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Old 08-13-2019, 07:54 PM   #1
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So I live in a residential neighborhood. We are going to build a 16íx26í covered patio, all hardy and tongue and groove ceiling. Concrete already existing. Argument between my wife and me is, should we build a fire place or a fire pit? Fire pit not under the cover, at the other end of our concrete slab which is 40í. Doing a kitchen as well so donít want it cluttered.


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Old 08-13-2019, 07:55 PM   #2
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:11 PM   #3
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Fireplace "BIG" with a spot for TV blocking the house on LH
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:15 PM   #4
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Fireplace "BIG" with a spot for TV blocking the house on LH


Thatís where it would go and thatís where my wife wants it.


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Old 08-13-2019, 08:15 PM   #5
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And everything I hear is go big on the fire place.


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Old 08-13-2019, 08:16 PM   #6
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Iím betting that patio slab was not built to withstand weight of outdoor fireplace. So Iíd go w/firepitThis is one I built last week, had 8Ē slab and piers


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Old 08-13-2019, 08:17 PM   #7
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Also price is quite a bit more for fireplace versus firepit


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Old 08-13-2019, 08:27 PM   #8
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:05 PM   #9
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Iím betting that patio slab was not built to withstand weight of outdoor fireplace. So Iíd go w/firepitThis is one I built last week, had 8Ē slab and piers


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We built the slab with intentions of building a fire place.


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Old 08-14-2019, 08:07 PM   #10
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We built the slab with intentions of building a fire place.


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It looks like you answered your own question before you asked!

I'd go with the fireplace.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:10 PM   #11
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Fire pit.....I have had both and the pit gets used alot more. Nothing better than sitting by fire pit with your feet propped up and a cold one
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:13 PM   #12
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:17 PM   #13
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Your HOA may have a say in it as well as the fire dept. A free standing fire pit may not be allowed. In Austin if you have open flames at night... don't be surprised to to see the fire dept. called on ya.

They both have plus / minus's
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:19 PM   #14
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Outdoor fireplaces are nice, but theyíre relatively similar to pools. Youíre not likely to recapture the cost.

I go fire pit cause I like the camp fire feeling to it and can be done at low cost.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:48 PM   #15
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Iím doing heat lamps hung from my ceiling on my back porch and fire pit out back.


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Old 08-14-2019, 10:22 PM   #16
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They both have plus / minus's
This is true.

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Outdoor fireplaces are nice, but theyíre relatively similar to pools. Youíre not likely to recapture the cost.
I built my own fire place and firepit/fire ring. While the fireplace materials cost me $1500 I have gotten my moneys worth many times over.



OP, you should do both and get a bigger pool while your at it.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:34 PM   #17
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Chose the location of pit or fireplace with wind direction in mind
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:56 PM   #18
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Outdoor fireplaces are nice, but theyíre relatively similar to pools. Youíre not likely to recapture the cost.



I go fire pit cause I like the camp fire feeling to it and can be done at low cost.


No HOA, Iíve been through 2 chimineas the past three years, we use it a lot.


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How bout some pics of those who have some. We are going to start building next month.


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Old 08-14-2019, 11:59 PM   #20
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Chose the location of pit or fireplace with wind direction in mind


So the back of the house is due south. Only use the fire pit/place in the winter. Every time we have a north wind, I smell brbq, due to the fact coopers is in my backyard.




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Old 08-15-2019, 03:59 AM   #21
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built this about 4-5 years ago, we used it a ton. Sold that house last year, there will be another one going in at our new place. Iím going to use metal building material to build it and brick the columns. Using metal should cut the cost down.


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Old 08-15-2019, 05:23 AM   #22
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built this about 4-5 years ago, we used it a ton. Sold that house last year, there will be another one going in at our new place. Iím going to use metal building material to build it and brick the columns. Using metal should cut the cost down.


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That setup is the cats azz.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:26 AM   #23
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That setup is the cats azz.


Thank you sir, plenty of adult beverages and cigars had out there.... even used a beam to hang a blackbuck.. wife wasnít too happy lol


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Thank you sir, plenty of adult beverages and cigars had out there.... even used a beam to hang a blackbuck.. wife wasnít too happy lol


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I bet she got over it though.
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built this about 4-5 years ago, we used it a ton. Sold that house last year, there will be another one going in at our new place. Iím going to use metal building material to build it and brick the columns. Using metal should cut the cost down.


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sweet set up !
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:29 AM   #26
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Thank you sir, plenty of adult beverages and cigars had out there.... even used a beam to hang a blackbuck.. wife wasnít too happy lol


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I was gonna call you a show off till I saw the black buck. Now, youre my hero. Congrats on that hang out spot. That's bad***
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:35 AM   #27
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What does an outdoor fireplace cost to build? I really would like one and have a spot for an insert in my outdoor kitchen but I think I am going to abandon the idea and just get a decorative fire table run on propane. I have a nice end cap firepit that we use in the fall/winter.

I had one quote and it was nothing like these pictured, the guy wanted $8K and that more than I wanted to spend.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:38 AM   #28
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What does an outdoor fireplace cost to build? I really would like one and have a spot for an insert in my outdoor kitchen but I think I am going to abandon the idea and just get a decorative fire table run on propane. I have a nice end cap firepit that we use in the fall/winter.

I had one quote and it was nothing like these pictured, the guy wanted $8K and that more than I wanted to spend.


That sounds in line with what we paid, Iím sure you could have one put in with a insert and it be a lot cheaper.


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Old 08-15-2019, 07:39 AM   #29
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People spend a lot of money just for looks, in my opinion an out door fire place looks great but is not truly doing any thing but a visual pleasure. A pit would cost less and seems as though people gather around them and , “enjoy “ them more. You could always make a good looking fire pit also, for less then the fireplace. Just my opinion of course.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:42 AM   #30
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People spend a lot of money just for looks, in my opinion an out door fire place looks great but is not truly doing any thing but a visual pleasure. A pit would cost less and seems as though people gather around them and , ďenjoy ď them more. You could always make a good looking fire pit also, for less then the fireplace. Just my opinion of course.


I agree a fire pit would cost less, but we used that fire place religiously and it worked extremely well. I could sit out there and watch tv in shorts in 32 and under no problem with the heat it put off.


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Old 08-15-2019, 07:49 AM   #31
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We have one on our back porch and it is pretty, but it does not put out an ounce of heat. You literally have to lean up against it to get anything. I think it was built by the prior homeowner and there is no type of baffle or deflector to keep the heat from rising right out the chimney. I enjoy the look of it, but would much rather sit around my end cap.
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