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Old 10-31-2017, 01:10 PM   #1
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Fireplace HELP pros/cons


We are adding a 20x17 patio addition to our house. I would like to add a "fire" area to our patio. Not sure which version would last longer... traditional stone fireplace or round firepit. I am worried about being outside and water standing in the fireplace.

Please share your opinion and/or experiences
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:47 PM   #2
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A fire area or pit on a patio sounds risky. Are you thinking gas or wood. if wood those embers can be tossed by the wind.

Check with your insurance company to see what they will accept. Fire is a 4 letter word to them.

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Several things to think about:

Are there any local bylaws/ordinances/rules regarding backyard fires in your locale? Some urban areas outright prohibit them because of smoke. There may also be local building or fire code rules regarding placement and construction methods for the different types.

Metal firepit 'bowls' tend to rust - quickly. I know you can get covers for them but not all are equally effective and, of course, you have to remember to put them on.

Anything that is masonry will be impacted by the regular fire heating plus freezing if you are in that type of area. I'm not a mason and assume there are proper ways to build such things since they have been done for years, but I have seen ones done poorly and they don't last long.

Gas would be easier and less handling of wood, although I realize they're just not the same as wood. Also, the burner, etc. will be subject to the whole rusting thing.
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Definitely gas fireplace with electric switch. I just worry about water damage over the years
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Definitely gas fireplace with electric switch. I just worry about water damage over the years
Ayuh,.... When they rust out, ya buy another 1,.....
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In my area we have a lot more fire pits vs fireplaces. All the well designed pits have drainage built into them.
If I was shopping for a store bought pit, I'd be looking for the drainage system.
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