Portable fireplaces and firepits are a growing trend in many areas. They allow homeowners to ensure the benefits of a glowing fire right from their homes. A portable fireplace model is easier to take with you whether you are camping or just want to store it when it’s not in use. Selected properly, portable fireplaces are easy to build, create an effective fire, and are safe. They also need to meet any regulations in your community!
What to Consider Before Buying
Before purchasing a portable fireplace, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Know your local laws. Many towns and cities have strict restrictions on outdoor fires of all types. It’s common for cities to require fireplaces that are contained, though many also limit locations. It’s never advisable to place them on covered porches or too close to trees.
- Know your fuel options. There are various types of fuel used for portable fireplaces, including natural gas, gel, and propane. Wood is a simpler option, especially when it comes to safety, but requires keeping a stack of it close at hand.
- Safety matters. Always follow all instructions from the manufacturer when it comes to choosing a fireplace or firepit. Children should not be allowed close without adult supervision. Make sure you consider proper fuel storage, especially in colder weather, and never bring these inside your home to use.
- Weight can play a role. A portable fire table or fireplace may be quite heavy. Some are not designed to be moved from place to place numerous times. Others are quite lightweight and perfect for the back of the camper.
- Decorative and functional? If you plan to use the fireplace on a regular basis, you want something that is more durable and able to handle being lugged around quite a bit. On the other hand, if it is something more decorative for your backyard, you may want something that’s a specific style instead.
Take the time to source out any rules and regulations in your area. These are generally listed on the city’s website, or you may be able to call the city or community to get more information.
What Type of Portable Fireplace Is Best for You?
Once you know what’s allowed and the type of fuel you plan to use, the next step is to consider the types and styles available. Each one is going to provide you with a different setup, but it’s wise to consider a few based on the location you plan to place it in. Here are a few examples.
- Firebowl style: A product like the Outland Firebowl may be a good option for those who want something that is weather-resistant and durable. It uses propane, which means there’s no ash nor any need to store wood. Depending on the model selected, it can produce up to 58,000 BTUs of power in this metal, bowl-shaped firepit.
- Fire table: Another option, like those from Outland Living, is a gas fire table. A fire table is typically a box-shaped fire pit that features a surface around the centre flames. It’s not always safe to use them as a table, but these are designed to provide a more formal, beautiful look. Some are sold with glass rocks which can offer a decorative feel.
- Stove-style firepits: If you want more of a stove-like design, check out the Solo options. These are metal cylinders that allow for the fire to shoot up from the centre of the top. They are strong and durable, and often don’t create that campfire smell.
- Stone base fire pits: Check out the Sun Joe cast stone base fire pits for another option. This style typically has one that’s shaped into a round circle with a cast-iron centre. For those who want a traditional fire pit with wood burning, this may be a good option. It’s heavier and a bit harder to move, but still an option for those who want a stand-alone solution in their backyard.
- Grated fire pits: The Bali Outdoors wood-burning fire pits are some of the best when it comes to having grates that you can cook from. These types of fire pits allow you to burn wood safely while having grates mounted above the fire. That lets you roast food. If you want a fire pit for cooking food, be sure to choose one that’s specifically designed just for that.
- Pop-up style: A pop-up style of fire pit, like those from Campfire Defender, allow you to literally pop it up much like you would a camp chair. These fold down easily as well. For those looking for something to take with them camping and a truly portable option, this can work well.
Find The Info You Need
Before diving in to purchase a portable fireplace, check with the team at Wayfarer Insurance Group for more information. Be sure your policy protects your investments.