Outdoor fireplaces can create a warm and welcoming feeling while adding value to your property. That is why they are a popular option for updating or designing outdoor living areas. However, before purchasing your outdoor fireplace, there are some things you will need to consider. Ed’s Woodshed has put together some tips on what you will need to get started.
Before your fireplace is installed, you should purchase a Class A fire extinguisher and a safety screen. Buy beforehand, so you won’t be tempted to use your fireplace before having this safety equipment.
If you’re considering a fireplace with glass doors or a glass front during your search for outdoor fireplaces on sale, it is still recommended to buy a screen as an extra precaution.
With your fire extinguisher, be sure to know how to use it and maintain the recommended service schedule.
Make sure to check your local governing body or homeowners’ association to see if there are any requirements or guidelines for outdoor fireplaces. You will also need to check if there are any ordinances regulating installation and usage.
Additionally, you will need to find a local website to ensure there is no burn ban in place before using your outdoor fireplace.
Fireplaces should be at least 10 feet away from any structures, outdoor furniture, or flammable materials. If 10 feet isn’t possible, you will need to take additional precautions.
If you choose to install your outdoor fireplace in a partially or fully enclosed space, talk to your contractor about proper ventilation. You will want to make sure there is adequate ventilation to avoid any potential health hazards.
There are patio kits that can offer an attractive and affordable alternative to installing an outdoor fireplace. Unless you are very handy or a contractor yourself, you should hire a professional to ensure it’s installed properly.
A professional can help ensure proper ventilation, the location is safe, and that the firebox and chimney are installed and functioning properly. They also can recommend different practices to reduce fire hazards.
It is extra important to hire a professional if you are installing a gas fireplace because it will require a running gas line that will need to be hooked up to the fireplace’s gas line.
For more information about outdoor fireplaces for sale in Pittsburgh, contact Ed’s Woodshed in Bridgeville to receive full-service assistance on choosing your outdoor fireplace. Ed’s Woodshed has been serving the Pittsburgh area its high-quality fireplaces for over 35 years. Call Ed’s Woodshed at 412-257-0492 for your electric fireplace purchase!
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