoor fireplace to your property? Call our team today!

At Groundscapes, Inc., we offer top-of-the-line outdoor fireplaces that will enhance the beauty and enjoyment you get from your outdoor area. Our fireplaces are available in gas-burning and wood-burning options and we can completely customize one for you or you can choose from our selection of kit options. This service is available to commercial, residential, and HOA property owners in Omaha, Elkhorn, Bennington, NE and nearby areas. Call us today at (402) 397-5930 to schedule.