An outdoor fireplace is a fireplace that is installed to enhance landscaping. An outdoor fireplace can be a movable fire pit, such as a chiminea, or a permanent fixture. Outdoor fireplaces often use wood as fuel, but some varieties use liquid fuels or propane to burn.
An outdoor fireplace is often used as a gathering place for outdoor get-togethers because of the warmth and dim, natural lighting the fire provides . Permanent outdoor fireplaces are made of brick or stone and typically have a fireproof ground cover made from the same type of brick or stone material. Movable fireplaces can be placed in different areas of a yard to avoid high winds and rain, but safety requirements still dictate the need for a fireproof groundcover.