The addition of an outdoor fireplace can be an amazing and transformative experience. Not only does it create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, but it can also provide warmth during chilly nights and is a great focal point for entertaining friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a rustic wood-burning outdoor fireplace or a sleek and modern gas outdoor fireplace, there are plenty of options to consider.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some tips for choosing the perfect outdoor fireplace for your space and discuss building and installation considerations. Let’s get started!


Choose the Right Spot for Your Fireplace

The first step is choosing the right spot for your fireplace. You want it to be close enough to the house so that you still get the warmth without having to venture too far outside, but not so close that it poses a safety hazard. Additionally, ensure there aren’t any overhanging branches or other obstacles that could cause problems.


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Decide on a Type of Fuel

The type of fuel you use for your outdoor fireplace will have a significant impact on both its appearance and functionality. Common fuels include wood, propane and natural gas – each of which has pros and cons. 

Factors like cost, environmental impact, and availability should all be considered when deciding which fuel is right for you. Here are some of the most popular fuel types:


Wood burning is the most traditional form of fuel for outdoor fireplaces and pits. It produces a natural warmth that can make any backyard gathering feel more intimate and rustic. Wood as a fuel is a low-cost entry point for those wanting to add warmth and light to their backyard. Wood-burning units require more maintenance when compared to other types, though. Outdoor wood-burning features require regular cleaning and refueling to ensure safety and optimal functionality. 


Propane is one of the easiest fuels to light as it requires no additional lighting source (other than an igniter). In addition, most propane-powered fireplaces come with their own tank or regulator, so they are completely self-contained units. Propane is also very cost-effective since it is relatively inexpensive compared to other more expensive fuels such as gas.

Natural Gas

Natural gas fire units provide a great way to enjoy an outdoor fireplace without constantly refueling your unit. Gas-burning outdoor fireplaces offer similar features found on wood-burning models but with a few key advantages such as faster start times, less maintenance due to not needing refueling or regular cleanings, and controllable heat settings – making them ideal if you’re looking for more precise control over your flame. Natural gas can also be used with various design styles – making them one of the most versatile options available. However, natural gas requires professional installation to ensure proper safety protocols are met.


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Selecting the Right Materials for your Outdoor Fireplace

When deciding on the materials for building the structure of your outdoor fireplace, consider the size, shape, and design elements that would fit best into your overall backyard theme or décor scheme. Materials like brick or stone veneer are popular choices because they retain heat better than other options while still creating an aesthetically pleasing look. It’s important to note that building an outdoor fireplace can be a complicated process, which is why we suggest hiring a professional like Integrity Hardscapes to design and install your fire feature to ensure your fireplace is stable, functions correctly, and is a safe structure. 


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Types of Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add ambiance, warmth, and conversation-sparking design elements to your backyard oasis. However, with so many types of outdoor fireplaces available – from built-in pits to tabletop units and suspended “fire bowls” – it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. Below are a few of the most popular types of outdoor fireplaces and their key characteristics:

Built-in Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces are beautiful and traditional. They bring the beauty of an indoor fireplace outside, lending to the aesthetics of your outdoor patio or deck. These features may be constructed of many different types of materials, from brick, stone, veneer, stucco, metal, and more. While this type of feature may take up more space than a fire pit, they add a level of sophistication to your outdoor space. 

Built-In Fire Pits

Built-in fire pits provide an efficient way to enjoy a traditional campfire experience in your own backyard. Their permanent structure also creates an inviting area for guests, with plenty of seating space around them. They can be constructed out of materials like stone or brick, making them more expensive than portable models due to needing professional installation. However, they often provide greater efficiency when it comes to burning fuel and conserving heat.

Tabletop Fire Pits

Tabletop fire pits are a great option if portability is important, as they can easily be moved from location to location depending on where you’d like your flame. When placed on a sturdy base or table, these smaller models create a cozy atmosphere without taking up too much space or creating too much heat. It’s crucial when using tabletop fire pits to use a level surface to reduce the risk of tipping over, as this could lead to serious safety issues.


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Outdoor Fireplace Design and Installation With Integrity Hardscapes

Adding an outdoor fireplace can transform any backyard space’s look and atmosphere, from providing warmth during cold evenings spent with friends and family to creating an elegant focal point among lush greenery. Investing in an outdoor fireplace is definitely worth considering! Do you have questions on the best type of outdoor fireplace for your home? Contact Integrity Hardscapes today to schedule your consultation!