An outdoor fireplace is a source of warmth and a focal point for backyard get-togethers, even on chilly nights. We researched dozens of outdoor fireplaces, evaluating ease of assembly and use, durability, heat output, and smoke control.
Our top pick is the Endless Summer Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace with Chimney, which is easy to set up and maintain, provides heat from every side, and has a large chimney that redirects smoke and ash.
Here are the best outdoor fireplaces.
"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: Endless Summer Steel Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace
What do buyers say? 400+ Home Depot reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The best overall outdoor fireplace is the Endless Summer Steel Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplace (view at Home Depot). It's the best outdoor fireplace as it's basic in style, yet easy to set up and use. Reviewers love its large fire bowl that fits four or five large logs, so you can easily achieve a roaring fire. However, if you're shorter on space and need something more compact, consider the Living Accents Old World Steel fireplace (view at Life and Home).
What to Look For in an Outdoor Fireplace
Ease of use
Chances are you don't want to buy something that's so complicated to operate that you never use it. Look for an outdoor fireplace that's going to be easy enough for you to use regularly, one that doesn't require a ton of setup outside of the initial out-of-the-box routine. A gas or propane fireplace is a great option if you want to have a fire at the flip of a switch, but some wood stoves and fireplaces are easy to start, too.
It may seem obvious, but you don't want to buy a fireplace that's too large or too small for your place. Too large and it won't fit, too small and there won't be enough heat to fill the space the fireplace is in (or it will look dinky in the space it's in — meaning it won't "fit" the area). Be sure to take measurements of your space before you buy a fireplace, and you could even map out the shape and size of the fireplace with masking tape before purchasing it to get a general idea of what it will look like in your space.
One of the most important parts of owning an outdoor fireplace is knowing what kind of fuel it needs. Will you be burning propane or wood? Where will you get those supplies? Preferably, you'll get a fireplace that runs on a fuel that's easy for you to access. Factor the cost of fuel (like propane tanks or bundles of fire wood) into the total cost of your project so you aren't blindsided when you go to purchase what you need for your first fire.
Do outdoor fireplaces provide warmth?
Yes, outdoor fireplaces can provide warmth. How much warmth it produces will depend on the model that you have and how much heat it can produce. This can be determined by its BTU output. The higher the BTU, the warmer it will be. Your fuel type will also impact this. For example, the heat from wood fireplaces escapes through the flue, so it may not heat up your outdoor space as well as gas fireplaces.
How do you design an outdoor fireplace?
First, evaluate the space you want it to be in. Make sure you have a general idea of how large you want the fireplace to be, where it will go, and what you want it to do. Do you want a wood-fire oven? Or just a fireplace for warmth? Is gas or wood more practical? From there, you can begin looking at design plans for inspiration and make a decision on what you want.
Are outdoor fireplaces worth it?
If you're going to use it, yes. Like many things, the true value of an outdoor fireplace lies in how often you use it and enjoy it. If you find you only want one for looks, it may not be worth it to you. But if you and your family gather around every weekend and hang out by the fire, it's probably more valuable. It will add some value to your home's resale value, too, as it's certainly seen as a luxurious addition to your home.
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This article was researched and written by Anne Fritz, who has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years, most recently as an editor at publications such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Reader's Digest. Additional reporting was done by Katie Pittman, who has more than five years of experience in lifestyle and digital media and is an expert writer for MyDomaine.