The 7 Best Outdoor Fireplaces of 2020

Cozy up next to a roaring fire in the comfort of your backyard

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: UniFlame Steel Outdoor Fireplace with Chimney at Home Depot

"This 360 degree pick comes with a slide out cooking grill that's big enough to fit a few burgers and hot dogs."

Best Oversized: Canora Grey Quillen Steel Outdoor Fireplace at Wayfair

"This extra-large, faux stone and wood fireplace will easily become your patio's main focal point."

Best Propane: Cal Flame Propane Gas Outdoor Fireplace at Home Depot

"You can start this propane-gas powered fireplace with (literally) a push of a button."

Best for Small Spaces: Living Accents Old World Wood Steel at Life and Home

"Shaped like a big lantern, this pick has the 360 access of a fire pit with the spark protection and smoke control of a fireplace."

Best Pizza Oven: World Menagerie Aztec Allure Pizza Oven at Wayfair

"This cast iron and stone centerpiece can be used as a pizza oven, a grill, or a fireplace, thanks to the removable lid."

Best Stone: Pavestone RumbleStone Outdoor Stone Fireplace Kit at Home Depot

"The DIY-aspect of this fireplace means you can customize your design by putting in different pavers or a wooden mantle."

Best for Wood Decks: Wrought Studio Dewolf Fire Outdoor Fireplace at Wayfair

"For a true showstopper, consider this tall, all-steel fireplace that can be used on wooden porches top of a non-flammable barrier."

Best Overall: UniFlame Steel Outdoor Fireplace with Chimney

Uniflame

Courtesy of Home Depot

An outdoor fireplace is a smart and stylish way to warm up your patio to extend the days you can enjoy your outdoor living room. Our pick for the absolute best outdoor fireplace is basic in style, yet easy to set up and use. Reviewers appreciate that it has a large fire bowl that fits four or five large logs, so you can build a roaring fire. The large chimney directs smoke and ash upward and away from your eyes and nose.

When it’s time to clean up, just take out the removable ash receiver (once it’s completely cooled) and dump out the ash. The fire can be seen and felt from all sides for a warm and cozy feeling. It also comes with a slide out cooking grill that’s large enough to fit a few burgers and dogs for a late night snack.

Best Oversized: Canora Grey Quillen Steel Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace

Sunjoy Bel Aire

Courtesy of Amazon

At 6.5 feet wide, this extra large outdoor fireplace is destined to be the centerpiece of your patio. In addition to the large fire bowl, it has built-in storage underneath for logs and sideboards that would look great decorated with plants or outdoor knick knacks. Many reviewers report that the faux stone and steel, wood burning fireplace is easy to assemble.

Such an oversized fireplace does require a 5-foot clearance from the sides and the back—you’ll also want to make sure it isn’t near any combustible materials that could accidentally ignite—so make sure you have plenty of room for it before ordering. The fireplace comes with the log grate, spark screen, and poker for safe fire building.

Best Propane: Cal Flame 48 in. Propane Gas Outdoor Fireplace

Cal Flame

 Courtesy of Home Depot

Why bother with the hassle of building a wood fire when you can start this propane-gas powered fire with a push of a button? This fireplace offers an impressive 55,000-BTU burner that will keep you warm and toasty on even the chilliest of evenings and comes with a fire log set and lava rocks. The stucco finish is attractive and inviting and covers the back of the unit, too, so it’s as good looking from the back as it is the front. Like all outdoor fireplaces, you’ll need to install it on a level surface.

Note that at 550 pounds, this unit is very heavy and you may need help building it and setting it on just the right spot on your patio. You'll need to buy your propane separately, or use the included converter to convert this fireplace to natural gas, also sold separately.

Best for Small Spaces: Living Accents Old World Wood Steel

Living Accents Old World Wood Steel 45 in. H x 29.5 in. W x 29.5 in. D Outdoor Fireplace
 Courtesy of Ace Hardware

This outdoor fireplace looks like an oversized lantern, but it's compact size makes it perfect for smaller patios or backyards. That said, as with any unit, you’ll want to check with your local town or municipality’s government regarding any restrictions about outdoor fireplaces or wood burning.

Similar to a fire pit, the fire from this steel fireplace can be seen and experienced from a 360 degree range, though the spark-guard mesh offers a layer of protection that a fire pit doesn’t. Each fireplace has a side-open door so you can easily slip a log in and a fire grate and poker are included with your fireplace.

Best Pizza Oven: World Menagerie Aztec Allure Pizza Oven

World Menagerie Aztec Allure Pizza Oven

 Courtesy of Wayfair

What’s better than an outdoor fireplace? One that doubles as a pizza oven! You’ll wow at your next neighborhood barbecue when you serve up homemade, wood-fired pizzas from this pick.

This fireplace is made of sturdy cast iron and reviewers report that it cooks up perfect pizzas in just 10 to 12 minutes. If you want to use it as a regular grill or solely as a fireplace, the top portion is removable—and at 18 pounds isn’t as heavy as it looks. At 18.5 inches wide, this isn’t the largest outdoor fireplace out there, but it still requires a 10-foot clearance on all sides for safety.

Best Stone: Pavestone RumbleStone Outdoor Stone Fireplace Kit

Pavestone RumbleStone Outdoor Stone Fireplace Kit

 Courtesy of Home Depot

This fireplace kit comes with five pallets of RumbleStone blocks, 24 tubes of polyurethane adhesive, and the chimney, fire box and log grate. One reviewer even compared building with the blocks to building with LEGOS. If you’re a confident DIYer, you should be able to build this fireplace in about a weekend’s time. (Otherwise, call a professional.)

Some reviewers like that, since you build your own fireplace, they were able to customize their design with different pavers or a wooden mantle. This is a permanent structure, so whatever you do, make sure you’re building it exactly where you want it.

Best for Wood Decks: Wrought Studio Dewolf Fire Steel Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace

Dewolf

 Courtesy of Wayfair

This 12-gauge steel outdoor fireplace is a sophisticated option for those who want to warm up a wooden deck; just be sure to place it on a non-flammable and heat-resistant barrier, such as a grill mat or concrete pavers. At 66 x 28 x 15 inches, it fits in tight spaces and has a lower storage area for logs, though note that the steel does get hot to the touch and it doesn’t come with a spark screen, so you’ll want to give it a wide berth wherever you place it. It’s virtually maintenance-free and the steel will develop a beautiful rust patina over the years. The entire structure only weighs 100 pounds, so you can move it if you decide to redecorate your patio space.

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