10 best outdoor fireplace ideas to create your perfect backyard area
There is nothing like the warmth and elegance that a fire brings to outdoor living spaces, and there is no better way to extend your enjoyment of the outdoors into the cooler months than by adding an outdoor fireplace.
However, with so many different styles, materials and fuel types on the market, shopping for the right outdoor fireplace can take a lot of time and energy. We’re here to help!
Take a look at our blog on how to choose the right outdoor fireplace to read about technical considerations around combustion, design and installation.
Then, make sure to check municipal bylaws in your area, in order to avoid any potential problems with regional restrictions or the fire department.
We’ve compiled these outdoor fireplace ideas in the hope that they will inspire you to create your own perfect, cozy backyard area with options that suit your needs, budget and taste.
1. Outdoor Globe Fireplace
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While providing much-needed comfort and warmth, this outdoor wood fireplace is also an excellent way to add unique shapes to the landscape of your outdoor space. Consider adding a “great ball of fire” to highlight gardens, water features, pools or sitting areas. With steel construction, these pieces are a safe and durable option for the outdoors. While typically wood-burning, some may be converted to use gel canisters for easier clean-up. Many outdoor globe fireplaces are designed with intricately shaped patterns that also serve to make the structures pieces of art even when a fire is not burning.
Start shopping for your globe fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Globe Shaped Metal "Welcome" With Moose And Trees Decorative Fire Pit
- Homerun Garden of Eden 30-in Black Steel Wood-burning Fire Pit
If you have a small backyard, a portable outdoor propane fireplace that fits on top of a patio or coffee table could be a good solution for you! These handy fireplaces can also be fueled with gel canisters or bio-ethanol fuel. They come in a variety of styles, shapes and colours, which make them a relatively low-cost design element that can help you put your own stamp on a small space.
Start shopping for your tabletop fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
An outdoor fireplace table is a large, flat, horizontal structure that looks great in the centre of patios, bars, or sitting areas. These sleek pieces provide powerful outdoor heating solutions and can be electric, fueled by hidden propane tanks or connected to a natural gas line. Taller tables make great dividers for patios or pools and are available in a variety of colours and finishes.
Start shopping for your outdoor fireplace table by checking out some of our favourite selections:
Borrowing from the traditional look of a wood stove, this outdoor wood fireplace provides warmth, scale and function to your cozy backyard area. This classic design features heavy-duty black steel construction with an attached mesh screen for safety from sparks and a 360-degree unobstructed view. This type of outdoor fireplace comes in a variety of sizes, styles and material and some models may connect to a natural gas line. These pieces are sometimes called chimineas.
Start shopping for your chimney fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Homerun Garden of Eden 23-in Black Steel Wood-burning Fire Pit
- Hampton Bay 56-inch Outdoor Cone Chimney Fireplace
A fire bowl is an outdoor propane fireplace that can sometimes connect to a natural gas line or be converted to use gel canisters or bio-ethanol fuel. Its half-round structure holds a fire in its centre, making it a great option for an inviting sitting area. This outdoor fireplace can be made of stone, concrete, steel or mixed materials. Due to its heavy-duty design elements, fire bowls offer a minimal, clean aesthetic with long-lasting durability.
Start shopping for your fire bowl by checking out some of our favourite selections:
A two-sided fireplace is an ambitious backyard addition that definitely provides a wow-factor! With two tempered glass sides, you can look straight through a warm and cozy fire onto your deck or garden, making this a great solution for spaces that require a divider. This piece is available in multiple finishes, or you have the option to purchase just the insert to install yourself or with the help of a trusted landscape contractor. This outdoor gas fireplace is fueled by a connection to your natural gas line, however there are also many options that use a bio-ethanol fuel source that can be purchased from a local hardware store.
Start shopping for your two-sided fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Matte Black Santa Cruz 2 Sided Bio-Ethanol Fuel Outdoor Fireplace
- Stainless Steel Wellington Bio-Ethanol Fireplace
- Strauser Double Sided Ethanol Fireplace Insert
7. Outdoor Steel Fire Pit
A steel fire pit is a durable, inexpensive and easy to set up option for outdoor living spaces. This outdoor wood fireplace often comes with a matching mesh fire cover used to protect those around the fire from stray sparks that may travel a bit too far from the crackling fire. It also often comes with a steel fire poker for stoking the fire. Many outdoor steel fireplaces boast ornate designs and finishes, giving you the freedom to add a splash of personal taste and style.
