Pros and Cons of Adding an Outdoor Fireplace to Your New Porch or Deck

What’s not to love about an outdoor fireplace? Many of our new outdoor living designs include fireplaces. How do you know if an outdoor fireplace is right for your new Kansas City area porch or deck?

Having a fireplace on your porch or deck will add a beautiful focal point. An outdoor fireplace will emanate warmth, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living space for more hours each year, into cooler fall months, and earlier in the springtime. There are pros and cons to including an outdoor fireplace in your new porch or deck design. Here’s what we think you should know before making your final decision.

What are the benefits of adding a fireplace to your new porch or deck?

outdoor fireplace on deck
Outdoor fireplace atop a low-maintenance deck

1. Outdoor fireplaces offer ultimate customization to your porch or deck

If you long to distinguish your new outdoor living design, adding an outdoor fireplace is a great way to achieve it. We offer custom fireplace finishes, which will set the perfect designer scene on your porch or deck. Beautiful stacked stone, or even exotic wood facade choices will create a luxurious focal point on almost any porch or deck.

2. Outdoor fireplaces inherently offer privacy on your porch or deck

outdoor fireplaces offer privacy
If you are considering ways to create the feeling of seclusion, away from prying eyes of neighbors, a fireplace by design, will offer the privacy you seek. An outdoor fireplace facade, built floor-to-ceiling, in a conspicuous area of your new outdoor living space will offer separation from neighboring backyards. If you decide not to include a fireplace, we can still build a privacy/TV wall to achieve the desired effect. Notice the separation given by the stone fireplace on this Lenexa, Kansas, condominium’s screened porch.

See our fireplace designs: Outdoor Fireplaces Photos

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Outdoor fireplaces allow for ultimate usability of your porch or deck

3. Outdoor fireplaces will give you more use and better use of your porch or deck

As mentioned before, fireplaces will keep your outdoor living space usable for longer each year. You can expect to enjoy crisp days and evenings on your porch or deck, aided by an outdoor fireplace. Because usability extends into fall weather, imagine hosting Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving, using your outdoor living space for entertaining guests. Create a spill-over dining area, or a great space to watch holiday TV specials and football games. With this extended usability comes much better use of your porch or deck.

What is a drawback of adding a fireplace to your porch or deck?

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Modern outdoor fireplace on screened porch

Outdoor fireplaces are expensive – they are a luxury add-on

If you are considering adding an outdoor fireplace to your new outdoor living design, it must be noted that it can be quite costly to do so. Many of our clients, who are adamant about adding a fireplace to their porch or deck, have already performed cost-related research. Those, who are on the fence, are less informed about the added expense. The cost comes not only from premium facade materials, such as stone, but also from the added installation of electrical wiring and gas lines. The biggest cost of adding an outdoor unit is the firebox. Indoor fireboxes hover around the $500 range, while stainless steel outdoor fireboxes can cost $2,500 or more. Again, if you cannot swing the expense of a fireplace, consider a beautiful focal wall for privacy and outdoor TV viewing.

IPE hardwood outdoor fireplace facade
IPE Brazilian hardwood fireplace facade

See our fabulous outdoor fireplace designs video!

This video shows a host of our fireplace design solutions.


Beautiful, functional outdoor fireplaces by Archadeck of Kansas City

Final thoughts about including an outdoor fireplace in your new porch or deck design

If you believe an outdoor fireplace is the right choice for your new outdoor living design, we implore you to do research before selecting a General Contractor. The advantage of hiring Archadeck of Kansas City is that we specialize in outdoor building structures. We have built many porches and decks in the Kansas City area since 2001, and many of those have included an outdoor fireplace. You can trust that your new outdoor living space will be designed for beauty and function, but also that we will ensure that your outdoor fireplace meets stringent codes for proper use on your porch or deck. Outdoor living design and building is all we do!


Are you ready to discuss your new deck or porch design with an outdoor fireplace? Get in touch with our award-winning designers for a design consultation at (913) 851-3325 or drop us an email.

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