Column: Igniting passion for fire features


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

I know the thermometer still reaches the 80s on a regular basis, but isn’t it time for pumpkin spice everything?

As fall arrives, we will all be trying to squeeze out as much use of our outdoor spaces as possible. One way to enjoy more time outdoors is to incorporate a fire feature. Fire features come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit most everyone’s needs. A fire feature can be as simple as a circular arrangement of boulders. They also can be more elaborate, double-sided fireplaces complete with a chimney.

The fire feature illustrated here represents a hybrid design that is located adjacent to a pergola and is constructed of natural stone. The walls of the structure are capped with natural limestone. The back wall of the fire feature is raised to encourage some of the heat from the fire to be reflected back toward the seating area beneath the pergola.

Fire features can burn natural gas, wood, or both.

Can’t you just imagine curling up next to your new fire feature with a good book and a cup of your favorite pumpkin spice-flavored beverage?

Stay home, be moved.


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