Having an outdoor fireplace is one of life’s greatest luxuries. It’s the kind of place where you can unwind, relax, sip a drink, chat with friends and loved ones, and enjoy the beautiful flames dancing before you in a safe, comfortable and warm way.
What are some tips for maintaining an outdoor fireplace so that it works well and looks good for years to come?
For starters, keep it clean. Just like indoor fireplaces need cleaning from time to time, so do outdoor ones. By cleaning your fireplace consistently, you’re setting it up to function well over time in a safe and efficient manner. If you have a gas unit, remove spiderwebs and debris (like fallen tree leaves or twigs) that might otherwise clog your burners. If you have a wood-burning unit, you need to remove old ashes, coals and water, as well as get rid of spiderwebs and debris. The cleaner the fireplace, the longer it will last.
In places where you get a lot of rain or snow, consider adding doors to your fireplace and/or covers for your fire pit to keep them dry and free from wind-driven debris.
Choosing the Right Wood
When using wood in an outdoor fireplace or pit, be mindful of the type of wood you burn. Hardwood is better than green wood and softwoods. So, it’s better to burn oak or maple than, say, pine, which holds a lot of water, creates a lot of smoke, and sparks while burning. To keep your wood pile “clean,” store it off the ground so it doesn’t pull moisture from the earth, and where it’ll be harder for pests, bugs and critters to get to and try to make a home.
VistaPro Landscape & Design builds and installs outdoor fire pits and fireplaces with the intent that you’ll find them to be a stunning focal point around your deck, patio or pool area. In the Annapolis and Baltimore region, VistaPro is known for fireplaces that become yard centerpieces where people love to gather and “hang out.” See some pictures of VistaPro’s outstanding fireplace work here. Then call VistaPro with questions at 301-805-0119 in the DC Metro area or 410-878-2100 (Annapolis) or 703-652-4545 (Virginia).