An outdoor fireplace creates a warm and cozy environment during the winter season.
Typically a fireplace is found in a living room or lounge area and it’s used as a natural heating system for homes. But what about an outdoor fireplace?
More people are adding outdoor fireplaces to the exterior of their homes so they can enjoy the fresh air while still staying warm during cold days.
An outdoor fireplace is a perfect feature to have when you’re hosting events outside. You can create a natural ambient glow to your event and keep your guests warm.
If you’re looking for inspiration to build your own outdoor fireplace take a look at the eight best outdoor fireplace ideas that are making waves in the design industry (mainly focused on contemporary homes). You may find a design that will complement the exterior of your home.
1. Outdoor Victorian Cast Iron Outdoor Fireplace
Some fireplace designs are timeless and if you want to create an old gothic Victorian look to your outdoor space, opt for a cast iron fireplace.
Cast iron is dark in color so if you have white walls placing it on your patio or decking it well will create a beautiful contrast to your outdoor environment.
A cast iron fireplace isn’t simply used for its aesthetics but there are many benefits it can provide.
The reason cast iron fireplaces were used many years ago was because of their heat retention. A cast iron fireplace retains heat for longer than some other designs and radiates heat evenly.
Building a cast iron fireplace into an outdoor space will be ideal for people staying in snowy regions. It’s durable and won’t rust when exposed to moisture.
2. Natural Stone Outdoor Fireplace
There are many types of natural stone that can be used to construct a fireplace.
Typically marble is used for indoor structures but for an outdoor fireplace slate is more appealing. Slate comes in various tones so you can choose between a dark rustic look and a clean, lighter application.
For a modern appeal, instead of using bigger stones to frame the fireplace mouth, use straight-lined trimming and paint it with a color that will match the natural stone’s tone.
Build a standalone unit in the middle of a deck or build the fireplace into a wall.
Whatever your preference is, slate is an excellent choice of material for outdoor features as it repels mold and retains heat well.
Another advantage is that you can combine a stone wood grill with an outdoor fireplace.
A stone wood grill is excellent for outdoor parties if you want to cook up succulent meaty dishes for guests to enjoy.
3. A Streamlined Poolside Fire Pit
It’s fun swimming at night, but what do you do if there’s no warmth from the sun to dry you off when you’re done. So why not build a poolside fire pit to dry off and stay warm after your nightly swim?
For aesthetics, it’s best to stick to the same shapes when it comes to outdoor features so if you have a rectangle pool then opt for a square or rectangle fire pit.
Contemporary outdoor features are all about straight lines and organization so always make your modern outdoor features complement each other using shapes & colors.
Create a raised square poolside fire pit using paving stones or marble. Place black or white stones inside the fire pit and then light the fire. Use polished marble in any color of your choice to add an elegant gloss to your outdoor fire pit feature.
4. Round Fire Pit With Concrete Seating
An outdoor fireplace that’s fixed to a wall is ideal to keep a small group of people warm. But it won’t be suitable when you’re hosting bigger events. That’s why a raised circle fire pit is beneficial: you can create a focal point in your backyard and it’s practical for multiple people to gather around for a chat.
Build concrete walling around the pit with an added backrest so people can sit around the fire pit and roast marshmallows.
5. Old School Western Fire Pit
A western fire pit is easy to build and it’s ideal for any type of home. Simply dig a big hole in the ground and frame it with large rocks to enclose the pit. You can use concrete to line the hole to keep it neat, but this is optional. Stack a pile of wood in the middle and light it up.
This design is ideal if you want to create a makeshift camping area for the kids. It’s also ideal for cooking stew in an iron pot or make an old western roast over the hot coals.
6. A Pavilion Fireplace With Comfy Seating
A pavilion is a perfect place to add an outdoor fireplace. Simply build a wall in one of the sections of your pavilion to integrate your outdoor fireplace.
You can use any material of your choice but ideally, you want to use stone such as slate, granite or marble to build your outdoor fireplace.
Use an arched design or for a modern appeal simply build a square mouth. Paint the outdoor fireplace white and frame it with coral limestone to create more light inside your pavilion.
Place a big comfy couch facing the fireplace where you can sit and enjoy the warmth of your outdoor feature.
There are also fireplace tile ideas you can use for a fixed feature. If you want to keep the fireplace looking neat use natural stone to tile out the feature.
For fireplace tile ideas it’s always best to go for a glossy finish but for a rustic effect, you can select matt finished tiles.
7. Movable Outdoor Fire Feature
Have you ever seen a fire pit on wheels? They are smaller than your typical fire pits and they’re made from cast iron or any type of durable metal.
The movable fire feature can be designed using grids or swirling patterns around the edges. It can double as a table if you design a lid for the top when the feature isn’t being used.
Easily move the fire feature around to garden areas where you need heat or where it looks more aesthetically pleasing.
8. A Tiered Outdoor Fireplace With A Mantle
Use tiers with mantles on your outdoor fireplace so you can add decorative features to your application. This is ideal for seasonal holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, and Easter because you can easily add themed decorations to the mantles.
So now that you have eight outdoor fireplace ideas is there an application you liked? If you opt for any one of these designs leave us a comment below on how you created your outdoor fireplace. We love hearing from our readers and you may give someone else inspiration for building their dream outdoor fireplace.
Now you can have outdoor parties all year round. Keep warm during the winter months and create an ambient space by building an outdoor fireplace for you & your loved ones to enjoy.
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