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Fireplace Options That Add to Your Home Decor

(Indoor fireplace photo: Heat & Glo’s Twilight II indoor/outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplace photo: Montebello ST is a double-sided, direct-vent fireplace by Innovative Hearth Products)

April showers bring May flowers but there’s much more to entertain as we welcome the much anticipated Spring season. We are excited to finally be able to enjoy being outside as the temperature is starting to warm up and the daylight is starting to last longer through the evening. During this seasonal transition, a new see-through fireplace design might be just the added decor for your home.

In a recent article from buildwithpropane.com, this see-through fireplace was highlighted to show how you can boost your design options as a homeowner. Versatile indoor/outdoor propane fireplaces capitalize on the outdoor living trend while sealing out fluctuating weather conditions.

Homeowners who enjoy the flickering of propane flames on the outdoor patio as much as they do by the family room hearth can achieve both with just one fireplace.

See-through propane fireplaces installed on a home’s exterior wall have two fronts: one that looks into an indoor room and another that faces the great outdoors.

“People absolutely love them,” notes Harold Wagner, an installer and national sales manager of Internet retailer FireplacesNow.com. He worked with one homeowner who had hers installed mid-wall in the kitchen, like a window, so she could watch her children playing in the yard while she prepared dinner.

Unlike an indoor-only, see-though fireplace, which has two fixed glass doors — one each in two adjoining, temperature-controlled rooms — the indoor/outdoor version is exposed on one side to fluctuating weather, which could include heavy rain, extreme heat or cold, or high winds. Innovative Hearth Products (formerly Lennox Hearth Products) addressed those fluctuating conditions with an additional layer of ceramic glass — behind a sturdy tempered-glass panel — that is gasketed and tested for water and wind intrusion on the outdoor side of its Montebello fireplace. Homeowners have the option to tint the glass for privacy.

Don Kaufman, Innovative Hearth Products’ product manager for fireplaces, says he expected the indoor/outdoor fireplace to sell best in the Southwest, where homeowners enjoy warm weather — and can use their patios and outdoor kitchens — nearly year-round. But because the fireplace can be used indoors or out, even homeowners in cold climates are making the investment.

Kaufman predicts the market for indoor/outdoor fireplaces will grow as more homeowners opt for smaller houses.

“In smaller footprints, the outside space becomes a living space throughout much of the year,” he says, “so versatility in the use of that space becomes important. Here’s a device that lets you install a single fireplace that you can enjoy in two aspects.”

And as more homeowners build outdoor kitchens, he notes, more are adding outdoor fireplaces of all kinds.

Scribner agrees. “The beautiful thing about a fireplace like this is it allows [the homeowner] to take advantage of the outdoor living trend while it provides the fireplace for the indoors.”

For more ideas on how to include propane to enhance your backyard decor click here. You can count on AmeriGas propane for a variety of uses, including home heating, space heating, water heating, pool and spa heating, drying, cooking, grilling and motor fuel. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you with all of your propane needs.

 

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