Bob, we have a 15x30 stone patio in the back of our home. We have installed a permanent canvas awning attached to our home which covers this patio. We use this 15x30 space for outdoor entertaining. We want to build a fireplace next to the patio so we can enjoy the out door fire most of the year. I was thinking of having the fireplace structure built next to the patio and maybe have the hearth extend onto the patio.
Here is my concern, if I have a stone fireplace built next to the patio and the chimney is a little higher than the canvas awning, what are the chances the awning will be damaged by the flying ashes? Could our new outdoor room, be filled with smoke from the fire? Do you have any recommendations to plan for this fireplace?