Outdoor Fireplace or Outdoor Fire Pit: Which Is Best for You and Your Family?

An outdoor space to entertain and relax with your family is an asset to any home. A backyard featuring luxury amenities like a pool, hot tub, or an outdoor kitchen adds market value and visual appeal, as well. An additional component of outdoor living is an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

While both an outdoor fireplace and fire pit provide warmth and light, they aren’t created equal. So, which should you choose? Let’s take a look at some considerations:

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For All Intents and Purposes

Think about what you’re looking to get out of your outdoor heating space. Do you often host large groups of friends and neighbors every month? Do you enjoy lounging around with the spouse and kids? Or perhaps you want an atmospheric reprieve at the end of the day? Fire pits are ideal for these more informal occasions — think of enjoying them as gathering around the campfire, staying warm while being with those close to you. 

Style Points

Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes — and fire tables are trending for outdoor living spaces. Custom models offer you an array of material options (stone, tile, concrete, etc.) to complement your home’s exterior pavers. Fire pits like this are usually found in the middle of a lounge area but can function as accent features alongside the perimeter.

A fireplace is typically broader and taller than a fire pit, giving you the option of a traditional or modern feel, brick or stainless interior, glass media, and stone or brickwork surrounding the fireplace itself.

Feelin’ the Heat

Considering a fire pit features an open flame, a breeze can quickly move the warmth from where you want and bring smoke to where you don’t. However, this may not be a significant concern depending on the season, immediate climate, and how much heat you’re looking for.

You can position an outdoor fireplace so that it’s not exposed to wind. And since the flame is contained, your logs and brick interior will help keep the immediate space warmer for longer.

A Safe Bet

A wood-burning fire pit requires ongoing attention and caution as it won’t contain sparks, so most use screen covers to cut down on the risk of an accident. On the other hand, a gas fire pit can feature a clear, low-profile shield to protect nearby children or pets. A fireplace can have added safeguarding, including doors, a steel grate, or a fire screen to contain embers and sparks.

Money to Burn

Let’s talk turkey: like any component of your landscape, choosing between a fireplace and a fire pit depends on your budget and long-term goals. A pit offers you the opportunity to truly “gather ‘round the fire,” yet a fireplace can be customized to add a unique character to your outdoor living space for years to come.

When it comes to deciding between a fireplace or fire pit, no one choice is better than the other — it all comes down to your property and preferences. Still, we want to help you make the most out of your outdoor living space. For more information about our landscaping offerings, including design and installation services, contact our team today!

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