outdoor kitchen

One of the things I love about summer is the time we spend using the outside of our property. For Ken and I, our yard and gardens are our sanctuaries where we enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee every morning and evening dinners with our family. Balanced with what nature provided for us out here on Long Island’s gorgeous North Shore, adding water and fire elements have truly enhanced our outdoor living environment. Because these elements have brought us such joy, we encourage our clients to add certain features to their outdoor kitchens, patios, and gardens.

Fire elements are easy to add, and if you don’t want to install a full-blown chimney, there are some free-standing units on the market that do not require utilities or connections to run…making them truly portable. I have written before about my favorite tabletop fire pits, but here are a few more beauties I found while searching items for a current outdoor kitchen client (photos coming soon).

These outdoor fireplaces from EcoSmart Fire will mesmerize you. The live-shot thumbnails above are a sampling from their website gallery. These units are clean, simple to turn on and off and create a unique focal point. These units are fueled by bioethanol, a renewable energy source and are made with weather resistant materials. Here are my favorites (click links for purchase info):

Stix Outdoor Bioethanol Fireplace: Winner of three design awards – comes in black steel, brushed stainless steel, and gunmetal. These are great to bring on the beach for your bonfire.

Lantern Outdoor Bioethanol Fireplace: Decorated with an interesting abstract cut-out pattern that, when lit, is enhanced by the flame, creating a visually dramatic fireplace.

Bulb Outdoor Bioethanol: Organic-inspired design brought to life within a contemporary steel wire frame. This unit creates a clean dancing flame for over 8 hours!

Dish Outdoor Bioethanol Fireplace: Specifically designed to use on your balcony deck, patio, courtyard or pool pavers, Dish captures the warmth and ambiance of a campfire without dangerous sparks and messy soot. It comes in black, rust, or white. These look great in multiples as do the lantern models…place them on the corners of the patio or pool to enhance your evening atmosphere.

What’s in your backyard escape?

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