One of the hottest looks to hit outdoor fire feature design in recent years is linear. For those who love contemporary clean lines, the modern aesthetic of the long rectangular flame hits home. But even for the more traditional, the linear fire feature has a strong appeal. Here's why.
Open Flames Warm Evenings, Conversations
Nothing beats a built-in linear fire feature with an open flame. The look is modern and the ambiance, unequalled for romance and intimacy. Plus a linear built-in is easily and affordably accomplished, thanks to the wealth of options available from industry suppliers.
Most built-ins start with an enclosure. This is the fire feature "shell" that contains the linear insert. Enclosures can be built from scratch to any size using any non-combustible material. For added convenience and economy, unfinished enclosures - available from HPC dealers at 60" x 24" and larger - take the guesswork out of enclosure construction. Made of glass fiber reinforced concrete, they create a stable base that can then be covered with stone, brick, tile or stucco.
Linear Burner Inserts
The linear insert is the fully assembled burner, pan and gas control system. All HPC linear inserts – available with match lit, push button or remote flame control technologies -- are tested and UL-certified to meet stringent safety and performance standards.
New to the market: HPC's Interlink™ Linear Pan Insert
This recent innovation takes the linear look to new lengths, extending it to as much as 121" for unprecedented visual impact. It features a patent-pending stainless steel pan that comes in three sections on 37" and larger models. A T-burner with a raised hub design reduces the risk of water in the valve train, while staggered burner ports give the best flame pattern at low gas consumption.
Learn more about the Interlink Insert here.
Topping Off the Insert
The media you choose to cover the insert has a significant impact on both the overall look of the fire feature and how the flame behaves. In line with linear's modern look, many people choose decorative fire glass, which is available in many colors, shapes and sizes.
While more expensive, stand-alone outdoor linear fireplaces create a bold visual statement in the backyard that also serves as an elegant entertainment space for family and friends. In many cases, the fireplace units ship in several pieces that can be easily bolted together in the chosen outdoor space. Featuring gas logs or gas burners placed underneath fireplace glass, these stand-alone linear fireplaces come in various sizes and styles ranging from ultra modern to European classic. Some are available vent-free to allow placement under a lanai or other outdoor covered area.