Choosing a location for an outdoor fireplace requires more than simply picking out a random area in your backyard. There are some important considerations that must go into the process that some homeowners overlook. You don't want to make this mistake. Plan ahead and learn about some of the factors that should go into your decision.
An outdoor fireplace should be enjoyable, but more than anything else, it should be safe for everyone to use and should not create any fire hazards. Installing a fireplace near a fence, close to your home's exterior wall, or even a kids' play area is a bad idea. These locations come with an increased risk of a fire spreading or someone getting hurt. Look at your backyard and select a space that doesn't pose any risks that you can't rectify.
2. Site Preparation
Look for an area in the yard that will require the least steps in terms of site preparation. For instance, if there is one corner of the lawn that has several large trees, you probably don't want to install the fireplace there given the level of site preparation involved with removing the trees. Areas that are on a slope or that have issues with runoff or pooling water during heavy rain are equally less attractive.
3. Wind Direction
Be mindful of the direction of the wind through your yard. If you skip this process, you will spend more time relighting your fire than you will actually enjoying it. If you install the fireplace in the path of the wind, not only will you have a hard time maintaining a flame, but it's easy for an ember from the fire to be blown out of the fireplace. An airborne ember can easily attach onto another surface and cause a fire. The fireplace should be installed opposite the direction of the wind.
Your local climate is also important because it will determine how often you are able to enjoy the fireplace. If you live in a climate with average or below-average rainfall, you can install the fireplace in any spot of the yard that makes sense. For rainy areas, install the fireplace closer to your home, so that you can build a cover for the area that connects to your home. This type of installation will help ensure you can use the fireplace more often without worrying about the weather.
If you partner with a professional installation company, you don't have to worry about overlooking these and other important factors. Professional installers know everything that is necessary to make sure your outdoor fireplace installation is a success.