Outdoor Brick Fireplace Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

An outdoor fireplace is a simple, low cost way to add value to your home and to create a memorable space for entertaining guests, dining alfresco or cozying up with a book. When it comes to choosing the materials for an outdoor fireplace, brick is a traditional choice that will give you a sturdy finished product with a classic look.

Box Style Brick Fireplaces

A box style brick fireplace is simple, minimal and suitable for an outdoor space where you don't want to run the risk of the fireplace overwhelming the rest of the area. A box style fireplace is exactly as it sounds: the fireplace is in the shape of a box with one hollow side where the fire burns. Such a style allows the fireplace to fulfil its function without taking over the space. This is suitable for smaller backyards and outdoor areas that don't have a lot of extra space.

Chimney Style Brick Fireplaces

A chimney style fireplace is most suitable for larger outdoor spaces where the fireplace will act as one of the main gathering areas. This type of brick fireplace can be the focal point of an outdoor area, where it can be surrounded by with lots of comfortable chairs. A chimney style fireplace is very traditional and the brick makes it look even more classic. Its rustic style evokes country homes and log cabins.

Brick Oven Fireplaces

Brick oven style fireplaces are typically rectangular and about shoulder height. The opening of the fireplace is rectangular with a slightly curved top, clearly reminiscent of a vintage brick oven. Such a distinctive fireplace is best for the outdoor environment that wants a slightly period, old fashioned look. Brick effortlessly carries such a style and will complement classically cut wood or even wrought iron outdoor furniture, making your outdoor space feel like you've stepped into another time.

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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."