Install your outdoor Fire Feature now and enjoy it through the holidays with all of your family, friends and neighbors!

In this last installment on outdoor fire pits and fireplaces our discussion focuses on which one may be the right choice for you. Before we lay out the information to help you decide, understand that either one will give you, your family, friends and neighbors a lot of enjoyment.

Both of these types of “fire features” add light, heat and a relaxing, attractive gathering spot to your backyard area. Furthermore, either of these will enhance the look and feel of the area where they are installed (adding to the value of your home, as well).

Outdoor fire pits and fireplaces do have differences about them, however, providing different experiences for you and your guests. Here are the important differences that you want to consider in order to make your decision between installing a fire pit and a fireplace.

Features of a Fireplace:

  • It is a larger, most often more elegant structure that makes it more architecturally appealing.
  • It actually takes up less space on your patio as it is built off one of the edges, as opposed to in the middle, as a fire pit is.
  • It is most often the better choice when you want to include a television as part of the entire feature. People often choose fireplaces when they want to build a pavilion, gazebo or some other structure with a roof. This type of set up will also allow you to use it even when it is raining – also a positive point to remember.
  • You sit in front of a fireplace as opposed to around it, giving a more intimate setting.
  • The smoke is directed up the chimney in a much more controlled fashion.

Features of a Fire Pit:

  • It is usually in the middle or slightly off to the side of your patio, taking up a more dominant position.
  • Because you and your guests sit around it like a campfire as opposed to in front of it, a fire pit is considered to be a more interactive feature. Therefore, a fire pit maybe the better idea if you have kids or like to have over lots of friends or neighbors as opposed to just a few.
  • Since you can move all around it, a fire pit gives you more flexibility with seating arrangements and how many people can sit around it and get direct enjoyment from it.
  • A fire pit type of set up is usually cheaper to build than a chimney with its larger, much taller and usually more formal structure.

After reading through these features if you are still unsure of which one you want to choose, no worries. Come on into Stone Distributors and you can get started today with our experts right here on premises. Or, we can connect you directly with one of our area’s best contractors. Now is actually a better time to talk with contractors anyway, as they tend to be less busy around this time of year as compared to the spring, summer and early fall.

Either way, we look forward to helping you with installing your fire pit, fireplace, patio, pavilion or any other stone or landscaping project. Come into Stone Distributors today and let’s get started! And soon you will be out in your own backyard having the time of your life around your very own fire feature.

We are conveniently located for almost anyone in the metro Atlanta area at 1675 Bells Ferry Road in Marietta, just east of I-75, between the Canton Road and Piedmont Road exits. Contact us by calling us at (678) 354-0566 or visiting us online at or on our Stone Distributors Facebook page: We are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays. We look forward to helping you get started on your dream home or property enhancement project today!

ARTICLES USED TO HELP FORMULATE THIS BLOG: written and posted by George Siriotis written and posted by Mary Dresser

Published by Stone Distributors

We are a Natural Stone Supplier for Professionals and Homeowners in the Kennesaw / Cobb County area of Georgia

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