Fire pit vs. Outdoor Fireplace: Which Should I Choose?
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting around a cozy outdoor fire on a chilly evening. If this is something you enjoy doing on a regular basis, you may be torn between building an outdoor fireplace or installing a fire pit. Both have unique advantages and disadvantages, so it is important you weigh both of them carefully before deciding.
Fire pit Advantages and Disadvantages
A fire pit emits warmth all the way around, and is therefore ideal for a circular seating arrangement. Since fire pits take up less room, they are also better situated for smaller areas. They often do not require a building permit, since there is no need to vent them. Fire pits are easier to maintain, as all that is needed is to scoop out the ashes from time to time. Unlike fireplaces, fire pits can easily be moved should you find yourself wanting to change the layout of your backyard. They are also more economical to build.
Outdoor Fireplace Advantages
Fireplaces are often included as part of an outdoor kitchen because of their versatility. Not only can they be used for warming, but for grilling or even baking certain foods. As such, fireplaces rather than outdoor fire pits are typically a better choice if you plan to do a great deal of entertaining. Outdoor fireplaces present a very elegant look to any backyard, and therefore make a perfect focal point. They are also more durable than fire pits, as many can be expected to last a lifetime with proper care.
If you are still undecided as to whether a fire pit or fireplace is best, contact us. We can show you various models and discuss the benefits of each one in greater detail to help guide you in making your decision.