An Outdoor Fireplace: A Focal Point For Entertaining

by Randy

Bricks, Chimneys, Fireplaces

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It’s that time of year again. Time to gather ’round the outdoor fireplace with friends and family for a cozy, conversation-filled evening. When I think of an outdoor fire, I think about s’mores, toasted marshmallows and sharing a nice bottle of wine.


This post is about showing one of the best examples of an outdoor fireplace that I’ve seen to date. The "core" of the fireplace consists of Isokern fireplace components for a quality unit. The fireplace is the focal point of the backyard on the estate of one of Marietta’s most prominent citizens and was constructed by the wonderful folks over at Bonner Custom Homes.

I wrote a post about Isokern if you have an interest in top quality fireplace and chimney components. The process of obtaining the materials and how it’s all made is pretty amazing…just to make some bricks.

This amazing outdoor fireplace plays anchor to an incredible backyard. The center of the fireplace is aligned with the main back door so the sight lines are very nice in this fairly symmetrical back garden. It serves as the backdrop for the gunite pool as seen from the porch of this new Victorian-style home. Notice that the hearth is at the right height to sit comfortably. There is plenty of firewood storage off to the side, too.

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The fireplace is flanked by a pierced brick wall, a jammin’ stainless steel grill, plenty of firewood storage…and an outdoor kitchen. Did I hear someone ask "What is a pierced brick wall?"


Pierced brick is a type of wall that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now because it provides plenty of privacy while also allowing adequate ventilation and it allows the wind to pass through without issue. It’s architecturally pleasing to the eye and mind.


 You can easily see the pierced brick wall from this angle, which flanks the fireplace.