Planning to Build an Outdoor Fireplace with A Pizza Oven Out of Natural Stone? Here’s What You Need to Know! Has a client recently reached out to you for help with an outdoor fireplace or kitchen project? If so, and if your client is open to additional input and suggestions, you might want to suggest the possibility of incorporating an outdoor stone fireplace pizza oven combo into the design. This type of project has become increasingly popular for outdoor entertaining areas because it provides the functionality and style of an outdoor fireplace with the versatility to double as a pizza oven! Benefits of an Outdoor Pizza Oven An outdoor fireplace pizza oven that’s made of stone offers many advantages to both homeowners and business owners. For restaurant owners, being able to fire up personal pizzas for customers in a fun, outdoor patio setting is an offering that can drum up business. And for homeowners, the ability to maximize outdoor entertaining space is also a plus. Installing a natural stone pizza oven outdoors also makes it possible to bake delicious pizzas authentically without concerns about lingering food odors in one’s home. And of course, when you install a combination fire pit pizza oven, you’re able to provide your clients with a dual-purpose project that helps them maximize their outdoor entertaining budgets. When the pizza oven is not in use, the space can be used to create ambiance with a cozy fire. For both residential and commercial applications, an outdoor stone fireplace and pizza oven can add resale value to the property. Today’s buyers are prioritizing great outdoor entertaining spaces, and an outdoor fireplace that doubles as a pizza oven certainly makes for a unique selling feature. And of course, by offering design and installation services for a natural stone fireplace pizza oven, you can set yourself apart from your competition in the design world. It’s a win-win for everybody involved! Top Considerations for Building a Natural Stone Outdoor Pizza Oven If your client is interested in outdoor fireplace pizza ovens made of natural stone, he or she will be trusting you to handle the specifics and make sure the project is done correctly. With that in mind, there are a few considerations you won’t want to overlook as you begin the design process of an outdoor fireplace with pizza oven. Location, Location, Location One of the most important decisions you and your client will need to make is where to install the fireplace pizza oven combo. For restaurants and homes alike, it often makes the most sense from a budgeting standpoint to install nearest to the existing kitchen. After all, this is where gas lines and access to other utilities will be readily available and thus easier (and less expensive) to run to the outdoor space as needed. Of course, if you’re looking to install a wood-burning oven, this aspect won’t be as important. Regardless, if there’s an existing outdoor entertaining space, such as an outdoor kitchen or barbecue, it’ll probably be most sensible to install the fireplace or pizza oven in the same area for easy entertaining. Preparation and Storage Needs Wood-burning outdoor fireplaces with pizza ovens will need space for pizza prep and storage of wood. Often, it makes the most sense to incorporate a dry area either to the sides of the fireplace or underneath for wood storage, so your client never has to go far to retrieve more wood. For prep space, consider recommending an outdoor kitchen island with a durable countertop material, such as granite or sintered stone such as Dekton or Neolith. These heat-resistant materials will stand up to hot pizza stones and all the elements of the outdoors. Overall Style and Aesthetic When coming up with natural stone outdoor fireplace or pizza oven plans, don’t overlook the importance of a great aesthetic. You can help to make the new fireplace look like a natural extension of the building itself by incorporating some of the same building materials for the fireplace or oven surround, such as natural stone or even ThinStone™. Turn to Connecticut Stone with Your Exterior Stone Needs If you’re looking to use natural stone around your outdoor fireplace pizza oven combo to add some style and flare to your entertaining space, our team at Connecticut Stone is here to help. Contact us today to find out more about the stone we offer for this type of project or to schedule a visit to our stone yard.