MAKE A HOUSE A HOME

A log burner for a pa­tio

Country Homes & Interiors - - CONTENTS -

A REAL CROWD PLEASER WHAT­EVER THE SEA­SON, BUT EVEN MORE SO IN SUM­MER WHEN THE EVENINGS ARE THAT BIT LONGER, A BURNER OR BRAZIER HAS BE­COME A POP­U­LAR AD­DI­TION TO MANY A COUN­TRY PA­TIO. USED FOR COOK­ING, HEATING OR SIM­PLY GATH­ER­ING AROUND, THESE EX­TE­RIOR GRATES MAKE OUT­DOOR LIV­ING ALL THE MORE HEART WARM­ING.

what’s the story? The prac­tice of sit­ting around a fire is as old as time, and the sim­ple form of bra­ziers dates back to an­cient cul­tures. A ba­sic con­tainer for solid fuel, ini­tial de­signs were sim­ple box styles with culi­nary, warm­ing or even rit­ual uses. Some were even styled into low ta­bles to warm win­ter wear and blan­kets. Coal and wood were both com­monly burnt with the oc­ca­sional ad­di­tion of laven­der, rose­mary or cit­rus peel.

which style to choose If heat source is the pri­or­ity, a tra­di­tional log burner is hard to beat be­ing both prac­ti­cal to use and vis­ually pleas­ing with doors to watch the flick­er­ing flames. If you go for a brazier, try a hang­ing dish and frame style. Some de­signs come with spark cov­ers that in­crease their safety, which are a pop­u­lar choice for fam­i­lies. As a gen­eral rule, the heav­ier the brazier, the more sta­ble it will be when lit.

style It up Place the burner in a shel­tered area to avoid the smoke blow­ing too much. Pro­vide lots of comfy chairs, rugs and blan­kets to make sit­ting around the fire a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and keep a sup­ply of dry wood, coal or smoke­free fuel op­tions and fire-mak­ing tools nearby to keep the fire go­ing. Then bring out some easy-to-pre­pare food to en­joy a ca­sual cook-out.

Rusty out­door wood­burner, £425, Cox & Cox. Aca­cia macramé chair, £295, French Con­nec­tion. Braided pouf, £120, Amara. scarf, £145, Abi­gail Bury.

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