Outdoor Fireplace Kits

Get all the info you'll need on outdoor fireplace kits, and prepare to install an efficient and economical outdoor fireplace in your exterior living space.

Build an oven in your backyard with a DIY Oven Kit.

Backyard Oven Kit

Build an oven in your backyard with a DIY Oven Kit.

Build an oven in your backyard with a DIY Oven Kit.
By: Sean McEvoy

If installing an outdoor fireplace is on your agenda, but you're not looking to break the bank on a big-budget, custom-designed fireplace, you may want to explore the many available options for outdoor fireplace kits. Currently available in just about every design style, and ranging from traditional wood-burning to gas and propane fired, outdoor fireplace kits offer the warmth and cozy elegance of an outdoor fireplace, often at a fraction of the cost of a custom-built fireplace.

Whereas an installed and custom-built fireplace will require you to hire a stone-mason (unless you've got serious stone-carving skills yourself) and likely cost you a pretty penny, outdoor fireplace kits are available from a wide array of local and national hardware retailers, both online and in-store. In general, full kits will cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500, in the low to mid-range pricing tiers. Higher-end kits are available with various amenities, including cooking features like pizza ovens, lighting and higher-quality stone.

For the most part, outdoor fireplace kits resemble an indoor fireplace—they generally feature a base, fireplace, and chimney—but whereas the chimney rises all the way through the roof in a home, outdoor fireplaces usually feature shorter chimneys that simply open a few or several feet above the fireplace.

When it comes to choosing materials for your outdoor fireplace kit, you'll have several options, with one common limitation: in general, outdoor fireplace kits feature a stone "finish" over their base. This simply means that a thin veneer of stone has been attached to the face of the fireplace, as opposed to the entire fixture being carved from stone or created wholesale from brick, for example. While this can work for in-home fireplaces or even fixed-location outdoor ones, fireplace kits by their nature need to be portable, and therefore this design ensures that they won't be too heavy to transport from the retailer to your home, and then, if you so desire, to multiple locations within your backyard or outdoor living space. The finish you choose for your outdoor fireplace kit can match your overall outdoor space design, or you can choose a more daring design—but you'll have plenty of options, from all types of stone to many ceramics, brick and even metals.

In terms of functionality, outdoor fireplace kits generally fall into three categories: wood-burning, gas or propane-fired. For a wood-burning fireplace, you'll need nothing more than a safe place (clear of any tree branches or bushes) to put it and a steady supply of firewood. For a gas fireplace, you'll need to hook the fixture up to a gas line—this is fairly simple to do. Lastly, a propane outdoor fireplace kit will need to be connected to a gas line that runs to a propane tank—which you'll need to regularly supply with propane.

Next Up

How to Make a Kids' Mud Kitchen + Activity Table

Keep the kids entertained for hours with this outdoor play bench where they can cook up muddy creations, build sand castles or play with tractors all day long.

How to Make a Cardboard Holiday Fireplace

Save those TV boxes from Black Friday and turn them into a charming fireplace for Christmas.

The Best Outdoor Storage Sheds on Amazon

Today’s storage shed options are more attractive than you think.

DIY Rainbow Doormat

Brighten up your entryway with this easy DIY doormat.

DIY Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Illuminated Life-Size Witch

Light up your yard and greet trick-or-treaters with this easy-to-make, lovely lady.

How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Transform your backyard into an open-air movie theater with this easy DIY screen made from PVC pipes and a white sheet.

How to Build a Privacy Wall With Fence Panels

Instead of putting up an entire fence, build a unique barrier with freestanding wood panels that will add curb appeal and style.

10 Essential Outdoor Fire Pit Safety Rules

Keep your family safe by knowing the safety rules for gas or wood-burning outdoor fires. Plus, learn about the best fire pit tools, tips for having a fire pit on a deck or under a pergola, and what type of wood to burn in a fire pit.

Turn a Plywood Board Into Easy DIY Outdoor Art

Does your patio, porch or deck have a case of the blahs? We'll show you how to easily stencil a plywood board to turn it into colorful outdoor art that can stand up to the elements.

The Best Chimineas to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space

From midcentury modern to Southwestern, these outdoor chimineas are stylish and ready for cool nights.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.