Not all that long ago, having an outdoor fireplace of any type in Denver, or anywhere else along the Front Range was exceedingly rare. Such backyard entertaining features were either the domain of do it yourself masons or they were the commissioned works of the wealthy, since it takes a lot of time and expertise to lay bricks or stone in an outdoor setting to burn wood and vent the smoke far above the people sitting around the fire. Even for a skilled craftsman, the project could take weeks from design to the first use of the fireplace.
Now companies like Boral and Belgard have removed a lot of the labor from creating spectacular outdoor fireplaces with stone veneer product lines. In Denver, with opening burning sometimes prohibited for fear of sparking wildfires, gas fireplace technology has changed everything.
Whether your client wants a rugged Western themed look with irregular rock patterns, or a brick Spanish Colonial style outdoor fireplace, with stone veneer prefabricated units for use as an outdoor fireplace surround and chimney exhaust for a compatible gas fireplace unit, almost anything is possible.
Whether fueled from a direct gas line or a hidden propane tank set up located nearby, there is now a stone veneer outdoor fireplace for any Denver home with the back patio space to accommodate one. From a standalone fire pit to one with full hearth extensions and incorporated stone bench seating nearby, there is an outdoor fireplace set up that can fit almost any budget.
With a gas operated stone veneer outdoor fireplace, anyone in Denver can enjoy a backyard fire anytime of year without worrying about a citation from the fire department or enduring complaints from neighbors about smoke wafting across their properties. Gas fireplaces have come a long ways from their humble beginnings to looking more and more like a wood fire, but without the hassles that burning wood brings.
Wood Burning Is Still an Option
For some home owners the near verisimilitude of a natural gas or propane fireplace is not close enough to a wood burning outdoor fireplace. Fortunately, many of the outdoor fireplace stone veneer products that can be used in Denver are adaptable to wood burning applications,or like Boral’s FireRock, specifically engineered for it. If you have a client who insists on the timeless appeal of an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, there are still options if local codes allow for such installations.
For more information about the product lines to create an amazing outdoor fireplace, don’t hesitate to contact us, or stop by our Denver or Fort Collins design pavilion.