The enjoyment of sitting around a fire ring or fire pit has been around since the dawn of man. Fire offers warmth, light, a cooking source and, of course relaxation. One design option is a basic round. This feature works best for conversation pit areas.

We think built-in seating around the fire pit should be standard. The round shape lets all numbers of guests sit, or stand and chat. The square or linear design fits better in formal and structured gardens. We think these do not lay out as well for entertaining large groups at once, but they are a much classier, high-end feel. 

There is a certain romantic ambiance that surrounds an outdoor fireplace. The glow of the flickering flame invites guests to sit down, relax and enjoy life. Properly designed fire features encourage conversation and sooth the soul.

Deciding between a fire pit and fireplace is an important decision. Both backyard fire features offer warmth, light, and relaxation. But, they have important differences that you need to think about. Ask yourself these questions to figure out which will best suit your space:

1. How many people would you accommodate most often?

1-4: A fireplace is perfect for just a few people. It provides a romantic feel and encourages intimate conversation.

5 or more: A fire pit is ideal for entertaining a group, large or small. It provides 360 degrees of enjoyment and a campfire like environment.

2. Which best describes the overall mood you are trying to create?

Intimate: A fireplace will create a cozy, snuggly feeling.

Social: A fire pit will encourage storytelling, laughter and s'more eating.

3. Does your property have a view you would like to take advantage of?

Yes: A fire pit is low to the ground, and won't draw away from an amazing view. Position the fire pit in a place where the view can be enjoyed.

No: A fireplace has height and mass, and will become the focal point in your yard. Decorations such as a hearth and mantel can be added for style.

4. Is your property affected by wind?

Yes: A fireplace is enclosed, making it easy to light even in windy conditions. Additionally, a fireplace can serve as a wind break that will protect guests.

No: A fire pit is open and the flames can be more easily enjoyed..