Outdoor Gas Fireplaces are increasingly becoming a must-have in Melbourne homes.
Not only do they create added value to your home, but they are the perfect way to utilise your outdoor living space throughout the year.
Whether you’re looking to be able to entertain outside all year round or end your nights in front of the fire with a hot chocolate, an outdoor gas fireplace is a perfect addition to your home.
Things to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Fireplace
With a range of options to choose from, deciding on what outdoor fireplace will be best suited for your home can be confusing.
Some things to consider for your outdoor fireplace include:
- Purpose – what do you want to use it for?
- Location and size – where will you put it and how much space will you need?
- Structures – will you need any existing or new structures to support the fireplace?
- Safety – do you need to do anything else to make sure it is safe?
You will need to consider what you want to use your fireplace for. Some outdoor fireplaces are best-suited for cooking, while others are better for outdoor entertaining and keeping you warm on a cold, winter night.
Your choice of fireplace may be limited due to the size of your backyard and proximity to other structures, including your home, sheds, or plants. We would recommend checking with your local council to make sure you will be able to install and use the fireplace you buy.
Unlike indoor fireplaces, you may not have a structure in place to install a fireplace. A foundation or supporting structure may need to be laid or built.
As with an indoor fireplace, make sure you understand any safety requirements.
If you have any questions on these considerations, we’re here to help.
Benefits of an Outdoor Gas Fireplace
The benefits of an outdoor gas fireplace are endless. Some of the main benefits, as opposed to other outdoor fire options, are:
- You can turn it on and off with a flick of a switch, which makes the igniting and cleaning process easy.
- Gas fireplaces don’t have a post-fire smell.
- The flames don’t produce a spark or produce hot embers, so it is the perfect option for families.
- Gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel.
Process of Installing An Outdoor Fireplace
To install an outdoor fireplace:
- Contact your local council
- Plan your fireplace design – a consultant can help you with this
- Purchase your fireplace
- Contact a professional fireplace installer
- Build any required foundations and/or supporting structures
- Install your outdoor fireplace
In line with the considerations, we recommend that you contact your local council as a first step. Check to see if there are any rules or regulations that you need to be aware of.
Your council will want to know whether your outdoor fireplace will bother your neighbours, how close it is to surrounding elements (plants and/or property) and what fuel is going to be used.
When you are planning your design to select your outdoor fireplace, professionals can assist you in choosing a model that suits your needs and home. Our team are experienced in guiding Melbourne customers through this process and can help you with all your questions relating to style, trends and installation. Please contact us for more information on our design and consultation process.
Once you have selected and purchased your fireplace, you need to arrange for installation. Particularly for a gas fireplace, you want to contact a specialist. They will then oversee the process of ensuring foundations and supporting structures are in place, through to the final installation.
Best Outdoor Gas Fireplaces
The Escea EF5000 is one of the best outdoor gas fireplaces on the market.
Not only does the Escea EF5000 have a maximum heat output of 16.5kW, so you can stay warm throughout winter, but it can be turned on/off with the flick of a switch.
As the EF5000 is open-fronted, you will not need a flue (lining of a masonry chimney), which makes it extremely easy to install. It also has a zero-clearance rating, so the fireplace can be installed easily into a number of materials.
If you’re lacking an existing structure or wall in which it can be installed, we can arrange an assembled steel frame and all the required fastenings.
It is also customisable to suit your home’s design. So whether you prefer your outdoor fireplace to be frameless or if you like the look of a traditional log set (but still want the convenience of gas), there’s an option to suit your individual taste.
Gas Fireplace Installers in Melbourne
At Just Gas Log Fires, we have more than 20 years of fireplace installation experience. Partnered with Stoke Fireplace Studio, we can assist you with the design, planning and installation process.