Take Indoor Comfort Outdoors This Winter
The design of the home, the available space and the needs of the people who live there will all influence the decision to have an open fireplace.
‘There may be council regulations and neighbours to consider. A small urban backyard may not be the best location and overhanging trees, fire bans, young families and body corporate issues all need to be taken into consideration,’ says Dean.
If a fireplace is out of the question, there are plenty of other heating options on the market.
Chimineas are a very popular alternative. Decorative and portable, a chiminea is a small fireplace shaped like a lightbulb, with the tall top acting as a chimney.
Often made from terracotta, they burn wood effectively and the design makes them ideal for small areas as they don’t take up much room.
Chimineas do get very hot to touch, so this option is not ideal if you have young children or pets.
Fire pits and braziers are portable and constructed from steel.
Designed to contain small fires both offer the enjoyment of real flames without the elaborate set-up or maintenance.
High-end fire pits can be gas powered but most are wood burning, featuring lids to contain ash and limit the danger of open flames.
Braziers are fuelled with briquettes.
They are small, making them easy to store, but you need to be standing close to feel the heat.
Radiant heaters are cost effective and, depending on the model and air temperature, can heat an area with a radius of up to five metres.
Some models can be connected to the home gas supply and there are electric versions, too.
This type of heater does not function well in windy conditions and needs to be in a large space for safety reasons.
Small electric units can be wall mounted, improving safety, but heat radiance is limited.