Does the fireplace throw off enough heat
Kim Piculell
May 9, 2012
We are deciding between a large firepit or a fireplace. Just curious as to your choice of a fireplace.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
BCPowers
This picture is showing a gratewalloffire fireplace grate. It gives the embers a higher profile thus producing more heat directed outward.

To answer your question, IMHO, you have to ask yourself how it will be used. If you are routinely having large gatherings of people a firepit might work better since more people can gather around it and enjoy the heat given off. If, on the other hand, you have more intimate gatherings of two to four people a fireplace would suffice.

In my experience an outside fireplace can only accomodate 3-4 people to stay warm. If more than that someone has to back off while someone else comes close to warm up.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 12:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kim Piculell
Thank you very much! Great info!
    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
COASTROAD Hearth & Patio
Beautiful work, Aven Williamson, and excellent answer!

Wood burning fireplaces produce a pretty incredible amount of RADIANT heat once an ember bed is established. The "Grate Wall of Fire" maximizes that effect. Gas fireplaces . . . not so much.

The other unique thing about a single-sided fireplace is that the trapezoidal shape of the firebox reflects the heat in that one direction. Without anything to reflect against, the 360 degree effect of a firepit tends to seem like a lot less heat.

Unfortunately, as sub-visible light, it only heats one side of you, so you might have to move around a little on an especially cold evening to keep your other side from going numb.
.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 1:10PM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Does anyone have info about this fireplace? replace with insert?
Here's a picture of the fireplace in the beach place...
crowinghen
drlemiller
1970's Gas fireplace needs updating. Want TV above fireplace.
We would like advice regarding our early 1970's gas...
tantacatho
Off Centered Fireplace...Please Help!!
I am a new wife in a new home and have a major design...
hmcclung
Keep or cover off center, too small shower window?
We need professional advice. Shower has been plumbed...
calikym
More Discussions
Updating master bath counter tops - color of granite
Should I choose counter tops in dark blackish granite,...
hancockb52
Need help with my bathroom!!
I have a vintage blue tile bathroom in my new home....
Tahani Batista
exterior of home
the side opposite the garage just looks a little odd....
elbatiste
Curb appeal: how to make this exterior more interesting, inviting?
Hubby and I are moving into our first home together....
aprildch
Stairs
I have stairs that are carpeted and is painted underneath...
tibbsatl
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™