Fire Pit vs. Fireplace

On July 3, 2013, in Decorative Concrete, by admin

Selecting the right hearth for your outdoor living area

Deciding between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision when creating an outdoor room. Both features extend the enjoyment of an outdoor living area by providing warmth, light, and relaxation. However, they have important differences that should be considered. Answer the questions below to find out which hearth style best suits you and your space.

1. How many people would you like your fire feature to accommodate?

                   1-4: A fireplace is perfect for just a few people. It provides romantic ambiance and encourages intimate conversation.

                   5 or more: A fire pit is ideal for entertaining a group. It provides 360 degrees of enjoyment and a campfire like environment.

Fire Pit vs. Fireplace

Fire Pit vs. Fireplace


2. Which best describes the overall mood you are trying to create in your outdoor living space?

                      Intimate: A fireplace will create a cozy, romantic feeling.

                     Social: A fire pit will encourage storytelling, laughter and s’more eating.

3. Does your property have a view you would like to take advantage of?

                    Yes: A fire pit is low to the ground, and won’t draw away from an amazing view. Position the fire pit in a place                   where the view can be enjoyed.

                    No: A fireplace has height and mass, and will become a focal point in your space. Decorative elements such as a hearth and mantel can be added.


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