Armand’s Discount carries a huge number of outdoor fireplaces, fire tables, and firepits. New, modern trends have changed the way that outdoor fireplaces are constructed and sold. Traditional outdoor fireplaces required a solid foundation to be built before the bricks could be laid for the actual fireplace. Today, many outdoor fireplaces can be purchased ready to go, without any extensive construction or assembly required before use.
Modern outdoor fireplaces can be constructed out of a variety of materials. For example, stone, brick, and stucco fireplaces are all commonly used in today’s outdoor spaces. Consider adding one of these modern fire features to your back porch or patio, turning it into a tranquil oasis where you can relax with your family and friends.
Modern Fireplace Idea #1: Wrought Iron Detailing
Wrought iron detailing is a common feature in many modern fireplace designs. This element can easily add a European twist to an otherwise neutral fireplace. Consider using a wrought iron mantel or fire screen to add a Tuscan flair to your patio or other outdoor space.
Modern Fireplace Idea #2: Light Up a Covered Patio
Napoleon sells a line of fire tables and fire pits as well as a line of more traditional outdoor fireplaces. If you are looking to make your outdoor fireplace the focal point of your space, you might want to take a closer look at a fire pit or a fire table.
Fire pits are popular in outdoor seating areas, providing warmth and light to all of the chairs and benches arranged around it. This is great if your patio doubles as a seating area for cocktail hour or casual evening chatter.
If you are planning to host dinner parties on your patio, you might want to look into a fire table. Most modern fire tables feature a glass or stone tabletop surrounding a central gas or electric fire feature. This fire feature can easily light up the whole table, reducing the need for other overhead lights while you and your guests are dining outdoors.
When deciding between a fire pit, fire table, or traditional fireplace, think about the kind of gatherings you would like to hold on your patio as well as the other design elements that you would like to incorporate. Many designers agree that a fire pit or fire table can make a great central fire feature while a traditional outdoor fireplace tends to provide a backdrop for your gathering rather than being the focal point.
Modern Fireplace Idea #3: Create an Outdoor “Living Room”
Many people would love for their outdoor seating area or patio to double as an extra living room, so why not furnish it like one? Outdoor furniture has come a long way, with many newer pieces being equally as comfortable and durable as their indoor counterparts. Set up your patio like a living room, complete with a coffee table, sofas, chairs, and a stone or brick fireplace at one end.
Modern Electric Fireplaces
Beyond the style and construction of your fireplace, you will need to decide whether you are looking to buy an electric or gas fireplace. The biggest differences between the two are the type of flames produced and the ongoing costs associated with operating your fireplace.
Electric fireplaces produce plenty of heat and light, but no real flames. This can be a drawback for some people, but others do not mind the orange glow commonly produced by electric fireplaces. The upside of electric fireplaces is that they are almost always cheaper to operate than their gas or wood burning counterparts.
Modern Gas Fireplaces
Unlike electric fireplaces, gas fireplaces produce real flames, similar to those of a traditional wood burning fireplace. The drawback of this is that those flames consume gas as they burn, meaning that you will have to keep your tank filled in order to ensure that your outdoor fireplace ready to go. This means that the ongoing costs associated with operating a gas fireplace are higher, but it is worth it if you want a fireplace with real flames.
Heatilator and Heat-N-Glo are two of our most popular retailers, stocking both gas fireplaces as well as traditional wood fireplaces. If you are interested in an affordable outdoor fireplace, check out their great selection online.
Regency, on the other hand, specializes in gas fireplaces. Their collection of Outdoor Gas Fireplaces includes a variety of sizes and styles, helping to turn any space into a popular outdoor dining space.
If you would like to know more about your options for electric and gas outdoor fireplaces, browse our website or contact Armand’s Discount to learn how we can help you upgrade your back porch or patio.