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29 Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Fireplaces extend your time outdoors: You can move outside earlier in spring and stay there longer into fall. From fancy to rustic, portable to permanent, find a design to suit your home’s architecture and your living style.

Fire pit

Gravel crunches underfoot in this sunken seating area behind a garage. 

Classy curves

Frame a view with columns and a curving fireplace.

Rooftop fireplace

This striking fireplace anchors a Chicago rooftop garden.

More photos from the rooftop garden

Table topper

Flames flicker at eye level if you use a tablesize fire pit (burning ethanol). Despite its size, it generates warmth and cheer. 

Make connections

Stone and brick combine in this fireplace and the wall behind the hot tub for a pulled-together look.

Seating area

The raised hearth adds perches to this seating area, with an adjacent dining spot.

Tradition with a twist

The back of this rather traditional home gets a fresh twist with the addition of a fireplace. 

Balancing styles

Wood and stone provide substantial weight to a rustic scene accented with modern furniture.

Warm spaces

This Indiana homeowner built benches, walkways and decks around the fire pit. 

Bold statement

A tower of poured concrete makes a bold statement.

Simply stunning

The fire pit in this Chicago home's backyard is a simple portable unit. But the fall-color plantings make it stunning. 

French touch

Embellishment makes this an airy piece even as it anchors a pavered seating area.

Chiminea styles

Mexican chimineas come is all shapes, sizes and materials. Natural materials merge in this woodland garden in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Full kitchen

No need to head inside for meals with this elaborate setup! 

Ultra mod

Long and low, the fire draws attention to the sunken living area.

Flowing look

The flowing lines of brick and stone turn the back of a house into a thing of beauty and warmth.

Transitional use

When summer ends the need for heat, keep the fireplace a focal point by filling it with plants. 

Spring warmth

Courtyard walls contain the heat of this unit, making any seat comfy.

Big and bold

The size of this fireplace makes a bold statement all year. The materials withstand the Glencoe, Illinois, winters.

Two sides to the story

This Spanish-style two-sided fireplace heats two seating areas. 

Modern lines

From the trellis overhead to the angle of the chimney, this scene’s geometry reads modern.

Not-quite cottage

Though in a cozy corner of a cottagey backyard, this setting has some modern touches—striped upholstery, bug pillows, gray furniture. 

Brick works

This is a spacious yet cozy patio because of all the brick and wood. The fireplace contributes to that feeling, too.

Fire pit

Gravel crunches underfoot in this sunken seating area behind a garage. 

Triple the heat

A wood-burning grill joins a barbecue for a powerhouse of heat—for food and people. Note the bright red fireplace at the head of the table for added warmth.

Spanish style

A tiled mantel continues the Spanish theme of the white stucco and red tile roof.

Table height

Reach your hands out or put your feet up—this fire pit puts your heat where you want it. 

Solid spot

A stone fire pit underscores the solid nature of the built-in seating. 

Hearth works

Indoors or out, a raised hearth puts a fire where you can most enjoy it. The stone surround complements nature's beauty.

Conversation circle

Pull up a few Adriondack chairs around a portable unit and you've created a warm circle for conversation like at this Twin Cities home.

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