What is a Ready to Finish Fireplace?

September 15, 2020

With people spending more time at home this year, the outdoor room is getting a lot of much-needed love and attention as homeowners look to revamp their outdoor living area. Read on to learn why a fireplace from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company® (OGC) makes for the perfect contemporary backdrop in your backyard space:

40" Ready-To-Finish Fireplace

What is an OGC ready-to-finish fireplace?

If you go the route of using liquid propane or natural gas when creating the perfect fire feature in your outdoor room, one option to look into is an outdoor fireplace. Instead of having your flame be the centerpiece of your outdoor living room, an outdoor gas fireplace serves as a wall, backdrop, and unique viewing area for all of your friends and family to gather around.

Outdoor fireplaces made by the OGC are created using a process designed to best fit the needs and landscape of your backyard or commercial outdoor sitting area. In order to withstand harsh temperatures and cold winters, each ready-to-finish (RTF) fireplace is put together using durable materials of G90 marine-grade galvanized steel framing and Hardiboard® cement. A beautiful, industry-leading Crystal Fire® Plus burner fits in the center of the fireplace frame to provide a fuller, more robust flame for warmth and visual appeal. The ability to simply place the same burner used in our popular gas fire tables into our ready-to-finish fireplace structures allow us to develop a consistent, flawless design each time a new fireplace is created.

RTF Fireplace: see-through vs. single-sided

Single-sided vs. See-Through: What’s the difference?

Another unique factor in going with an OGC fireplace is the option between a single-sided or see-through fireplace. The difference of these two features ultimately depends on the needs and landscape of your backyard. If your patio or deck gives you an undesirable view of your neighbor’s property, or you would like a little more privacy just in general, a single-sided fireplace is the right fit for you. Besides offering an ambient collection of flames for friends and family to gather around, a single-sided fireplace can serve as a privacy wall between you and your neighbor. Using a single-sided fireplace is also a creative way to create more of an enclosure as your build the walls of your outdoor room.

60" Ready To Finish Fireplace

On the contrary, a see-through ready-to-finish fireplace is the perfect option for someone looking to accent an already beautiful view. The benefit of a see-through fireplace is the frame it creates as you look through the view of your backyard landscape. Being able to observe what’s going on through the warm flames of a RTF fireplace is crucial when looking at the lake, country horizon, or grandkids playing in the lawn is what gets you outside in the first place.

Customer photo of ready-to-finish fireplace

The Finishing Touches

After you’ve made your decision on what fireplace will be best for your outdoor room, the final step is choosing the size and materials that will be incorporated into your see-through or single-sided fireplace. The wide variety of sizes available, ranging from 40-120 inches in length, allow for you to fill the needs of your backyard living area. Any kind of stone, brick, or non-combustible material can be used to finish the exterior of your one-of-a-kind fireplace. RTF fireplaces are made to be finished on-site to match your landscaping, hardscaping, or exterior design, making it the ultimate do-it-yourself experience.

As you begin mapping out your dream backyard, consider the many benefits of a ready to finish fireplace made by the OGC. From the unique creation process to our Crystal Fire® Plus burner technology, you can be assured that our line of Made in the USA fireplaces are made to last for every heartwarming memory you hope to create. Contact us to get started on your dream fire feature.

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