A fireplace is the perfect feature to extend the use of an outdoor living space from summer into all four seasons. Unlike a fire pit, an outdoor fireplace defines your patio or deck as a focal point and destination–a place to gather, create leisure activities, entertain, and make memories. Fireplaces range from inexpensive chimineas and portable metal models to do-it-yourself kit projects by homeowners to beautiful fire features that are part of an outdoor room designed by landscape architects and built by contractors.
Outdoor fireplaces are constructed much like indoor ones: with a flue to direct smoke up the chimney rather than out into the seating area or yard. They can be as simple as a chimenea, elaborate extensions of an outdoor kitchen with spits, grates, and rotisseries, or with materials and structures that resemble the primary residence.
Design With Safety in Mind
Pay attention to where portable fireplaces are placed, making sure they aren't on flammable surfaces or flames and sparks might ignite combustible materials. Check your local government sites for codes and laws regarding burning wood in your region. You can also check regulations.gov or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Burn Wise site for updated information on burn laws. Alternative fuels to wood include propane, gas, and ethanol.
Enjoy a peek into some backyards that feature fabulous outdoor fireplace ideas.
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Located on the fringes of a forested nature preserve in Newton, Massachusetts, this Mid-century modern home was remodeled by Mark Lawton Architecture to maximize its left-intact natural surroundings. The new outdoor living area includes a curving patio with a built-in fireplace and bench seating. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, bluestone was chosen to build the wood-burning fireplace. The fireplace surround and top cap are made of customized steel, while the bluestone seating is topped with ipe wood slats.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Modfire in LA
A small shared backyard for a five-unit apartment in Hollywood was carefully designed by OverArch to make smart use of every square foot. Olive and citrus trees grow in a cast-in-place planter while matching hardwood benches face a black Modfire outdoor fireplace. Standing 4 feet tall, Modfire outdoor fireplaces are new designs inspired by Mid-century modern models and are easy to transport.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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A large yard for a New York residence features an outdoor fireplace set at the edge of an expansive patio. Designed by LDAW, the fireplace unit features built-in seating and firewood storage units on either side. The mantle and hearth are built of Connecticut fieldstone.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Chiminea for a Craftsman
A 1920s Washington, D.C.-area Craftsman bungalow was lovingly restored and received sustainable additions by Gardner Architects LLC, including a teahouse-style outdoor room and a yard update. That charming chimenea adds a rustic touch of warmth for chilly evenings.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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A gas-burning outdoor fireplace at a home in the stunning seaside town of Carmel, California was appropriately made with local Carmel stone. Culbertson Durst designed the fireplace with a slight curve to fit the small space.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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An English-inspired transitional estate in Atlanta's Buckhead community features a dramatic outdoor fireplace designed by Land Plus Associates to mask a 16-foot-high retaining wall. The fire feature is built with split-ace Lueders limestone and surrounded by hydrangeas.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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A low, custom-built outdoor fireplace by Cedar Springs Landscape Group in Toronto, Canada, is designed to not block views of the landscape. The fireplace is located near the natural pool, spa, and outdoor dining set.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Stonemason Mike Nusdeo of Ridgeview Stone built a rustic-looking outdoor fireplace for a young couple in upstate New York who wanted a feature that reminded them of old fireplaces they had seen during their international travels. Nusdeo used Byram Black stone from Connecticut Stone.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Fireplace With Private Hot Tub
Nordby Design Studio, Architecture & Interiors LLC completely redesigned the backyard for this Portland, Oregon, home, which includes an outdoor living room with a double-sided wood-burning fireplace. A private hot tub was built on the other side of the fireplace, which is nestled into the back corner of the yard for privacy.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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This waterfront home on Mercer Island, Washington, was a fire reconstruction project for Shuler Architecture and a team of forensic contractors. In the reconstruction, both levels were opened up to take in the views. The wraparound deck includes a kitchen, living room, stone veneer fireplace, and TV for comfortable outdoor living.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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John Montgomery Landscape Architects transformed a sloping backyard into a private courtyard with an oversized entry door, saltillo tile patio, custom water feature, and a pool and spa. With limited space, a chimenea is perfect for the Spanish style patio.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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A historical Washington, D.C. area home redesign and restoration by Cahill Design Build included a wood-burning outdoor fireplace that was constructed with mortar-set Carter-rock stoneContinue to 13 of 25 below.
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A gas-burning Majestic fireplace was designed as part of a vertical garden by Scot Eckley for a backyard in Seattle. The Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is pruned often to keep it from wandering near the fireplace, where it can get crispy.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Lodge LookContinue to 16 of 25 below.
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An elegant white fireplace with a smooth surface blends well with other hardscape elements in this Las Vegas backyard, like the retaining walls, Arto pavers, and the planter edging designed by Troy Silva Design Group.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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A complete outdoor living space was created by Shapiro Didway for a Portland, Oregon, yard to include a dining set and living room with a large fireplace made of basalt stone. The surrounding trees are Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis 'Emerald Green.'Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Family Outdoor Space
Considering a family's requests, TriVistaUSA included a children's playhouse, outdoor living room, and custom fireplace into their design for a Washington, D.C. client. The fireplace's surfaces are made of random, rectilinear-cut Pennsylvania bluestone.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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A limestone fireplace is located on a private patio just off the master suite of an Oklahoma City home. While the homeowners are outdoors, they can enjoy a spa, outdoor kitchen, a fishing dock, and a fire pit.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Adirondack Style Outdoor Space
When the homeowners of this upstate New York property entertain, they head for their outdoor living room at the edge of the woods. There, they relax near the fireplace custom designed by A.J. Miller Landscape Architecture of Syracuse, New York. Built with South Bay quartzite and Thousand Island pink granite, the wood-burning fireplace is equipped with log storage compartments.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Tudor in Westchester
What looks like a charming Tudor-style cottage is actually a two-car garage with an upstairs suite that doubles as a guest cottage or poolhouse with dressing rooms on the side. Designed by Significant Homes, the cottage's wood-burning fireplace is built with fieldstone from O&G Industries.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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A low fireplace is incorporated into the outdoor kitchen of this custom-built unit designed by architect Robert A. McGraw. Heights are kept low to take in views of Laguna Beach canyons and the coast.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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A gas-burning outdoor fireplace is the focal point when viewed from the living room of a Bartlesville, Oklahoma home designed by DRM Design Group. The surface is a custom blend of chopped stone.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Grapevine Arbor and Fireplalce
An Illinois backyard features a wood-burning fireplace with Eden Rockfaced Dimensional Veneer for vertical surfaces. Coping is covered with Rockfaced Bluestone to complement the home's flatwork.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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An old brick fireplace on a small patio is decorated with candles and assorted yard knicknacks.