Using Outdoor Fire Features to Warm Up an Oklahoma Winter
Oklahoma winters can be dry and cold with minimal snow, which can make spending a lot of time outdoors difficult and unenjoyable. When you’ve put a lot of effort into your landscape, you should be able to show it off all year long, not just when it’s warm out.
Landscaping fire features, like an outdoor patio or fire pit, can be just what you need to warm up your outdoor space when the weather gets chilly — even on the coldest winter day.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire features are the number one requested design feature for residential properties. If you choose to take the leap and add a fire feature to your landscape, there is a much to consider before you do so. The design, how it burns, and use can all influence your buying decision.
Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace?
Is lounging on a couch more your style, or do you prefer campfire-like gatherings with large groups of friends? These are things you should consider when choosing between a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace for your fire features.
If you already have an outdoor kitchen or ample yard space, a fire pit could be a great addition to your landscape. These are great for entertaining large parties because you can sit large groups of people around them, and they allow you to host campfires and roast s’mores all year long. Most are round, but you can customize them to fit your needs — fire pits can be square, rectangular, and more.
If cuddling up on a couch and unwinding by the fire is how you want to enjoy your outdoor space, an outdoor fireplace may be right for you. These are great if you have the patio capacity to install a television or create an outdoor living room space to accompany it. Outdoor fireplaces can provide a serene experience while basking in the beauty of an Oklahoma winter.
If you still can’t decide between a fire pit or fireplace, it’s important to take into consideration the size of your patio and the proximity to your gathering areas. For larger gatherings, a fire pit might be the best choice for you. For intimate or laid-back events, a fireplace may be the better decision.
Making the Choice Between Wood-Burning or Gas
Once you decide what type of fire feature you would like to add to your landscape, you must choose between wood-burning or gas — natural or propane.
It’s easy to assume that wood-burning would be the simplest option for homeowners, however, you must check with your homeowners’ association (HOA) before making this decision. Many HOAs prohibit wood-burning fire features, so it is integral that you confirm it is allowed. Additionally, many safety precautions must be taken in order to properly maintain wood-burning fire features.
For example, flying embers can cause grass fires, so it is key to avoid burning in windy conditions. Keeping your fires small and at least 10 feet away from structures is also good practice for wood-burning fire features, along with clearing leaves or debris from the area before you burn. Once you are finished with your fire, make sure there is a water hose nearby so you can properly put out the fire.
Running gas can be a simple solution to fueling your fire features as well. For those with new homes, running natural gas can be simple, however, using a propane tank can also suffice if a natural gas line cannot run.
Outdoor fire features can be a great way to enjoy your yard in a cool Oklahoma winter, but they can be enjoyed all year long! For more information on how we can install an outdoor fire pit or fireplace to your landscape, contact us today.