Which one is right for you?
Your backyard patio and living space is already complete. You have an outdoor space that is perfect in the late Spring, Summer and early Fall.
But how do you extend the season in which you can enjoy your space and entertain friends and family? The answer is simple, just add fire!
Firepits create a communal space that is perfect for entertaining. Your guests will gather around the firepit and stare at the fire for hours. The low profile of the firepit ensures minimal visual impact on the space. The circular seating arrangement will allow for more guests to gather around it compared to a fireplace.
If you’re looking for design flexibility, you could first consider a movable, not built-in fire pit. Because you can place them anywhere, they offer 360-degree access, which makes them perfect for group gatherings and are the most affordable option. If you are certain that you will love your fire pit and want something that is more permanent and more of a statement, consider a built in fire pit.
If you feel that you need a more permanent and eye catching statment to your outdoor spacen, an outdoor fireplace may be what you need. Fireplaces create an intimate hearth feeling and can visually invite guests to the space. An outdoor fireplace creates a living room space outdoors. In addition to providing fire, it will visually define the space and your guests will gravitate towards it. Above the fireplace mantle is a perfect place to hang a TV outdoors. Fireplaces typically cost much more than firepits, however they are also more of a statement. The heaviness of the structure and stone creates a focal point that is also functional.
One advantage to built-in fireplaces is that they’re protected from the elements – namely wind, which can kick up embers and shift the direction of the smoke – and direct smoke upward and away from your guests’ faces. That protection will also make it much easier to light.
As far as materials go, you’ll be building out your fireplace in a material that matches or coordinates with the other materials in your outdoor space: brick, stone, manufactured concrete, whatever matches your space. Aesthetically, the sky’s the limit. Some are wood fueled, and others are hooked into your home’s natural gas line just like any indoor fireplace would be.