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Alison Wright
I love nothing better than eating or entertaining outdoors. I would love a fire pit, the ambiance it adds and the much needed warmth in the cooler months is amazing. But as we live in the suburbs, apparently you need a permit to have a fire outdoors and you have to have a good excuse to get one. I’m not sure entertaining would pass the council as a good enough reason.☹️ Very large fines apply for those having a fire without a permit.
   
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Aalta Australia

Some great points made in this article - type of furniture, heating, lighting and keeping your outdoor area sheltered from the rain are all important things to consider. We're all about that! Our retractable roofs are perfect for that exact scenario. They are completely rain proof so you can keep your furniture out, and you can add lighting, heating, comfy cushions etc without worrying about them getting wrecked. The best part is that it completely retracts, so on a clear winter night, you can light a brazier to give you that cozy, mesmerising affect of an open fire and enjoy the starry night! You can also add side screens to keep out the cold.

We have a retractable roof at our home and use it pretty much all year round. Here's an article I wrote about being on our deck when it started to rain! https://aalta.com.au/outside-in-the-rain/

If anyone is interested, here's a little video about retractable roofs: https://youtu.be/zWXZhb65eP4

And a couple of pics! First image is a retractable roof on an aluminium Duet frame. The second is one on a timber frame, painted.

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lene_skovsted

By all means have a fire pit (occasionally) and rug up, but I feel heating the great outdoors with gas or electricity can't be justified. What a waste of energy! Follow the seasons and move indoors in winter, out in summer.

   

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