Modular Fireplace with Chimney
Next is a pre-built, modular outdoor fireplace with proper chimney and “spark arrestor”. These come in many shapes, sizes, and colors to coordinate with your existing landscape or new patio. They can be veneered in block or natural stone.
The two main benefits are the chimney, which allows it to be placed closer to your house than the open-burning style, and the modular construction which allows it to be installed on a compacted base instead of poured footings. Also, we can match the block on the fireplace to make sitting walls.
Many cities don’t require a permit for this type of outdoor fireplace, but some do. We’re used to handling the permit process so it isn’t a large concern for you.
These start at around $7,000 installed, and can get over $10,000 for the really fancy ones. Figure an extra $2,000-3,000 to make it gas-burning. The base unit with the firebox weighs close to 4,000 pounds, so it takes our biggest Bobcat to move it into place!