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Designing an Outdoor Fireplace for Grilling Season

Grilling season is upon us. For many, it’s the best part of summer. What could beat grilling a delicious meal for either yourself or a group of people against the setting summer sun? How about enjoying it around a beautiful stone outdoor fireplace? While an outdoor fire pit or fireplace is a great addition to almost any backyard, it must be designed correctly to optimize its use and to ensure the safety of everyone around it.

Based in West Deptford, New Jersey, Rock Products, Inc. provides homeowners, landscapers, and contractors throughout NJ with the stones and supplies necessary to complete a variety of hardscape projects, including outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. Here, we discuss outdoor fireplace design plans and what you should take into consideration when designing yours for grilling season.

Outdoor Fireplace Design Considerations

As with any home improvement project, having a plan when designing an outdoor fireplace is crucial. Before purchasing the supplies, clients should take the time to consider several important factors, such as:


One of the most important aspects to ponder before building your outdoor fireplace is its location. This decision holds so much weight because where you decide to place the fireplace will completely shift the dynamic of your space. Placing it too close to existing structures can be a hazard. Conversely, if you place it too far away it may not be utilized as much. Select an appropriate space in your yard that will be safe and allow for optimal use.


Outdoor fireplaces can be built in a variety of sizes. When determining the right size for your property, you must first decide if you want your new outdoor fireplace to be the focal point of the yard or simply accent the surroundings.

You should also think about proportions for the design. Fireplaces that are too big can look overpowering while fireplaces that are too small can look out of place. Finding the right balance of size is the best way to complement your space and create a functional outdoor living area.


Just as outdoor fireplaces can be constructed in various sizes, they can be built in multiple styles, as well. When you begin making plans for your outdoor fireplace, consider the existing design of your space. Is the current style more classic or modern? Will the outdoor fire feature look better if it matched the current home design, or created intriguing contrast? With so many style options available, outdoor fireplaces can be customized to match your preferred design plans.

Other Features

If you want your outdoor fireplace to serve as an outdoor dining room during grilling season, you’ll want to make sure you incorporate the proper seating arrangement. The chairs or stools you choose should not overcrowd the fireplace or be placed too close.

Our Selection of Outdoor Fireplaces

To better serve our customers, we keep our inventory stocked with several different options for outdoor fireplaces. All of our available outdoor fire features are sourced from some of the most well-known and reliable brands in the industry. Our selection includes:

  • Fire Rock Conventional Outdoor Fireplace:This fireplace features a traditional design with a straight back wall and square opening and can be easily assembled.
  • Fire Rock Arched Front Outdoor Fireplace:With a beautiful arched front, this fireplace is ideal for anyone who wants to make a statement with their new fire feature. This option can be veneered in man-made or cut stone.
  • Is okern Standard Series Fireplace:Customizable with an EP Henry cast stone veneer, this model offers several benefits, such as durability and affordability.
  • Necessories Grand Fireplace:The largest fireplace we offer, this option is an impressive 12 ft. wide and makes a great choice for clients who enjoy hosting large gatherings.

Those unsure which outdoor fireplace is right for them can consult with our knowledgeable team. Located in West Deptford, NJ, we’re happy to offer recommendations on outdoor fireplace designs. To make the building process even easier, we offer freight services as a part of our products and services so you don’t have to worry about transporting materials to the job site. For more information about our selection of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, contact us today at Rock Products, Inc.

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