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As the days get longer, many people are looking for ways to improve their outdoor space to make it more comfortable for lounging and entertaining. While some people prefer fire pits and others turn to fire pit tables to make their patios or decks more inviting, fireplaces offer a stylish alternative and are usually available at relatively affordable prices as well. Chimneys are probably of Mayan origin and became more widely used in cities and towns in southern Mexico in the early 17th century. The traditional freestanding clay vessel is squat, with a round gourd-shaped base, a wide mouth for firewood, and a narrow cylindrical neck.

Chimneys were initially placed in the center of houses for cooking and eating, later serving as outdoor ovens mainly used for baking bread. Today’s fireplaces range from classic design updates to sleek, modern options in styles to suit every budget. Read on for our top recommendations, plus tips to consider before shopping.

Best Fireplaces

    What to consider

    Style and size should be your main considerations when buying a fireplace. You’ll also want to think about location, as most are wood-burning and unsafe for wood decks. There aren’t as many fireplaces on the market as other types of fireplaces, but unlike regular wood-burning fireplaces, fireplaces direct smoke up and away from the seats. The majority of fireplaces on the market are updated versions of traditional clay, vintage-inspired cast iron options, or steel fireplaces with a rustic, weathered look that develops a beautiful patina with age.

    Fewer choices are available for those with modern taste, although there are fireplaces with a more basic functional design that will blend well with contemporary decor. Additional features to look out for include spark guards and pokers, covers for fireplace tops, and grill grates if you want your fireplace to double as a barbecue.

    How we selected

    Our list includes fireplaces in the most popular styles with average user ratings of 4 stars or more. They span multiple price points from budget to premium, and we’ve considered the quality of materials used and the additional features mentioned above, along with reviewing photos and customer reviews to make our final selections. We also highlight the most notable specs for each fireplace we write about.

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    Economic purchase

    Wood-burning fireplace

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 45.7 x 22 x 22 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • Main materials: Alloy steel; melting
    • Weight: 40 pounds

    This reasonably priced wood-burning fireplace features attractive geometric ironwork on its door, as well as curved legs and a small tray at the base for storing logs. The wrap-around mesh spark guard ensures everyone who lounges on your patio set stays toasty, and the piece comes complete with a poker, as well as a mesh cover and top hood.


    Best Upgrade

    Nyora Chiminea

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 53 x 21 x 21 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • Main materials: Melting; steel
    • Weight: 52.3 pounds

    With embossed cast iron and vintage-inspired details, this wood-burning fireplace is a customer favorite, with an average rating of 4.6 stars from over 180 reviews. It has a beautiful antique bronze finish and comes with an included top cap and poker hook, as well as an ash catcher and log grate. The open-sided ironwork can prevent embers from escaping, but there’s no spark arrester, which may be an inconvenience for some.


    Best Classic Updated

    Midgard Chimney

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 49.2 x 21.6 x 21.6 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Clay
    • Weight: 66 pounds

    If you like the idea of ​​a traditional fireplace but tend to favor a more modern design, this clay option is a great choice. It has clean lines, with a tonal gray finish and subtle decorative details throughout. It sits on a black metal stand with curving legs, is topped with a clay lid, and has a wide mouth for loading it with firewood.


    best rustic

    Chiminea tide

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 70 x 23.5 x 23.5 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Steel
    • Weight: 38 pounds

    This eye-catching steel fireplace features an aged rust finish that will take on a richer patina over time. Its triangular silhouette is a striking take on the classic style, with short legs at the base, a mesh firescreen door, and generous space for firewood. It stands almost six feet high and there is a well-designed top that prevents rainwater from reaching the flames.


    best modern

    Trek Chiminea

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 49.3 x 14.3 x 14.3 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Steel
    • Weight: 20.6 pounds

    There aren’t a ton of affordable modern fireplaces available, but this one offers a sleek design at a reasonable price. The black powder-coated steel piece tapers from bottom to top, and the only other noticeable detail to its sleek, chic silhouette are the simple cutouts for the fire pit and logs, both of which have grates. There is also an ashtray and a poker included.


    Ideal for grilling

    Gatsby Chiminea

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 44 x 20 x 20 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Aluminium fusion
    • Weight: 65 pounds

    If you’re looking for a fireplace with an antique vibe — and a grill to boot — the Gatsby from New Mexico-based Blue Rooster Company is your best bet. It is expensive, but its quality is excellent and is made from solid rust resistant cast aluminum.

    Highlights include a sleek base with intricate scrollwork, carry handles and a spark-proof fireplace neck insert. The grill is hidden under the top of the removable chimney and there are two cast iron grills for the firewood and for the barbecue.


    Most versatile design

    Clayton Steel Chimney

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 60 x 22 x 22 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Steel
    • Weight: 30.6 pounds

    There’s a lot to love about this fireplace, starting with its simple and attractive design that pairs well with just about any style of outdoor furniture.

    It’s made from steel, with a rust-resistant black finish and three angled legs, and it has a small footprint, so it’s ideal for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of space. Still, it has a sizable fire bowl for its size, and at 5 feet tall, it has enough presence to stand out in your sitting area.


    Better madness

    Venetian fireplace

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 52 x 22 x 22 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Melting
    • Weight: 85 pounds

    This cast iron fireplace designed with an Italian flair features an extra large grill to cook everything from burgers to wood-fired pizzas. The firebox can accommodate logs up to 20 inches long and the grill grate is hidden under the removable top. Other features include carry handles (a good thing since it weighs 85 pounds), a spark arrestor and poker, and a bottle of touch-up paint.


    Best Mini

    Houk Chiminea

    Key specs

    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 28 x 15 x 15 inches
    • Fuel type: Wood
    • main material: Melting
    • Weight: 50.6 pounds

    For very small spaces, including cement balconies and postage stamp-sized urban patios, this small cast iron fireplace will do the job. It stands just over 2 feet tall and weighs around 50 pounds, with a rust-resistant black powder coated finish, a removable top cover, and a firebox over a foot tall and wide.

    “Perfect little fireplace for my patio,” says one five-star reviewer. “It was easy to put together, and it’s easy to make a fire in this little dynamo.”

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