How Much Should I Expect to Pay for an Outdoor Fireplace?

While most everyone who wants to buy or build an outdoor fireplace can name an almost unlimited amount of design wishes, the reality is more likely to be such that the realizable options are constrained by the financial possibilities. Naturally, the most important question that any prospective fireplace owner wants to know the answer to is: “how much should I expect to pay for an outdoor fireplace?” Here, we try to give you the best possible answers to this question.

The costs and prices of outdoor fireplace strongly depend on the exact fireplace type and model. There are many types of outdoor fireplaces available on the market, the main distinction being between portable and permanent fireplaces. Among custom-built permanent fireplaces the other major distinction is between freestanding models and those built into walls or other structures.

Unsurprisingly, permanent built-in fireplaces are much more expensive than any of the other available options. An individually designed and built outdoor stone fireplace can become arbitrarily expensive, but it is reasonable to expect costs in the range of $3000-$5000 for an average fireplace consisting of a firebox, a mantelpiece and a chimney. Outdoor gas fireplace kits which contain prefabricated parts can already be found in the $500-$1000 range.

In contrast, portable fireplaces already start at very low prices. The most expensive among them are Mexican chimineas, which can be found starting from $200 for clay models, and starting from $400 for either iron or aluminum models. Less expensive are metal or clay fire pits which often can be found for about $100 at hardware stores or supermarkets. The least expensive option are simple fire rings which are usually made from metal and cost between $50 and $100.

Whatever option you choose for your outdoor fireplace, informing yourself at your local retailer or on the Internet about realistic prices will help you to avoid overpaying for your desired hearth.

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