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Tim Wheeler Masonry Construction, Stone - Cast, Seattle, WA


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Outdoor Fireplaces Seattle

Stone Outdoor Fireplace
Adding an Outdoor Fireplace will allow you to add or extend your living space that you have in your home, a space that that can even be used in cold weather.  One of the favorite ways to extend that living space is to build your Outdoor Fireplace under a veranda or covered patio.   What ever you chose to call it a Outdoor Fireplace in a covered Outdoor space will make a delightful addition to your home.  Here in the Seattle area we get quite a bit of rainy weather and having a roof overhead will extend the amount of time that you can enjoy your Outdoor Space.  In fact this is one of my favorite times to enjoy my Outdoor Fireplace, as i hear the rain beat the roof with a melodic drumming that's just a little bit relaxing.  Who could resist spending time sitting there by a beautiful Outdoor Fireplace with the sent and warmth of the fire flickering on your face.  By adding some furniture and other accessories you can create the perfect outdoor living Space were you can entertain your family and friends, or maybe it can be just your special place to get away from it all.   There are many different material that you can build an Outdoor fireplace out of, as a Seattle Masonry contractor we have built quite a few Outdoor Fireplaces, from small brick Masonry units to larger stone masonry ones.  One thing is true about them all, an Outdoor Fireplace will define the boundaries of your outdoor living space,

 

Outdoor Fireplaces are typically built out of brick or stone masonry, the reason for this is that hold up and withstand the elements quite well.  They can either be built with a solid core of concrete block and then veneered over with brick or stone, or they can be built with individual field stones, this will take the skill of a qualified stone mason and is by far the most weather resistant way to build a beautiful stone masonry Outdoor Fireplace.  Sometimes a Outdoor Fireplace will define a larger landscaping scheme, it may be tied in to a stone garden wall or on the side of a beautiful pool of water.  The garden wall may dampen the wind or just flow through the garden as it divides one area from another.  The elements of fire, air, water, and stone are a natural palette that a stone mason can work with to create a harmonious living natural Outdoor space with boundless windows.  However you decide to build or design your Outdoor Fireplace it can bring back a primal connection to our shared ancestral beginnings, that cast a light of warmth and protection to our hearts.

Choosing the right place to build your Outdoor Fireplace  can take some special consideration, you will want to locate your Outdoor fireplace safely away from overhanging tree limbs, roof eaves , and power lines.   It's best to be at least 25 feet away from any branches so that the heat from the Outdoor fireplace won't damage them.  You can't control the weather but its a good idea to face the  fireplace in the direction of the prevailing wind, this will help send the smoke up and out the top of your Outdoor fireplace and away from you.   There are a few good rule that will help to make your Outdoor Fireplace pleasant experience, a tall chimney will draw better then a short one, and placing a wind vain on top of the fireplace will help prevent down drafts, and last but not least your chimney flue must be at least 15% of the size of the firebox opening.  If you are using gas to burn in your Outdoor Fireplace you can power it with either natural gas piped in from your house, or from a nearby propane tank.   A Outdoor Fireplace powered by natural gas or propane can be enjoyed year round just like a wood burning fireplace.   The only difference is that if you are not going to be using the Outdoor gas fireplace it would be best to turn off the gas from the source for the season just like you do when you put away the gas grill.  If a Outdoor Fireplace is in your future please take a moment and view our beautiful gallery of pictures, you can click on any one of them for a close up view and see the workmanship in them.   Who can resist a beautiful Outdoor Fireplace?

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