Create a Perfect Paradise - with a Fire Pit

The following article is shared from EP Henry's blog: Among the most common requests we get at EP Henry is for some kind of fire feature for the yard. Everyone loves how huddling around a fire can extend your outdoor time into the chilly fall or early spring nights. We discussed EP Henry’s fire pit kits in a recent blog, which can be put together by a handy homeowner or a contractor. We also work with customers who want to go even more extravagant, and install a full-fledged outdoor fireplace.  While it may sound like the ultimate in luxury, there are solutions to make an outdoor fireplace more affordable. So which is right for you – a fire pit or a fireplace? fitrpit bench225  fireplace2 560 There are several things to consider before you get started. Your design will depend upon your goals: do you want a cozy place to gather with small groups or a setting that accommodates a larger party? Do you want the fire to be the center of attention in your outdoor space? What will you use your fireplace or fire pit for? If you are hoping to do some cooking, there are ways to build a fireplace so it can also serve as a barbecue or pizza oven, but these designs are usually complex and significantly more expensive. Another decision is whether you want to use wood or gas to fuel your fires.  A fire pit or wood-burning hearth offers the sights, sounds, and smells of a natural fire, but also produces smoke, so a chimney is required.  Obviously, you also need to supply the wood.  In addition, a wood-burning unit will likely require a permit from your local government, which will dictate setback restrictions and other design considerations, and necessitate an inspection once the construction is complete. With a gas fireplace, there is less maintenance, but you do need to arrange for the hearth to be safely connected to an existing gas line. Gas fireplaces do not normally need a construction permit. If you decide to go with a full-fledged fireplace, one way save some money is to construct it out of concrete block, then cover it with a veneer for a natural look.  EP Henry’s Cast Veneer Stone looks so natural that many people can’t tell the difference from the real thing, and it comes in a variety of natural stones, from Pennsylvania Field Stone and River Rock to Split Rock and Cut Stone. We’ve also developed beautiful brick colors and textures for a more traditional feeling. Our selection of firepits consists of varied shapes and sizes, designed to be the perfect addition and easy installation in your back yard. Click here to see some of the options on our website, or give us a call at 814-696-1920 and we will be happy to help you.