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If you want to be able to enjoy your backyard throughout the entire year, there’s no better option than installing an outdoor fireplace. In addition to providing you with a source of warmth that can make it easier to spend time outside, an outdoor fireplace can also be used to cook a variety of recipes, including delicious desserts that are perfect for the end of a long day.

Learning a few easy recipes will help you make your backyard the neighborhood’s favorite spot for an after-meal dessert, ensuring that every evening is fun and memorable. Here are a few of the best fireplace desserts that you can cook on your outdoor fireplace with just a little bit of effort and a few ingredients.


If you really want to impress your friends and family, whip up a batch of churros. This sweet, donut-like treat is a favorite of dessert lovers everywhere, and the great thing about churros is that they can be made fairly easily.

It’s likely that you have most of the ingredients necessary to make these churros already in your home. All you need is refrigerated biscuits, butter, sugar and cinnamon. In just few minutes, you can whip up a dessert that everyone in your family should love.



Recipe: Liz on Call

Woof ‘Ems

If you’re the person who likes to prepare new and interesting dishes, then one of the best fireplace desserts to make is Woof ‘Ems. This is a dessert that will please even those with the most insatiable sweet tooth, and everyone at your next party can get involved in the preparation.

As with many fireplace desserts, the main ingredient you’ll need for Woof ‘Ems is refrigerated biscuits. You’ll also need pre-made chocolate pudding and whipped cream for topping. Make sure you have cooking pegs so that you can hold the Woof ‘Ems over the fire, similar to how you would cook a S’more.



Recipe: Today’s Creative Life

S’More Nachos

When most people think about cooking over an outdoor fireplace, the first dish that comes to their mind is S’mores. While classic-style S’mores are always a treat, you can also make an updated version of this dish by preparing S’More Nachos.

This dish uses the same basic ingredients as regular S’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows, milk chocolate – but instead of cooking the marshmallow on a stick, you’ll cook all the ingredients together in a pan. All you need to do is layer the ingredients, cover the pan with foil and put the pan in your fireplace. In a few minutes, you’ll have a gooey, sweet dessert that both children and adults will enjoy.



Recipe: Let’s Camp S’more

Prepare Fireplace Desserts

If you’re interested in making any of these fireplace desserts at your next gathering, you’ll first need an outdoor fireplace, which is why you need to start shopping with Emberside. We offer a wide range of outdoor fireplaces, meaning you’ll easily be able to find an option that will match your home. You can also purchase accessories that will make cooking on your fireplace easy and fun.

Contact Emberside today to learn about our outdoor fireplace inventory.


 Gas log sets are a great way to add the gorgeous look and warmth of a roaring fire to your home without any of the hassle and mess of a real wood fireplace. The only question is which gas log set can best meet your needs?

The question can be answered based on whether or not you have an existing fireplace and whether you intend to use the gas fireplace to actually help heat your home. Based on these considerations, and others like whether or not you wish to have a safety pilot, you can decide upon the gas log fireplace that helps make your home as cozy as you have always hoped.

Vented Gas Log Set

Vented gas log fireplaces are intended to be used in existing fireplaces with working flues and dampers. Converting your existing fireplace to a gas log setup is relatively quick and affordable, and it produces great results. You will need to run a few tests to ensure that your installation is adequately vented, and you will still need to perform maintenance like occasional chimney cleaning, but the results speak for themselves in the form of large, active and beautiful flames.

The only catch is that these flames are mostly aesthetic. Since the heat from a typical vented gas log setup rises up through the flue rather than radiating outwards, the flames will be more for aesthetic looks than providing heat.

Vent-Free Gas Log Fireplaces

Vent-free gas log fireplaces require installation of a new firebox or significant modification of your existing fireplace. However, they require marginally less maintenance to operate. The conditions of the gas fireplace must be checked periodically to ensure proper, complete combustion, however.

In addition to the advantages of having a self-contained apparatus, vent-free gas log sets have another advantage in that they radiate their heat outwardly to the room. Sets can produce up to 39,000 BTUs of heat with a high 99.9% efficiency rate, making them one of the best choices for heating up a home.

Safety Pilot, Or On/Off Valve?

Another consideration with your gas log fireplace is whether or not you want to light the flames manually every time or wish to activate the flames via a push-button safety pilot valves. Higher end millivolt safety pilot valves add even more convenience and control, allowing you to connect the fireplace to a thermostat or activate it remotely. Some remote-controlled fireplaces allow for further control of flame height and temperature, whereas others serve as a remote switch with only on/off functionality.

Consider the features you would like to have in addition to the quality of the simulated wood and the appearance of the flame when choosing your gas log set. Regardless of the set you choose, you are certain to have a more beautiful, inviting and clean home when it is improved with the addition of an attractive gas fireplace.