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16 Fabulous Outdoor Fireplaces

Add warmth and ambience to your outdoor room with a fireplace.

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    • Keep It Portable

      While outdoor fireplaces can be big, beautiful, and elaborate (we'll show you a few of those in the upcoming slides), they can also be quaint and easy to move, such as this copper fire bowl.

    • Soften the Stone

      Because fireplaces are often made from stone, they can seem cold and harsh in the landscape. Soften yours with container gardens or vines that climb on the structure. (Be sure to keep them away from the opening and any vents, though.)

    • Add Privacy

      Use a large fireplace to make your patio more private and cozy. The one shown here acts as another wall, helping shield the patio from the busy world beyond.

    • Take Advantage of a Chimney

      Adding a fireplace to the outside of your home -- especially if you already have a chimney -- can be a great way to add interest to your home's architecture and give you another place to enjoy the outdoors.

    • Add to a Retaining Wall

      Don't let a plain old retaining wall make your yard feel ho-hum. This fireplace beautifully dresses up a hillside. Bonus: Because it's on a slope, the fireplace doesn't block a view or take up valuable space.

    • Keep It Simple

      You don't need to go overboard with an outdoor fireplace -- especially if you have a great view or other focal point. A low but stylish fire pit still creates plenty of ambience on a deck or patio.

    • Turn On the Light

      Let's face it: The main reason for a fireplace is its ambience. Enhance the warm glow by adding even more light. Here, a collection of candles on the mantel, and tucked away in the wall, casts an enchanting scene.

    • Make a Poolside Destination

      Re-create an amenity of a high-class resort by putting a small fireplace by your pool. It's a perfect way to warm up after an early-morning or nighttime swim!

    • Dress Up a Deck

      This deck and pergola combination creates a comfortable outdoor destination all its own, but a grand fireplace is a finishing touch. It's a perfect way to make a deck cozier.

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      Don't Be Square

      Create an intriguing destination by using curves instead of straight lines. This fireplace is a beautiful addition to the landscape and, thanks to its organic shape, blends in well with the surroundings.

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      Be Contemporary

      Though it's a simple design of rusted sheets of metal accented with a galvanized "mantel," this outdoor fireplace adds a bold, contemporary focal point to an otherwise run-of-the-mill ranch home.

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      Pump Up the Color

      If you have an outdoor fireplace, you want it to be special. Unfortunately, some aren't built that way. Here, a simple nook in a gray stone wall is accented by a set of brightly colored chairs and a couple of side tables.

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      Tile in Style

      Embellish an outdoor fireplace with a ceramic tile. The wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors allows you to personalize your fireplace so it reflects your personality and matches the overall feel of your landscape.

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      Accent Your Kitchen

      Whether it's for roasting marshmallows, creating a lovely glow, or providing heat, a fireplace is a perfect accent for an outdoor kitchen. It's also a great gathering point for after the meal.

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      Add Drama

      Create a focal point with a large stone fireplace. This one features rough fieldstone, which gives it a rustic look that fits well with the wooded setting. Ledges mark the edge of this outdoor room and offer guests a place to sit and enjoy the fire.

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      Include Seating

      Raising the hearth brings the fire within better view and allows for easier fire-tending. Built-in ledges have space for plants and double as extra seating.

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