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Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Spring is here and with it comes sunshine and warm weather. This means that homeowners everywhere have the opportunity to host outdoor events and parties, bringing enjoyment to their friends, family, and neighbors. If this sounds like a great way to spend your spring and summer, you should consider investing in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

There are two main options when making a purchase of this nature. These are wood-burning and gas-fueled. Both are great choices for outdoor fun and both have different benefits. Knowing the difference between the two is important in finding the best product for your specific needs. Find more information below.

Wood-Burning

Wood-burning options are great for maintaining a classic look and feel in your backyard space. They are generally less expensive to install and the fuel source is renewable, making it a cheaper option across the board. If you have a lot of access to wood and are willing to put in maintenance, as far extra clean-up and upkeep, then this is the better option for you. Your friends and family will love the authentic atmosphere and you will gain a genuine outdoor experience for any guests you invite over.Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney & Venting Service

Gas-Fueled

With gas-fueled varieties, you have less overall smoke and clean-up is made much easier. They are also much easier to light, as no wood or kindling is required. You simply flip a switch and you have fire. Although they are more expensive to install and maintain, many feel that this is worth it for the added convenience. There is also more installation required, as gas lines are needed in order for it to function.

Which One Is Right For Me?

Knowing which option is best for you will be based on what you need to use the fire pit for. When it comes right down to it, gas options are much easier to maintain. If you want to be able to come home and enjoy your fire pit right away, without adding extra work to your day, then go with a gas option.

Then again, if you love the outdoor experience and have easy access to firewood, then a wood-burning option may be best for you. They are much cheaper to build initially and the ambiance they offer cannot be beat. Many view the maintenance involved as a fun hobby and, if you have the time to commit to it, this will be a great investment for your home.

Whichever option you decide on, you can rest assured that you are making a great choice. You will add a fun way to spice up your backyard and entertain guests. At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have the tools and expertise needed to set up you right. Give us a call today!

Building A Top-Down Burn Fire

Finding the most effective methods in fire-building can be a challenge. There are a variety of opinions as to what techniques ensure the most efficient results. Lighting a quick fire that lasts a long time and produces little smoke is the goal most strive for, but obtaining these fires on a consistent basis takes time and practice.Burning a top-down burn fire - Lake Norman NC - SirVent Chimney and Venting Service

A suggested method is the top-down strategy. This technique is said to produce a fire easily with less smoke than you might normally expect. Follow these steps if the top-down method is one you want to try when building your next fire.

  1. Place your biggest pieces of wood down first. Arrange them so that the ends are at the front and back of the stove or fireplace, allowing the air flow to interact in a more efficient manner with the fuel.
  2. Add layers to your wood pile, making each level smaller as you go up. The higher it goes, the smaller the pieces of wood should get. You will want to have right around 5 or 6 layers in total by the time you finish stacking the wood.
  3. Once the wood is stacked, start placing the kindling on top. As with the wood layers, start with the bigger pieces of kindling first, then work your way to the smaller pieces as you near the top of your pile. If you are using a fireplace, make sure that your pile does not extend above the opening of the fireplace.
  4. When this process is complete, simply light the small shavings on the top of your kindling and let the fire work its way down. No more work should be needed and you will be left with an efficient and clean fire to enjoy.Now that you know how to build a top-down fire, you may be wondering why this method works more efficiently. It mostly has to do with allowing your fire to use less energy as it burns through the wood pile. When you start a fire at the bottom, the gases need to work their way through the entire wood pile and end up wasting a lot of energy and heat in the process. This is what causes your fire to smoke.

    Burning from the top down allows things to heat up more slowly and in a more orderly fashion. This allows the surrounding oxygen to intervene in a more efficient manner and causes your fire to burn more naturally, rather than force its way through the wood pile, as it does in the bottom-up process.

    Above all, be sure to be safe when lighting fires. As months grow colder, fires become a more frequent part of people’s lives and they must always be addressed with caution. Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of your friends and family. SirVent Chimney and Venting Service has the tools and advice you need to get your fireplace ready. Give us a call today!