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Should I Choose a Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace?


#30-firepit-handcrafted01Both fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a fun addition to any residential property. Before choosing one, however, you should carefully weigh the pros and cons of each. So today we’re going to take a closer look at fire pits vs outdoor fireplaces.


While the exact cost of fire pits and outdoor fireplaces vary depending on size, features, etc., you’ll typically find the latter are more expensive. According to Improvenet, the minimum cost of a professionally installed outdoor fireplace is around $1,400, while the maximum cost can easily exceed $20,000. Portable fire pits, on the other hand, cost around $300 to $700 on average.


Certain cities and counties may have restrictions regarding the construction of new outdoor fireplaces. While few places ban them altogether, many require homeowners to purchase special permits to construct outdoor fireplaces. It’s always a good idea to check with your city’s planning office before investing in an outdoor fireplace. If you choose a portable fire pit, however, this isn’t necessary.

Heat Radiance

Both portable fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are an excellent source of heat, keeping you and your guests comfortable deep into the night. But the problem with outdoor fireplaces is their restricted heat radiance. An outdoor fireplace only emits heat out through its front opening, whereas a portable steel fire pit radiates heat all around it. If you choose an outdoor fireplace, you and your guests will have to battle each other to stand in front of it. With a steel fire pit, everyone can gather around it without bumping elbows creating a more social atmosphere.


Think an outdoor fireplace is better for cooking than a portable fire pit? Outdoor fireplaces can certainly be used for cooking, but a portable fire pit can also be used for cooking. In fact, some people may argue that fire pits are better for cooking since they are easier to access and control. And the right accessories can further enhance your fire pit cooking experience.


Portable fire pits are, well, portable. You can take them to your friend’s house, on camping trips, or pretty much anywhere else you desire. The same cannot be said for an outdoor fire place, however, as they are typically constructed into the ground, making them impossible to move and when you move it stays there for the new property owner.

As you can see, fire pits are usually the preferred choice over outdoor fireplaces.

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