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Outdoor Fireplaces Heating up America's Backyards

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007 | 5:09 PM ET

Outdoor fireplace sales are on fire, reported CNBC’s Jane Wells on “Street Signs.”

They’re popping up everywhere, she said, even in the coldest climates of the Midwest and Northeast.

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“From the beginning, we realized if the outdoor is going to be an extension of the indoor, that a fireplace made perfect sense,” a homeowner told Wells.

While some communities are trying to restrict outdoor fireplaces in order to limit smoke and potential hazards, homeowners argue that they help bring kids away from their iPods and TV sets and back “to do something humans have done as long as we’ve had fire: circle around it.”

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