So what is the most cost-effective exterior fireplace idea? Especially if a normal fireplace is out of the budget?
Depending on your needs, here are a few ideas:
- Wood Burning is cheaper than a gas fireplace. A simple but true fact!
- Use a less expensive material and reduce the size and features of the fireplace. Features like a the hearth, mantel, wood boxes, and walls can add a good deal of cost to any outdoor fireplace
- Swap out a firepit to a fireplace: Firepits, as we have talked about extensively, can be very flexible while built. This means materials can be mixed or a bit cheaper, and can be wood burning or gas–depending on where you want to spend your money.
Within the firepit category, we recommend using a prefabricated outdoor fireplace kit rather than a custom firepit which could include mortar and chiseled stone. These can get pricey quickly, so, if you are looking to save money–stick with the firepit kits. Fireplace kits typically come with all the materials needed, including bricks, chimneys, and a firebox. The kits can also range in price depending on the size and materials.
In complete conclusion, the best fireplace will come with the best budget–you really do get what you pay for.
However, even if you don’t have elaborate budgets for elaborate outdoor fireplaces, we hope that we have provided you with other good options.