Today, Art of the Yard in Denver discusses having a fireplace vs fire pit, as a lot of our clients want to know what the best choice for their backyards is. Here, you will be able to see the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of each, so read on to learn more.
Wood burning fireplaces produce a significant amount of smoke. Whereas gas fireplaces do not, and they do not even require a chimney. They do however require a gas line to be trenched, piped and connected to the house gas lines.
If you choose to go with a wood burning fireplace, building codes require the chimney height be 2 feet taller than adjacent structures. Both the flue and chimney must meet the dimensions needed for safety (downdraft cannot push smoke out of hearth), so be sure to consult a professional who knows the rules.
You may know already that in many Colorado counties, wood fire pits are not permitted. So, go with a gas fire pit to avoid any hassles. Just like a gas fireplace, a permanent gas fire pit feature will need a line trenched, piped, and connected to the house gas line.