Are Outdoor Fireplaces Safe?

If you’re thinking about installing a new outdoor fireplace, you might have questions about its safety. For example, could the fire escape and spread to nearby trees or structures? Although some risks do exist, outdoor fireplaces are actually safer than the alternatives.

Are Outdoor Fireplaces Safe?


This type of fire is surrounded by materials that won’t burn. Consequently, it’s less likely to get out of control than a campfire or bonfire. You don’t have to rely on a single ring of stones to stop flames from spreading.

An outdoor fireplace is also generally safer than an indoor unit; any sparks will probably land on a stone or brick surface. It isn’t inside of a house, where it would probably be near flammable materials like wood, carpeting, vinyl and upholstered furniture.


Most outdoor fireplaces have short chimneys or none at all. On the other hand, indoor equipment typically uses a tall chimney that demands far more maintenance and sweeping. Chimney cleaning is often hazardous work, and neglecting this task can be even more dangerous.

If an indoor fireplace’s chimney isn’t maintained well, creosote could catch fire or the flue may become clogged and force smoke into your living quarters. Both wood and gas equipment have the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning in enclosed spaces.


While outdoor burning is comparatively safe, you must exercise caution when handling any type of open flame. Be sure to keep leaves and shrubbery away. Don’t use lighter fluid, watch the fire closely, and put an extinguisher or garden hose nearby. Metal screens also enhance safety.

Our well-qualified experts can install an eye-catching yet durable fireplace outside of your home. We offer affordable pricing, use high-quality materials and know how to help you select a safe location. Please contact our friendly staff to get started or request further information.