Outdoor Fireplace vs. Fire Pit

An outdoor fireplace and fire pit both provide plenty of warmth and light to keep the party going well into cooler months.
But what’s the difference between an outdoor fireplace and a fire pit? Simply put, you can gather around a fire pit, whereas a fireplace is upright. Continue reading to learn more and decide which one is best for your outdoor space!

stone fire place on outdoor patio with mantle and sitting chairs

Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are most commonly distinguished by their upright build and their chimney and firebox for ventilation. Fireplaces are often built out of brick, stone, concrete, or limestone. It can either be attached directly to your home or built to stand alone on your patio or deck. These structures work best for backyards that have extensive patio space because they are quite large. Fireplaces work especially well when trying to hide an eyesore or create a divider for privacy or between spaces for a cozy outdoor room!

stone fire pit with family gathered around

Outdoor Fire Pits

Fire pits may not appear as formal as fireplaces, but as a result, your options for design and size are much more flexible. As a circular or rectangular bowl, they offer 360-degree access for the ultimate gathering place to warm up or make s'mores! Fire pits can be gas, electric, or wood-burning. Custom fire pits offer unique sizes and designs. Stone, brick, and stainless steel are favored fire pit materials. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of adding a fire pit to your space is it can fit in almost any space! Easy to build and inexpensive to purchase, they offer a lot of bang for your buck!

Deciding on a Fire Element

Want a professional's help with which fire element to choose? Landscape architects have the know-how to ensure your fire pit or fireplace works best for your needs, style, and landscape. If you’re looking for professional guidance on renovating your backyard, schedule a no-charge consultation by clicking here!

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