Open-air fireplaces add character to your yard and can extend your enjoyment of the outdoors into cooler weather. They are also a design anchor for furnishings such as chairs and tables.
There are many types of fireplaces that serve different functions. Choose the one that’s best for you.
Do-It-Yourself Fire Pits
Do-it-yourself enthusiasts can construct a ready-to-assemble fire pit using concrete retaining wall blocks. Most fire pits require minimal yard space.
The Anchor™ Fresco™ fire pit kit features retaining wall blocks, a liner and cooking grate along with easy-to-follow instructions. The kit is available at The Home Depot stores and at independent landscape dealers that carry Anchor products.
An outdoor fireplace can be a dramatic addition to your yard and there are many styles and sizes available to suit every budget and space. Stone Age fireplaces are modular kits that can be customized by size, shape, and choice of veneer options, including brick, pavers or natural stone. Outdoor fireplaces can be freestanding or integrated into a seating wall, with options such as storage space for wood or decorative mantles.
Outdoor Kitchens, Grill Surrounds and Pizza Ovens
If your culinary tastes extend beyond roasting marshmallows around a fireplace, consider an outdoor kitchen that lets you enjoy the outdoors and your family and guests while you cook. A number of options are available.
If you enjoy your current barbecue grill, consider building a countertop and island that provides storage and work space as well as a finished, customized look. The Stone Age kits can be customized by size and shape to fit many spaces.
An outdoor pizza oven is the ultimate backyard entertaining accessory and conversation piece. Beautiful to look at, pizza ovens are great for entertaining large groups and are easy to use. Host a make-your-own pizza party around the oven and, with a little practice, you’ll find it practical for cooking appetizers and other foods, too.
Our love of a crackling fire might equal our passion to improve our outdoor spaces. Today, there are fire pits, fireplaces, kitchens and ovens to suit all tastes, budgets and spaces. Enjoy your landscape this summer and consider adding a fire to gather around. Summed up well by author Charles Dudley Warner, “To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.”