Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas

Learn about the different options for outdoor fireplace designs.

Outdoor Great Room Fireplace Lantern

Outdoor Great Room Fireplace Lantern

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Outdoor fireplaces are great gathering places for friends and family, and they can be a valuable addition to any backyard, deck or outdoor living space. Ultimately, the outdoor fireplace that's right for your home's exterior space will be one that reflects your personality and your goals for fireside fun.

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Design a Fireside Retreat

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Materials and Structure

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Solid Advice

Natural Beauty

Use Local Resources

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Plush and Inviting

Evening Charm

Add Year-Round Comfort

Beautiful, Custom and Cozy

Intimate Elegance

Double-Sided Duty

Find the Perfect Fit

Ready for Company

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Shop to It

Salvage Materials

Just Heating Up

Roast and Relax

Built-In Arrangement

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Position it Right

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Decked Out

The first consideration when deciding on an outdoor fireplace design is whether your outdoor fireplace will be portable or permanent. Portable outdoor fireplaces obviously provide for virtually unlimited choice in terms of placement in your backyard or on your deck, and they now come in a number of different designs and finishes to suit just about any style of outdoor living space.

On the other hand, a permanent outdoor fireplace can add a real hint of luxury to your backyard or deck. Built-in or permanent outdoor fireplaces tend to require more extensive construction and are therefore generally more expensive than freestanding outdoor fireplaces.

Common materials for freestanding or built-in outdoor fireplaces are stone, stucco, tile and brick. You'll have plenty of designs to choose from, and matching your backyard or deck's overall design shouldn't be a problem. Outdoor fireplaces should always be located away from any potentially flammable items like trees or shrubs, and you should always use a spark guard and flame-resistant fire mat when your fireplace is in use. Also, be sure to check with your local fire department regarding their outdoor fire codes before installing your outdoor fireplace.

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