Should I Choose a Gas Fireplace or Fire Pit For My Outdoor Room?

May 02, 2018 Outdoor GreatRoom Company

Fire pit? Fireplace? Which one is best for your space? It’s a big investment when it comes to your outdoor room, and we’re here to help!

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How many people do you plan to have in your backyard?

Fire pits and fireplaces are natural gathering spots for your patio or deck. If you desire a large group of family and friends sharing stories around a fire, then a gas fire pit may be your go-to choice. Fire pits naturally portray a social environment because they allow multiple seats to be placed around it.

If you plan to use the space for date nights or other quaint gatherings, a gas fireplace may be your best option for a cozy, romantic ambiance. Gas fireplaces only push heat through the front opening; therefore, fewer people in your backyard space ensures no one is fighting for warmth.

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Where do you want to place your fire pit or fireplace?

Both options create a focal point in your backyard. Are you planning on having a grand pergola or custom kitchen? Both have the power to complement those pieces without subtracting from them, but it matters how you configure the pieces together. If you want a fire source in the middle of your patio, then a fire pit may be your solution due to the typically smaller size and 360° access.

On the other hand, fireplaces can be placed on the side of your outdoor room to utilize some of the space that you may not have used otherwise. Due to their commonly large size, they also block some of the wind for a calmer outdoor experience.

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What kind of theme are you thinking for your outdoor space?

Both options offer the welcoming warmth and dancing flames to create a perfect atmosphere. However, this question touches more on the design of your backyard. Outdoor living spaces have become known to be an extension of your house. Do you want your deck or patio to match your interior design or have its own unique style? The great news is that both fireplaces and fire pits are available in a wide range of styles to fit your design needs.

Outdoor fireplace designs can vary. Our Stone Arch Freestanding Gas Fireplace fits a variety of themes. We also provide the option to create a custom fireplace design. As for fire pits, we offer innovative fire pits to fit your style. Check out our large variety of quality fire pit tables here. We even have DIY fire pit kits and individual burners to create a custom fire pit!

Fireplaces and fire pits extend the outdoor season to ensure you get the most out of your outdoor living space! Whether you choose a gas fireplace or fire pit, we want to help you enjoy the outdoors to its fullest in your new favorite room!

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