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3 Reasons to Choose an Outdoor Fireplace Over a Fire Pit

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When considering adding a fire feature to their backyard, a lot of people end up trending toward installing a fire pit. And the reasons make sense – fire pits are easy to come by (you can often pick them up at a big box store), they’re normally pretty affordable, and they’re fairly easy to install. Though these 3 reasons make a good argument for choosing a fire pit, we think that in the long run, an outdoor fireplace is the better investment for the savvy homeowner. Here are 3 reasons to choose an outdoor fireplace over a fire pit.

1. Ambiance

Straight Front Outdoor Fireplace with Split Herringbone Firebrick

Installing a fire feature in your backyard is a great way to up the ambiance of your outdoor living space. However, not all fire features create the same atmosphere. In general, because they are open on all sides, fire pits tend to give off more of a campfire vibe. While this ambiance is great for roasting marshmallows with the family, it’s not always ideal for hosting a backyard party.

Outdoor fireplaces are a great step up from the campfire atmosphere of a fire pit. The structure of the fireplace adds more sophistication to the backyard, as well as offering a permanent focal point for your outdoor living space. This makes an outdoor fireplace the perfect backdrop for a variety of different occasions, including parties with friends and family.

2. Functionality

Arched Front Outdoor Fireplace

A big reason a lot of homeowners choose to add a fire feature to their outdoor living areas is because it extends the usefulness of the space past the summer into the fall (and even the winter in more mild climates). Because of this, the functionality of the fire feature should be a large consideration when choosing what type of fire feature to install.

In general, an outdoor fireplace is going to be more functional than a fire pit. Because a fire pit is open on all sides, it lets a lot of heat escape in all directions. An outdoor fireplace, on the other hand, directs the heat in a specific direction, giving you more control over the comfort of your outdoor living area. And because the heat is directed outward in one direction, it makes it easier to create a cohesive seating area.

3. Home Value

Straight Front Outdoor Fireplace with Brick and Clay Veneer

Many fire pits, especially those that can be purchased at a big box store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, are made to be removable or temporary. An outdoor fireplace, on the other hand, is designed to be a permanent addition to your backyard. Because of the permanence of the structure, it adds value to your home, and can be a great talking point for potential buyers. When it comes to appraisals and curb appeal, an outdoor fireplace has an undeniable effect on the overall market value of your home.

Ultimately, the choice of fire pit vs. fireplace comes down to what you as the homeowner value most. If you’re looking for a more budget conscious choice, a fire pit is relatively inexpensive choice that can get you up and running quickly. Fire pits are also a great choice if your backyard is short on space, but you still want to incorporate a fire feature. If you’re willing to spend a bit more and have the space, an outdoor fireplace is a functional and visually impressive option that will get you the most bang for your buck in the long run.