An outdoor fireplace is suitable for those looking not so much after the functionality of a fireplace but for the aesthetics and pleasant feeling it can provide them with. Of course, there is always the option of having a pro build/install/retrofit an indoor fireplace, but do make sure that you understand what its maintenance will mean for you.
One of the best things you can do if you want an indoor fireplace, but do not want to deal with the hassle and dangers associated with it is to have an older fireplace retrofitted with the help of a gas fireplace insert.
Such an insert will help you maintain the heat given by the fire for much longer and it will also help you control your fire much better. You will not even need much to start the fire itself, as the push of a button can do the trick for you. Even more, you will not need as much maintenance as in the case of the regular fireplaces and a gas insert can also be cheaper to maintain and fuel on the long run as well, making this a good long-term investment.