Town & Country Fireplaces in Denver—The TC36 Outdoor and River Cobble Stone Veneer Make for a Real Colorado Look
Denver is perfect for Town & Country Fireplace’s outdoor gem, the TC36 Outdoor. Though the sky is the limit on how you turn the TC36 fireplace into the focal point of your Denver outdoor entertaining, Fireplace Warehouse Etc., of Denver would like to make the case for river stone style stone veneer being among the best visual choices for the Town & Country Fireplaces we sell for outdoor use in Denver.
The TC36 Fireplace – A Marriage of Past and Present
River rock is abundant in Colorado. Go to any river or streambed in the state and you will see millions of them. River rock was the main building material for chimneys anywhere near water in Colorado’s frontier era.
However, hand assembling a real stone surround and a chimney, even for the minimum 24″ outdoor venting height requirement of the TC36 Outdoor, requires a skilled mason and a whole lot of rock that must be hand fit and mortared together like some sort of a jigsaw puzzle. If that sounds terribly expensive, it’s because it is.
What if you could get that timeless frontier look at a fraction of the cost of an actual skilled masonry project? That’s where manufactured masonry comes in. You’re probably familiar with the stone veneer that is increasingly popular as an exterior cladding for homes along the Front Range. This stone look is mostly achieved through the use of very detailed molds for the casting of pigmented concrete. As concrete “rock panels” contain air pockets, that are simply not present in real stones, they weigh a lot less than the real thing and are easier for contractors to work with.
It is easy enough to find online just how remarkably realistic this type of material has become after very modest beginnings decades ago. While don’t offer the stone veneer at Fireplace warehouse, we do have some general advice while shopping for the ideal surround for your Town & Country fireplace:
1) You will find a greater amount of highly detailed stone veneer at a specialty supplier than at a big box store catering to a low price point.
2) For a small scale project like an outdoor fireplace, sparing no expense on the stone veneer and its proper weather sealing by qualified contractors will make your overall investment last longer.
3) Find a contractor who is proud to show you past exterior projects so you can see how they are holding up to our climate.
At Fireplace Warehouse, we are experts in heating appliances, and throughout the years have seen literally thousands of excellent Denver fireplace surrounds like the TC36 Outdoor. If you’re unsure with which to surround your new Town & Country fireplace, stop by one of our showrooms in Denver or Colorado Springs – with our huge selection of working models, you’re sure to be inspired by the possibilities.