Buying Guide: Read This Before Buying an Outdoor Fireplace

The cozy glow of a fireplace can transform your patio into a relaxing living space. As people look for creative ways to enhance their outdoor space, an outdoor fireplace is a welcome addition.

Remodeling your home to include an outdoor fireplace for your covered patio can be incredibly expensive. The easiest, most wallet-friendly solution is to purchase a separate outdoor fireplace to enhance your home. At, we offer affordable outdoor fireplaces to suit your personal style. 

Let our guide get you started on finding the perfect outdoor fireplace.

Fireplace vs Firepit vs Heater

When it comes to outdoor heating solutions, there are plenty of options. How do you know which one is right for you? Start by asking yourself a few questions. Do you want a live fire, to roast marshmallows with friends? If the answer is yes, you may prefer a firepit. Firepits allow you to build a live fire, when you want one. Firepits are great for larger backyards and gardens Is warmth more important than ambience? Then an infrared heater may be a better choice for your patio.  

Patio heaters are great for heating your entire patio area, ideal for especially cold climates. Do you want a fireplace that provides beauty and warmth? An electric fireplace provides both. Many of our electric fireplace models can be used indoors and outdoors. Learn more about patio heaters and firepits by checking out this post for more on How to Decide Between a Patio Heater and Fire Pit.

What to Look For

  • Style: Outdoor fireplaces are available in a wide variety of styles; from rustic to ultra-sleek and modern. Wall mount fireplaces are easy to install and look beautiful with any décor. Get that custom look with a built-in  electric fireplace. Create an outdoor living room with a fireplace and TV stand in one.
  • Size: Your outdoor fireplace should complement the size of your patio. Too large and it will overwhelm the space. Too small and it will look insignificant. The size can also affect how much warmth the fireplace can provide.
  • Safety Features: Safety is always important with fireplaces, but especially when it comes to outdoor fireplaces. To use an electric fireplace outside, it must be rated for outdoor use. Look for safety features like ventless heat, automatic shut off, cool-to-the-touch front, and outdoor cover.
  • BTU: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and is used for measuring the amount of energy needed to raise one pound of water by one degree. How to Calculate BTU’s by Square Foot. To properly heat your patio, research fireplaces with the heating capacity of at least 300 square feet. See more at How Many BTUs and Patio Heaters Do I Need for My Patio.
  • Special Features: Dazzling special features like changing flame color, heatless flame, remote control, and timers, can draw you in to a specific fireplace. Don’t be distracted by all the extras, though.  Choose a high quality fireplace that will last for years by researching the qualities that are most important to you first.

Our Favorites

This gorgeous electric fireplace has an 18” viewing area with yellow, blue, orange, rose, and violet flames. This Remii model is specifically meant to be placed in a wall, nook, or custom setting on your patio, or anywhere indoors.

Ideal for creating an indoor-outdoor space, this fireplace entertainment center from Albrite has it all. Depending on the insert you choose for your fireplace, it can heat up to 1,000 square feet! Eco friendly and stylish, this fireplace will help you create the outdoor living room of your dreams.

This stunning fireplace is meant to be viewed from almost every angle. With 13 colors that dance at the click of a button, the Amantii fireplace will light up your patio with or without heat.

Find the Right Outdoor Fireplace For You

Explore our full catalogue to find incredible fireplaces, tabletop heaters, firepits, infrared heaters, and more, for every part of your home or business. Our experts are available seven days a week to help you find the perfect fireplace for your patio and answer other questions about our products. We offer free shipping, with no sales tax, with every order! Your perfect outdoor fireplace is waiting for you.

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