Summer's 'Latest Flames'

New CA-Modern feature pegs ten outdoor fireplaces with varied designs, prices, fuel
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"Outdoor fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes," points out CA-Modern home improvement writer Adriene Biondo. Her new 'Latest Flames' feature explores ten varied designs, all of which fit quite comfortably in the mid-century modern backyard. Above: The 'Mod Box' from Living Source International.

Want to warm up those summer-in-place nights? Looking for a low-cost addition to your backyard comfort zone? Or perhaps you just need a safe method to conduct ritual burning of all 2020 calendars?

"For those who don't have a built-in outdoor fireplace as a centerpiece, a portable model could be an ideal option," observes CA-Modern magazine staff writer Adriene Biondo in her feature covering that topic for the Summer '20 issue, 'Latest Flames.'

Biondo is the Eichler-owning restoration consultant who spearheaded a successful campaign for Los Angeles to designate an 'Historic Preservation Overlay Zone' in Eichler's Balboa Highlands development in Granada Hills.

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'Space Age Chimney' from Modfire.
 

As she has done recently in CA-Modern with lamps, lampshades, houseplants, clocks, and wall art, Biondo surveys the field and zeroes in on ten fireplace models that look at home in a mid-century modern yard.

"Outdoor fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes," she concludes initially. Picking units that range in price from $1,750 to less than $300, she adds, "Most of the ten outdoor fire models we've selected offer lightweight portability, which makes them a great option since they can be readily packed and transported when you're heading out on a road trip, or going camping."

At the high end of that price range are models by a company whose name should speak to design-oriented homeowners: Modfire. The Phoenix-based firm is led by a pair of Hoosiers who have created a blend for its seven fireplace models, between desert modernism and what the company's website terms "Chicago urban loft style."

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'Astrofire' from Modfire.
 

"Although the company has grown in size and now has several products in production, and many more on their design board, it remains a very hands-on labor of love for both partners," the site continues about the company leadership. "Brandon [Williams] still touches every piece that emerges from the studio, and Marty [Young] is still directly involved in retailer, vendor, and customer interactions."