The average cost of outdoor fireplaces in the U.S. can range between several hundred dollars and several dozen thousands of dollars. This discrepancy depends on an awful lot of factors – the type of fireplace you’re going for, the materials used for it, its size, how it’s powered, what add-ons you’re going to have, whether you’re using a pre-made kit or not, what brand is said kit, whether you’re paying for an expert to build the fireplace or you’re doing it yourself, and more.
So, how much does it cost to build an outdoor fireplace? Anywhere between $500 and $20,000 or even more. So, to give you a more precise answer, let’s go over some of the contributing factors.
How much is an outdoor fireplace that…
Is made out of stone or brick?
The average cost of stone or brick fireplaces can range between $1,500 and $20,000 depending on their size and design. Custom work can easily go over $20,000 if you’re paying a quality professional mason. Prefabricated stone or brick kits can run between $1,500 and $8,000
Is made out of metal?
A more modern and budget-friendly alternative, metal fireplace kits can be as cheap as $100 to $500. If you want to build your metal fireplace into a stone/brick construction, however, you can expect quite a bit more expenses.
Is burning wood?
The classic wood-burning pre-fab kits run between $1,000 and $6,000 with custom work going even north of $20,000. Wood-burning fireplaces require no gas or power lines to be installed but they do need more extensive cleaning and maintenance which quickly adds up monetarily too.
Is burning gas/propane?
Gas outdoor fireplaces range from $750 to $6,000 and propane fireplaces can be as cheap as $200 or as expensive as $5,000. With both types, you’ll also need to install gas lines which cost about $25 per linear foot.
Electric outdoor fireplaces can range between $200 and $5,000 depending on the size and the brand. These “fireplaces” are usually just electric heaters that look like fire and can be installed in anything – stone, brick, wood, etc. The inserts themselves run between $200 and $1,000 but when you add the stone or brick surroundings the price can jump to $3,500 or $5,000.
Is of a specific brand?
The brand of the prefabricated fireplace kit can affect both the price and the quality quite a bit. Here’s a comparison of some of the major brands you’ll want to consider:
- American Fyre designs: $3,500-$10,000
- Belgard: $2,000-$12,000
- FlameCraft: $4,500-$7,000
- Techno-Bloc: $2,000-$5,500
- Unilock: $7,500-$12,000
Is installed in your area?
The state and area where you live will also affect the price as the professional construction prices can be wildly different depending on where you live. Most masons and metalworkers charge by the project as there are lots of contributing factors, however, where stonework construction in a new York urban area can cost up to $150 per hour and above, the same work in a rural area can be as cheap as $40-$70 per hour.
Is big or small?
Size is one of the most important factors for the overall price. A small premade fire pit that’s professionally installed can cost as little as $400 in total. On the other hand, a 15-foot-tall wood-burning fireplace with a mantle and two separate wood boxes can easily reach and exceed $20,000 depending on what additional facilities you want to have with it. An outdoor kitchen, for example, can average to ~$11,000 and more.
So, as you can see, depending on what type and size of the fireplace you’re going for, the price can vary from something tiny and insignificant to a yearly salary. So, choose wisely.