Sep 11, 2007 10:51 am
Hi guys & gals, we are looking at putting in an open fireplace and water feature into our proposed Alfresco area. We have a iron box set up which was in the lounge room of our old place. I always wanted to have it outside but around 6 years ago when we renovated, it was not fashionable. Our council couldn't even provide us with regulations as they had not had a previous enquiry for a fireplace in an outdoor area!!!!
They suggested we put it in the middle of the back garden on the lawn!!!!!
So needless to day we didn't install it in that house, we have since moved and taken the fireplace with us. I want it in our new house but would be interested to know what others have done with their outdoor areas regarding fireplaces and water features.
Love to see photos if anyone wants to share their ideas or setups?
Also do you use them often OR are they just for show????
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Sep 11, 2007 11:03 am
I wouldn’t mind a Pizza Oven!!
A girlfriend has the water feature, it’s so loud its like sitting at Niagara Falls trying to have a conversation……don’t think I’ll bother with one of those!
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Sep 11, 2007 8:09 pm
I like the pizza oven idea. Just thinking where to put it, looking at putting it at the end of the of an open deck off the alfresco so it can be used in summer as well.
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Sep 12, 2007 12:57 am
A girlfriend has the water feature, it’s so loud its like sitting at Niagara Falls trying to have a conversation……
Water feature on the way.
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Sep 12, 2007 1:32 am
Would so love to build my own pizza oven in the alfresco... I think I mentioned that in my blog... I even have sites bookmarked for building your own in preperation. I would love a fireplace IN the house, but not allowed. As for water features, they aren't for me.... Anyways I am sure my kids would end up doing something incredibly stupid with it, so wouldn't tempt fate there.
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Sep 12, 2007 7:46 am
This is a picture (if I can remember how)of a fireplace that I built under my pergola.The recycled bricks were free and the timber I used to make the doors and mantlepiece were left over rubbish,so the price was pretty good.I also kept the old cast grate in my shed for years before putting it to use.Regards Terry.
Ps:I'll try later if it doesn't work.
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Sep 12, 2007 7:49 am
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Sep 12, 2007 7:53 am
I forget how to post pictures.Maybe later.
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Sep 12, 2007 8:52 am
I'd love an pizza oven - there is one in the tentitive plans for the back yard at the back of the alfresco area cause they do really really get hot and in summer I'd like to be able to still use it but without turning the outdoor area into a sauna! ....
I do like water features as well but I'm concerned as to how noisy they can be ... I think we'll get a lap pool instead and I'll call that our water feature
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Sep 12, 2007 9:49 am
When we eventually build I would love to have a fireplace in my alfresco - so then we can utilise the outdoors even in winter.
And I think there's something romantic about sitting round a fire outside...
After 2 false starts, a year living overseas, two more world trips and 3 years of uncertainty we are now starting the build process again - hopefully for real this time!
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Sep 12, 2007 10:05 am
As long as the flue went above the roof of the house I reckon you'd be alright.
I would be concerned about the wind blowing the fire all over the ground/paving or, heaven forbid, timber decking
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Sep 14, 2007 2:38 pm
www.aussieheatwave.com.au advertises the mexican chimneas with bbq/pizza oven attachments. had anyone used them? that's function with the looks I think and one can keep 'em accross the door too.
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Sep 16, 2007 10:52 am
Well, we don't have either, and no concrete plans for either.
I would like some sort of water feature - like a back-lit pane of glass with some water flowing over it, but then there's the water restrictions, the mainenance (chemicals, cleaning, etc) and is it worth the expense?
I don't think I'd bother with an outdoor fireplace - where do you store the wood? How often would you use it? Maybe a patio heater instead at some later stage.
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