Fireplace vs fire pit outdoors: which one is best for your outdoor space

Though we aren’t quite at summer yet, this gorgeous spring is sure bringing everyone outdoors. Lawns are being mowed, plants are being purchased, and patio furniture is being taken out. Now is the time to think about how you will update your outdoor space.

Spring nights are still quite brisk – a perfect time to sit by the fire pit or outdoor fireplace. If you don’t have one yet, consider the different possibilities to bring light, heat, and safe interactive experiences to this spring and summer.


Fire pit

You can sit around a fire pit, which might be more engaging.

You can cook more easily on a fire pit if you want that camping-like experience, and for practical reasons if you do not have an outdoor kitchen, grill, or smoker.

This can be created in a variety of ways, from portable to a permanent structure.

This is great if you have limited backyard space, especially with a portable option.

It can be put almost anywhere, as it doesn’t need a chimney.

It is easier to incorporate built-in seating, and additional seating can be added or even moved around if not permanent.


Outdoor fireplace

You can sit in front of it and enjoy the light, exactly how you would an indoor fireplace.

Smoke is directed up and out of a chimney and away from the people enjoying the heat.

It can block the wind and isn’t easily put out by it.

It can be a possible easier build as it can use existing structures; though an outdoor fireplace can stand alone near a pool, hot tub, or built in a custom area.

It can create an elegant statement to your outdoor space aesthetic and has a romantic feel.

It can be enjoyed during rainy weather if it’s part of a pavilion or covered patio.

This is a great choice if you already have a beautiful outdoor kitchen, grill, and/or smoker setup.


Make the best choice for your outdoor space

Both a fire pit and an outdoor fireplace can come in both gas and wood-burning, depending on your preferences and additional work needed. Cost can range from a few hundred dollars to almost $20,000, and this project is perfect for customizations to fit your outdoor needs and esthetic.

Whichever you choose, AES Hearth and Patio have a wide selection and is available for consultations today. Remember that both a fire pit and a fireplace will require regular maintenance to keep your space in top shape, and AES is available for cleanings and tune-ups.

Are you ready to enjoy your outdoor space? Contact AES Hearth and Patio if you live in Camp Hill, Carlisle & Central PA to purchase your fire pit or fireplace today!

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