Fire pits and more: Keeping warm while entertaining outdoors this year

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The fall is the perfect time for entertaining alfresco, so we've put together some of our favorite outdoor features for keeping warm. Here are a few options we like...

The fall is the perfect time for entertaining alfresco, so we’ve put together some of our favorite outdoor features for keeping warm. Here are a few options we like:


Fire pits

Fire pits are a gathering point for outdoor entertaining, and typically range in size from 3 feet to 6 feet. Cheaper versions are fueled by wood, like a campfire, but if you want something easy to use, you’ll want one with a natural gas line running to the unit. You’ll need to have a plumber install the line. While fire pits can be purchased at home improvement stores, there are incredible options available if you get something custom.


Chiminea

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Chimieas are a little easier to set up than fire pits. They provide a similar function, but the flames are contained in a little stove. You can find them at most home improvement stores.

Outdoor fireplaces

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Outdoor fireplaces provide a gorgeous focal point for your entertaining space and are designed much the same way as indoor fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces provide a more intimate social space, as seating typically faces the fire. Many designers put outdoor fireplaces near pools for a romantic lighting effect. Most commonly, outdoor fireplaces will be powered by gas logs so they’re easy to use and keep clean.

Fire channels

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Via Trendir


Fire channels are lines of fire used to visually partition a yard. They can be used as walls and are often paired with water features to add drama. The channels require natural gas plumbing and should and installed by professional landscapers. They’re elegant and unexpected.

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