If you have decided to remodel your patio or back yard you may be interested in adding an outdoor fireplace. Not only do they add value to your home but they also help extend the living space of your home. It's easy to see why they have become so popular as they give that space added functionality and a cozy, ambient feel. They create a great atmosphere for either a quiet relaxing evening, or for entertaining friends and family.

But before you design your perfect patio, complete with the specific outdoor fireplace you want, you need to check the regulations in your area. Many areas have specific restrictions, for example wood burning restrictions. It's important to know what you can and can't have before you get too excited and attached to anything.

Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces

Outdoor wood burning fireplaces provide that rustic feel of a real fire. Those who love campfires will likely prefer fireplaces that burn wood. With this type you get the crackling and popping as well as the smell of a real fire.

You can also burn different types of wood to get different smells, or added flavor to your food if you choose to cook over your outdoor fireplace. Certain types of wood are better at repelling mosquitoes than others, but in general the smoke of a wood burning fire will help detract bugs. This is an especially nice benefit in areas that have a lot of mosquitoes and other pests.

You can have an outdoor woodburning fireplace that is a solid, fixed structure or you can have one that's portable or semi-portable if you go for more of a fire pit design, or a chiminea. Part of this may depend on your budget, but either way you will have lots of options available.

Outdoor Gas Fireplaces

The other popular fuel for an outdoor fireplace is gas. Gas outdoor fireplaces come in either propane or natural gas. The one you choose will depend on your preferences and your existing set up. If you don't already have a natural gas line running to your home it will make this option a bit more difficult.

Gas outdoor fireplaces burn cleaner than those that burn wood and they don't produce the smoke that may bother some guests or neighbors. They are also a good option in areas that have wood burning restrictions.

Many like the convenience of them as they are much easier to light and "turn off" at the end of the night. You don't need to worry about smoldering embers with this option.

Whether you choose an outdoor gas fireplace or a wood burning fireplace you are sure to enjoy many cozy evenings in your upgraded patio.