Bricks have been in use for almost 10,000 years. The Mesopotamians in the Tigris region and the earliest settlers of Jericho used bricks for their buildings. They have been used extensively throughout history, all over the world, in the building of majestic structures like cathedrals, palaces, forts, and towers. Of course bricks were also used to build humble homes, and who knows how many stoves, kilns, and fireplaces were made with them.
Today, bricks are still considered prime material for outdoor fireplaces. These red or rust-colored rectangular clay mixed with water, lime, ash, or organic matter that are left to solidify in a kiln for a length of time are sturdy and strong enough to withstand heat and corrosion. They are also able to retain the high temperatures of the fireplace, keeping the heat even after the wood has burned down. Bricks can also repel grease, oil, and soot, making it easier to keep them clean and spotless.
Outdoor fireplaces made of bricks are usually of the stand-alone type, although some may be in partially covered areas, such as a veranda. They could be in the garden, backyard, pool, or patio, giving these areas an added charm and appeal. Often, brick fireplaces are intended to burn wood, charcoal, or pressed wood logs but if you have trouble firing up wood and are not very comfortable with the smoke and the morning-after cleaning, you can opt for natural gas or propane fired models.
Non-traditional bricks can also be used in place of the usual rectangular type. They can be custom-made with designs and decorations of unique patterns incorporated into them giving a distinctive look. You can search the web for manufacturers of these kinds of bricks. They will probably cost you a little extra, but when you invite your friends to your home, your fireplace will definitely make a good conversation piece.
Compared to stone, bricks are usually less expensive. Also, cutting and sawing them is far easier than doing the same thing with stone. This is a great help when dealing with tight corners in the design. Some people may find stones more appealing, but with these advantages, it is not surprising if you go for bricks.