Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire pits

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits aren’t just for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, but you can do that too. Watching a flaming fire can be mesmerizing, giving you the chance to unwind and relax after a hard day. Fireplaces and fire pits also help to extend your outdoor enjoyment by adding heat as the days get cooler.

In a very short time, you could be sitting near an outdoor fireplace or fire pit enjoying the evening air and sipping wine with family and friends. How about discussing the day’s event with your children? Or how does a romantic dinner with that special loved one on the outdoor patio sound? You can add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor space with a fireplace or fire pit.

If you like the idea of sitting around a fire on a fall evening but can’t decide between a fireplace or a fire pit, you may want to consider these differences:

Fireplaces, while more expensive, are an excellent choice for your backyard.  They are elegant and add value to the home.  Fireplaces heat 180 degrees around the location providing warmth during the colder months and extending your outdoor living time. Screens can be added to protect children from flames. While it can block wind on those cold nights and provide privacy from neighbors, the structure can also block your view. Your fireplace will create a focal point where people will tend to gather.  With a hearth, you can add pillows to create a welcoming seating area for you or your guests. The smoke of a wood burning fireplace is diverted up the flute away from your eyes, lungs, and clothes or you can choose a gas fueled fireplace, eliminating the smoke altogether. Finally, in some areas, building an outdoor fireplace may require permits and inspections.

Fire pits, on the other hand, are often less expensive.  They can be built in a variety of shapes and sizes including small round pits in the center of a patio area or longer rectangular pools of flames along one side of the patio. They heat 360 degrees around the fire pit allowing for seating at every angle. Fire pits don’t block the wind or provide privacy, but they also don’t block views allowing you, not only to see your surroundings, but also to see the person sitting across from you. Unfortunately, the open flames can be hazardous to children, and since there is no flute, smoke can be an annoyance, but there are ways to lessen that problem. For example, some fire pits can be built to burn gas instead of wood.

Regardless of which you choose, both fireplaces and fire pits create an enjoyable evening gathering place.

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