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Outdoor Fireplace Frequently Asked Questions

Chicago families have been kept warm for years by the unique outdoor fireplaces and fire pits from All Seasons, whether they burn wood or natural gas. As the fire heats and the flames dance, relax, put your feet up, grab your favorite beverage, and take in the evening. The design experts at All Seasons can help you create the ideal location where everyone likes to congregate, whether it’s small and private or open with room for all of your family and friends.

Read through our most frequently asked questions about installing an outdoor fireplace or firepit in your backyard. When you’re ready to get started, contact our team to schedule a consultation.

How much does it cost to install an outdoor fireplace?

Your investment in an outdoor fireplace will depend on the type of fireplace you desire because they come in all different forms and sizes. Size, design, materials, and fuel source are factors that determine the price (wood, gas, or propane).

The average cost is $3,000 nationwide, with a normal range of $1,500 to $20,000. The easiest way to get a better sense of what installing your fireplace would cost is to discuss your ideas with our expert team. When we get a better idea of your desired size, materials, and other features, we can provide you with a free estimate.

Do I need a permit to build my outdoor fireplace?

To find out if outdoor fireplaces are permitted in your area and what steps must be followed to build or install one, check the regulations and ordinances in your area and neighborhood. Installing often doesn’t require a permit, but always double-check.

What’s the difference between an outdoor fireplace and a fire pit?

Typically, fire pits are elevated off the ground so that everyone can see the flames, producing the atmosphere of a campfire. There are fire pits that burn wood, natural gas, and propane. Different fuel types are also available for outdoor fireplaces, but they offer a far more impressive display. An outdoor electric fireplace can be a fantastic choice for you if you don’t have a gas connection easily available. Please make sure it is an outdoor-rated electric fireplace.

How far away from my home should I install my fireplace?

According to general fire safety recommendations, you should set your outdoor fireplace 10 to 25 feet away from your house and any other buildings, including a fence. When installing an outdoor fireplace, make sure you deal with a certified and experienced contractor because building laws differ from county to county.

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Which is better, gas or wood?

The choice between a gas outdoor fireplace and a wood outdoor fireplace comes down to personal opinion, as both are viable options.

The preferable choice is a gas-powered outdoor fireplace if you want a quick, dependable, clean fire. A wood outdoor fireplace is preferable, though, if you want the pops and crackles, aroma, and general atmosphere of a typical wood fire.

Will an outdoor fireplace increase my home’s resale value?

Your home’s outside living area will be improved with an outdoor fireplace, increasing its attractiveness to potential purchasers. An outdoor fireplace could have a significant impact on that, making it one of the finest outdoor additions to add value. Studies have shown that increasing outdoor features and keeping them well-maintained can increase a home’s value by up to 20%. Of course, the biggest value is the enjoyment you get spending time with friends and family in your new cozy outdoor living space.

How big should my fireplace be?

You can have an outdoor fireplace in any size you choose. A smaller fireplace is often better for setting the mood, whilst a bigger fireplace may act as a focal point or even as a foundation for an outdoor living space.

An outdoor fireplace’s typical size might be anywhere from 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep to 15 feet wide and 4 feet deep. When it comes to planning your outdoor fireplace, bigger isn’t necessarily better. It’s crucial to size your fireplace correctly so that it corresponds to the ideal dimensions for your particular property.

How tall should I make my fireplace?

An outdoor fireplace’s total height comprises the chimney as well as the fireplace base construction, which houses the firebox. Chimneys must adhere to specific rules in the state of Illinois. We will take care of making sure your home is up to code, so you don’t have to worry about occurring fines or rebuilding your outdoor fireplace.

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Do I need to place my fireplace away from fences?

Yes. For safety reasons, you should set your outdoor fireplace at least 10 feet from your fence. Additionally, it needs to be that far away from other landscape features and possibly combustible items.

What material should I consider for my fire pit?

Fire pits made of steel or cast iron are both sturdy and beautiful additions to your outdoor living area. Your aesthetic preferences and financial constraints will determine which is preferable.

Fire pits made of cast iron are reliable. Compared to steel fire pits, they heat up rapidly and hold the heat for a longer time. Although they don’t rust easily, moisture will cause them to discolor. Cast iron fire pits are more expensive than steel fire pits and are also considerably heavier. On the other hand, steel fire pits are portable and weatherproof. They are reasonably priced and require very little upkeep.

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Call All Seasons Pools & Spas today to schedule your consultation. We work with high-quality and affordable materials to help you transform your outdoor living space into your own personal getaway.

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