Another option for an outdoor fireplace is a fire pit. A fire-pit actually serves as a contained area to house a fire. Fire-pits can either be portable or built in.
Built-in fire-pits are a wonderful way to bring some beautiful hardscape to your yard to compliment your existing landscape. The built-in fire-pit must be built to have proper drainage to allow water to run off away from the pit. Fire-pits can either be wood burning or gas.