These handcrafted, wood-burning fireplaces add a rustic ambience to an outdoor living space. Made from volcanic clay and balanced on a wrought-iron stand, this style of outdoor fireplace originated in Mexico. Even the best-quality ones are unlikely to last for more than five years, as they can crack if the fire is allowed to become too hot, or if they’re struck by kids’ bikes or balls. Cast-iron chimeneas are longer-lasting and can be used with briquettes or other high-heat-output fuels, and they come with attachable hotplates for cooking. The smoke from a chimenea goes up the chimney but, unlike indoor fireplaces, the exterior gets very hot, so this form of outdoor heating is not suitable for families with young children or areas with timber decking.
from $150 for cast iron or $200 for clay