MAKE A HOUSE A HOME
A log burner for a patio
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.