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Making the Choice: Fire Pit or an Outdoor Fireplace

It’s a Matter of life style

Adding outdoor fireplaces or outdoor fire pits to your patio or yard is a perfect way to make the most of your outdoor living space. Imagine sitting around the open fire, making s’mores and creating memories with friends and family. Whether you're looking for something to provide a bit of visual excitement or a convenient way to add a bit of warmth. We can build you a beautiful outdoor fireplace to fit your lifestyle.


If you are thinking about creating an outdoor living space, you may be wondering what the difference between patio fire pits and outdoor fireplaces is.

The popularity of outdoor living spaces in on the rise as more people bring their leisure time back home. Whether it is fueled by the economy or by a nostalgic desire for the 1950s and 60s, cocooning is definitely back in style.

Today's patio is not the piece of concrete with a hibachi on it that your father or grandfather used for entertaining guests at the picnic table. The modern outdoor living space may have a completely equipped outdoor kitchen, complete with wine cooler, comfortable seating, and even a fireplace or a fire pit to give the area that cozy ambience on a clear summer night.



What Is the Difference between Outdoor Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces?

  • A fire pit is usually much less expensive
  • A fire pit is usually open on all sides
  • A fire pit is often free standing and can be removed from the box and used immediately
  • A fireplace will be similar to a fireplace in a home, contained in a firebox and open on only one or two sides
  • An outdoor fireplace will need a chimney, firebox, and hearth
  • An outdoor fireplace is usually more expensive and more difficult to do on your own
  • An outdoor fireplace is more elegant; less casual than a fire pit



Types of Patio Fire Pits and Fireplaces

Patio fire pits are much less costly than an outdoor fireplace. You can create a built-in fire pit on your patio or you can purchase a standalone fire pit for around $200.00.

A fire pit has a more casual than a fireplace. It is created in a way that it is open on all sides and sort of makes you feel like you and your guests are sitting around a campfire. A fire pit can be the center of attention if you add it to the middle of your patio or it can create a cozy area for socialization off to the side.

Wood Burning

A wood-burning fire pit is usually the easiest and least expensive option. It is little more than a decorative container that safely holds burning wood. These come in a variety of styles and sizes and are the easiest to install. Simply unpack the box and set it up. You will be ready to roast marshmallows and sing Kumbayah before you know it.


A propane fire pit is powered by propane canisters, just like your propane grill. It will generally have a hose and a tank stand that go with it, although the hose may allow the stand to be several feet away. You will not use wood in these, instead, ceramic logs will simulate wood. You can expect to pay a bit more for a propane fire pit than a wood one. It is important to note that you will also miss that comforting crackle of burning wood–a gas fire is completely silent.

Natural Gas

This is the most expensive option, as well as the most permanent. A gas line is run from your natural gas line in the house to the patio and the fire pit is attached to it. The benefit is that there is no unsightly propane tank to concern yourself with and it will never be empty.

If you’re not sure which type of outdoor fire will meet your needs