Start shopping for your steel fire pit by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Homerun Garden of Eden 22-in Black with Brushed Red Steel Wood-burning Fire Pit
- Pleasant Hearth Vienna Fire Pit
- Hampton Bay Canadiana Black Steel Outdoor Fire Pit
8. Outdoor Stone Fireplace
The tumbled, well-weathered look of stone adds rustic charm and texture to outdoor living spaces that will never go out of style. An outdoor stone fireplace can be wood-burning, fueled by propane or connected to a natural gas line. Larger pieces need to be designed and installed with the help of a trusted landscape contractor, however you can purchase outdoor fireplace kits at home and hardware stores that many home-owners can install independently with little help. Stone is a classic and durable option for your space, regardless of the style of decor.
Start shopping for your outdoor stone fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Permacon Beltis Fire Pit Kit
- Real Flame Sedona Square Propane Fire Table
- Steel Propane/Natural Gas Outdoor Fireplace
9. Outdoor Copper Fireplace
One way to bring radiance, colour, and warmth to your cozy backyard area is to add copper accents, such as an outdoor fireplace with a copper basin. An outdoor copper fireplace is usually wood-burning, however some gas fireplaces feature copper flues or other design elements. Not only is copper a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, it is also extremely durable and rust-proof. As it is exposed to the elements, it will develop a gorgeous patina, however this can be cleaned away at any time to restore its original shine.
Start shopping for your copper fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Outsunny Copper-coloured Basin Fire Pit Bowl
- Latitude Run® Absolon Copper Wood Burning Fire Pit
- DeckMate Avondale Outdoor Patio Portable Steel Bowl Fire Pit, Copper (2 Pack)
10. Outdoor Clay Fireplace
If you are interested in a more rustic look that uniquely embodies old-world charm, or if you want to introduce more texture into your space, you can consider a clay fireplace. This outdoor wood fireplace is often hand-made and offers natural clay construction, making it lighter but sometimes less durable than its metal or stone counterparts. Keep in mind that when purchasing a clay fireplace, there are typically two types available: kiln dried (treated) or air dried (untreated). Kiln dried clay fireplaces are usually pre-painted, sealed, and ready to use. Air dried clay fireplaces need to be sealed or painted before they can be used to hold a fire. Keep in mind that these pieces should be put away or covered for winter in colder temperatures to prevent cracks.
Start shopping for your clay fireplace by checking out some of our favourite selections:
- Vintiquewise Outdoor Clay Chiminea Sun Design Charcoal Burning Fire Pit with Metal Stand
- Foundry Select Outdoor Clay Chiminea Sun Design Charcoal Burning Fire Pit With Metal Stand
- Arlmont & Co. Clay Terrace Heater/BBQ W/Iron Stand
When it comes to creating your perfect, cozy backyard area, don’t forget that investing in the right outdoor fireplace accessories can add a lot of character to the space. Consider what types of tools you may want to keep close by your outdoor fireplace, such as a poker, spark guard, or storage solutions for your fuel. For example, log racks to store wood for outdoor wood fireplaces are also a beautiful, rustic design feature.
Also, consider how you are going to use your outdoor fireplace. Will you be roasting marshmallows with the kids? A fire pit is well suited for that. You can also try adding a fun product to change the colour of the flames. Do you want an outdoor fireplace to serve as a divider for a space? An outdoor fire table or two-sided fireplace would be more appropriate.
Finally, consider the eventual location of your outdoor fireplace. If it needs to weather the elements all year round, consider steel or copper. If you opt for clay, do not leave it outside as moisture and changes in temperatures make it more likely to crack.
We hope these outdoor fireplace ideas inspire you to explore the different options available and find one that suits your needs, budget and taste.
Above all, the most important thing is to safely enjoy your outdoor fireplace as much as possible for as long as possible!