Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplace
Find out all you need to know about options for an outdoor wood burning fireplace.
If you're looking to add some warmth and a natural gathering place to your backyard or outdoor living space, an outdoor wood burning fireplace may be a great option. There are many choices for adding a bit of fire to your outdoor space, from fire pits to chimineas, but if you're looking for a solid, traditional option and the classic wood burning experience, look no further than an outdoor wood burning fireplace.
Materials and Structure
"Traditionally, outdoor fireplaces were made of brick and needed a foundation to be laid before they were built," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Browse pictures of this outdoor living room from HGTV's 2012 Dream Home.
A porthole mirror and potted plants dress up this outdoor fireplace. Courtyard seating faces the fireplace, creating the perfect spot for company and conservation. Design by Chris Johnson
Find the Perfect Fit
A fire pit is one of the many focal points in this deck's multi-level design. A built-in bench curves around the fire pit for toasty seating on chilly nights. Photo courtesy of Trex
Ready for Company
The entertaining deck at HGTV's 2012 Dream Home offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest winter's evening. This fire pit has a modern design and features four separate gas units.
The first step in adding any fire feature to your outdoor living space is to choose a safe spot. You'll want to avoid any areas with overhanging tree branches or other vegetation, directly adjacent bushes, or lots of dry grass underneath. Placing your outdoor wood burning fireplace on top of hardscape or gravel is an even better idea.
Once you've chosen a location, it's time to think about design. You've got plenty of options—you can have your fireplace custom built and installed by a professional, build it yourself, or purchase a free standing outdoor wood burning fireplace from a home improvement store.
Each option has benefits and potential drawbacks: DIY is cheaper but will take time and energy and requires significant expertise; hiring a contractor will likely mean a fireplace built to your exact specifications, but it'll cost more; and purchasing from a store is convenient and economical but it means you may be limited in terms of design options.
The one benefit of a free-standing outdoor fireplace these days is that many retailers offer "skinnable" fireplaces—so for example, you can buy the base model of the fireplace, and then add stone or brick to the outside for a finish that matches your design aesthetic and that of your home and outdoor living space.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
- Outdoor Gas Fireplaces
- Propane vs. Natural Gas for an Outdoor Fireplace
- How to Plan for Building an Outdoor Fireplace
- Prefab and Modular Outdoor Fireplaces
- Fireplaces Warm Up Patios, Outdoor Rooms
- Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas