Outdoor fireplaces are unrivaled for creating an atmosphere. Even with snow on the ground, they can make your outdoor living space a pleasant place. They can be made of brick. More portable brazier style versions can transform a previously unused area into a space where you can toast marshmallows, roast wieners, or even bake potatoes. Chimeneas and similar items make a distinctive fashion statement. Gas fire tables take some of the work out of maintaining a fire, and might add the convenience of a table for food prep and serving. Check local ordinances before installing.