Entertaining With an Electric Fireplace Outdoors

Swimming pool with seating area in outdoors room

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing like an outdoor party or barbecue to keep the good times rolling.
A popular growing trend among folks who enjoy outdoor entertaining is having a beautiful outdoor electric fireplace for both ambience and to take the chill off cool evenings.

The right look for your outdoor area
From cookouts to celebrations and everything in between, outdoor gatherings are enhanced by décor.  And a handsome electric fireplace can make a big difference in this respect.  Some people think of electric fireplaces as glorified space heaters.  Nothing could be further from the truth.
Modern technology has advanced to the point that it’s often hard to tell the difference between an electric fireplace and one powered by gas or wood.  These appliances come in a variety of lovely finishes and design styles, with a warm replica of a glowing fire that soothes and lifts the mood.
Installation is easy
Because there are no venting issues and no surrounding structures to modify, electric fireplaces are the easiest outdoor heating units to install.  As long as there’s access to electricity, you can quickly be up and running with a new electric fireplace.
Safety and the environment
Any time you operate an appliance that produces an actual flame, safety is a concern.  Wood fireplaces create smoke and toxins that can be ignited.  Gas fireplace aren’t immune from their share of safety issues.  But with electric fireplaces, there’s no flame to worry about, and no smoke means it’s not destructive to the environment.
Most fireplace types – especially wood – require a fair amount of maintenance.  Ashes need to be disposed of, fireboxes need to be swept out and cleaned, chimneys require regular inspection and maintenance.  An electric fireplace is a zero-maintenance appliance.  Outdoor models run clean and efficiently with next to no homeowner involvement.
Standard electric fireplaces come in a wide range of sizes with varying levels of performance.  Elegant electric fire pits are also available, when you prefer to have a classy central space around which company can gather.  Fireplaces can be stand-alone or installed along a wall of the house.  Some models are two-sided, meaning the fireplace can be enjoyed both outdoors and indoors at the same time.  With a full selection of stone surrounds, hearth designs and mantels, you’ll be able to create a truly customized look to your backyard living space.
Ease of use

Glowing warm fireplace with fake logs and glowing coals

One of the features many homeowners love most about electric fireplaces is how easy they are to operate.  A simple switch brings an almost instant glow and heat.  Most manufacturers include remote devices so you can operate the unit from anywhere.  When the party’s over, simply turn off the fireplace, and it’s safe and ready for next time.
Shopping for the best indoor and outdoor heating appliances is easy at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto.  In our showroom located at 3322 Dundas Street West, you can see a huge variety of units and talk with our knowledgeable staff to help you select the perfect stove or fireplace for your specific needs.  Stop in and see us, or reach us by phone at (416) 762-4582.