Ahh, summer –the warmth, the long days, the nights by the fire with friends (and all the delicious food cooked on a stick).
Life is better by the fire, so why not bring it into your backyard?
Firepit or Fireplace?
Yes, there is a difference. When determining which you want to choose, you’ll need to decide what kind of ambiance you want to create. Are you a more casual, chill by the fire with friends and roast the occasional weenie? Or, are you the go-big-or-go-home type, with dreams of an outdoor fireplace worthy of hosting a Great Gatsby-like soiree?
Maybe you need some pictures for inspiration.
Fire Pit Inspiration
Try Homedit’s 10 inspiring outdoor firepits to pique your interest. This is for the more classic firepit lover, who enjoys gathering with close friends and family where casual conversation is exchanged over the crackle of fire and carbonation.
Fire Place Inspiration
Check out House Beautiful’s 20 outdoor fireplaces for some awe-inspiring ideas. This is for those who want their fireplace to be the star of their yard – a space where loved ones are pulled into its charming embrace, where they can be sheltered and nestled close to the home, itself.
The Pros and Cons of Firepits and Fireplaces
Let’s look at the pros and cons of both firepit and fireplace to help you decide what’s right for your yard.
The Outdoor Fireplace
- A distinct focal point for your yard, which can be utilized to hide an unsightly view or add privacy
- Can be constructed with a grill for more outdoor cooking options
- Offers a very “nestled” and intimate- feeling space.
- Can quickly and easily become expensive
- Requires a lot of space
- Single-sided, so fewer people can gather round.
- More casual and cheaper than outdoor fireplaces
- Hosts a greater number of guests
- Drifting smoke may become a problem
- Constrained to just roasted weenies and ‘smores (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing)
What Fuels Your Fire?
Now that you’ve made the architectural choices, it’s time to decide what’s going to fuel your fire.
Once again, we have two choices: propane or good old-fashioned wood. Though propane has been historically absent from fires big enough to gather around, new propane firepits are giving the ol’ standby a run for its money.
- No smoke
- Easy maintenance
- Can often be used during fire bans
- Propane can get expensive
- Some people feel strange about cooking over it
- Campfire smell
- Campfire crackle
- Smoke, smoke, (*cough) smoke!
- Summer fire bans put the kibosh on your plans faster than rain will
Make your Summer Last with Firepits and Fireplaces
Don’t let your summer slip by with only intermittent fires. It’s warm again and you deserve to soak up as much of this wonderful season as you can. A great firepit/fireplace will infuse ambiance into your backyard, making it an oasis for you and your guests every evening.
Working with fire can be a bit intimidating. But, give us a call and we’ll walk you through the process of finding the right fireplace/firepit for you, and help you choose the perfect place and hardscaping around it. Give us a call today and open yourself up to your dream summer!