Outdoor Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Get all the info you need on outdoor wood burning fireplaces, and get ready to install a traditional, warm and welcoming fireplace in your exterior living space.


Fire and Ice

A large stone fireplace and sitting area keeps this outdoor area useful year-round.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Danny Morris/Aqua Pools and Spas

Image courtesy of Danny Morris/Aqua Pools and Spas

A large stone fireplace and sitting area keeps this outdoor area useful year-round.
By: Sean McEvoy

If you're looking to add some warmth and a natural gathering, entertaining and even cooking venue to your backyard or outdoor living space, an outdoor wood burning fireplace may be a great choice. There are many options for adding a bit of heat, like and visual interest to your outdoor space, from fire pits to chimineas (also spelled "chimeneas"), but if you're looking for a sturdy, traditional option—or even if you're just partial to classic aroma of burning wood—look no further than an outdoor wood burning fireplace.

If you're contemplating any fire feature at all to your outdoor living space, the first and most important step is to choose a safe location. Steer well clear of any areas with overhanging tree branches or other vegetation, bushes that are directly adjacent to the fireplace, or even lots of dry grass underneath. Another option is to place your outdoor wood burning fireplace on top of hardscape or gravel, or, if it's located on a deck or patio, you should definitely incorporate a fire-retardant mat underneath.

When you've settled on a location, it's time to think about design for your outdoor wood-burning fireplace. Here you'll have almost innumerable options—you can have your fireplace custom-built and installed by a stone mason, you can build it yourself if you've got the skills, or you can  purchase a free-standing outdoor wood-burning fireplace from a home improvement store. Each option has positives and negatives—DIY is significantly less expensive, but requires sweat equity, time and serious skills. Hiring a contractor can give you the fireplace of your dreams, built to your precise specifications, but it'll cost a lot more. Finally, purchasing an outdoor fireplace kit or modular unit from a store is convenient and economical, but you'll be much more limited in terms of your design options.

One benefit of a free-standing outdoor fireplace kit is that many home improvement retailers offer customizable or fireplaces—you purchase an unadorned base model, then install the façade finish that suits your design aesthetic, whether it's stone, stucco, ceramic or metal. Alternatively, you can peruse a decent array of pre-fabricated styles in all of the above materials.

Next Up

Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas

Learn about the different options for outdoor fireplace designs.

Create Outdoor Garden Tool Storage From a Stock Tank

Keep your garden tools neatly tucked away and out of sight — without taking up valuable garage space — with this outdoor galvanized metal and cedar storage container.

Outdoor Lighting Options and Design Ideas for Your Backyard

Looking to light up your outdoor living spaces like a deck, patio or porch? Discover backyard lighting ideas that will transform your space. Plus, find clever DIY ideas, the newest lighting trends and product suggestions.

How to Make an Outdoor Spiral Bench With Built-In Planters

A bench doesn’t have to be a rectangle or square. Learn how to build a three-sided spiral bench with built-in planter boxes.

The Best Outdoor Privacy Screen Ideas for Every Space

From roller shades to faux ivy, we're sharing the best outdoor privacy screens for every style, space and budget — because your backyard should be a judgment-free zone.

How to Refinish Acacia Wood Outdoor Furniture

A more budget-friendly option to pricey teak, acacia wood outdoor furniture is easy to find — and easy to love — thanks to the wood's rich honey-hued finish when new. But over time, acacia wood weathers to a dull, splotchy look with a rough texture. Give your old, weathered outdoor furniture a smooth, like-new finish with our acacia wood refinishing tips.

How to Clean an Outdoor Umbrella

To keep your outdoor umbrella looking its best, regular and routine cleaning is a must.

Outdoor Kitchen Countertops Ideas

There are several options for outdoor kitchen countertops — natural stone, concrete and tile are the most popular.  What you choose should depend on your budget, climate and your particular backyard.

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

Have those outdoor cushions looking so fresh and so clean with our two simple and easy options.

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.

Go Shopping

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

Follow Us Everywhere

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