With a few sweet weeks left in summer, now is the perfect time to make the most out of your outdoor fireplace. Just like their indoor equivalent, outdoor fireplaces require certain considerations in terms of installation and upkeep to ensure that they operate as safely as possible. Here are a few outdoor fireplace safety tips for the industry experts at Igne Ferro to help you have a safe and comfortable barbecue season this summer.
Safety Features to Consider
Before installing an outdoor fireplace, it’s important to consider different models to find the one that makes the most sense for your outdoor space. For instance, if you have a wooden deck or patio, consider a model with a lid or covering to ensure that flammable debris doesn’t spark on your deck. Easy and accessible fuel shut-offs are also a smart feature that give you increased control of your outdoor fireplace. Smoke vents and screens, and wrap-around grating are also great features for preventing fire hazards from your outdoor fireplace.
How to Use Your Outdoor Fireplace
Once you’ve decided on an outdoor fireplace model and had it professionally installed, you’re ready to start cooking! Here are some safety precautions to remember when firing up your outdoor fireplace:
- Don’t leave a burning fire unattended.
- Have a bucket of water or sand, a working hose, or fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
- Use smoke vents to direct smoke and embers upward, not outward.
- Load logs into firebox as needed to prevent overcrowding.
- Make sure your fireplace is clean and free of excess debris before you start your fire.
The professional designers and technicians at Igne Ferro are committed to providing our customers with some of the most innovative fireplace models available on the market today. Browse our online catalogue of outdoor fireplaces to find the size and model that makes that most sense for your home. For more information about our fireplace products and services, contact us today at Igne Ferro.