Cool nights next to a fire with friends and family are the best! Especially, when you add smores! Fire features have always been a highly requested item when designing a yard for entertaining with us. There is just something about gathering around the fire that is special.
There is such a wide variety of fire features now that weren’t around or as easily accessible when David Kopfmann started Yardscapes, Inc. 46 years ago. When you think back over the years it’s been wild to see the evolution of the fire feature. I am going to dive into some different styles that we have installed over the years. We are going to start with the more traditional wood burning, fire ring and fire pit, styles that we typically install. Thought we love to be creative and I will get to those at the end!
WOOD BURNING FIRE PITS:
Obviously, going back to the basics, grab your own logs and start them on fire. There is something about the smell of a fire wood burning and crackling in front of you. It can put you into a coma like daze. Fall nights in Minnesota are the best! I chose a few to show you that didn’t require a lot of effort to construct. Most of these were installed over a gravel base for support. Also, most cities require your fire feature to be installed at least 25′ from your home.
WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES:
These make a huge impact and feel more like you are sitting in your outdoor living room! They do get a lot more costly and labor intensive though. Building a structure like this will require a building permit to be pulled and filed. Usually they require excavation of the location, then a concrete slab pored to support the frost footings. Here is an example of the steps it takes to install a fireplace.
…Now that you understand what goes into creating one of these fireplaces, here are a few more examples of ones that we have designed and built!
GAS FIRE PITS:
The ease of having a gas fire pit is amazing, just flip a switch and you have instant heat and ambiance! Most gas fire features require a frost footing if they are going to have mortared stone surround. It all depends on what type of stone and how heavy it is. These require a licensed gas company to install the gas line, which usually feed directly off of the gas meter connecting to a regulator and then installed into the fire pit.
Once the gas is installed, you have many options of what type of material you would like to go on the inside. If you want it to look like a traditional fire we have beautiful and realistic log kits, that come in many different varieties of wood-looks and shapes. If you fancy a more modern feel, go with a glass rock, which comes in many different colors. The glass rock against the flames creates a cool reflection and the flame dances through the rocks. There are also several different stones to fill with, such as lava rock for a more contemporary feel . With gas installation there are many different ignition options as well; wall switch, remote, or phone app to start your fire feature. How easy is that!
Here are some examples of different types of gas fire features we have installed over the years.
CUSTOM FIRE FEATURES:
We get request for fire features that aren’t your norm, whether it’s to fit a tight space or a movable unit, we have to get CREATIVE! We have many resources to create a unique fire feature for any space! Here’s a few that we have created.
Hopefully this has help you with choosing the right fire feature for your family! Always feel free to call us with any questions!