When the weather brings chilly nights, the time is right for sparking up the outdoor fun. Stay cozy and warm with outdoor heating while entertaining outdoors or dining al fresco.
Whether a fire pit or a patio heater, there are plenty of heating options available for your patio, porch, deck or balcony that will keep you comfortable under the stars and extend the season and time spent outdoors.
selecting a fire feature
When considering adding outdoor heating in your outdoor retreat, consider the space you’re looking to keep warm. Is it a confined area or broad outdoor space? Fire pits come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
If you have a large patio or entertain frequently, consider bigger, permanent heating solutions such as paver stone fire pits or outdoor fireplaces. Many kits come with sturdy installation blocks that fit together for easy installation, or there are ready-made versions.
Many outdoor fireplaces and other fire features can be built into your patio and are available with all type of fuel sources from wood-burning to propane or natural gas. These fire pits involve a bit more preparation but once they’re ready, these fire features get the party started in an instant.
Ready-made fire pit and fire feature options can be set up quickly with very little assembly.
Another easy option: patio sets with fire pits, such as the Hampton Bay Belcourt fire pit conversation set. Hampton Bay is America’s number one patio brand. The quality stands up to the test of time and weather.
For confined spaces where fire features do not work, try propane-fueled patio heaters just like the kind you see in restaurants. Patio heater assembly takes less than 30 minutes and attached wheels make for easy mobility. Your outdoor space will warm up in no time.
If you prefer not to deal with open flames or only need to warm a smaller area, electric heating lamps are your best bet.
Set up one or two large heating lamps on the outskirts of your patio to heat the entire space, or decorate with several small tabletop electric heaters designed to look like indoor table lamps.
If you have curious children or small animals that you’d prefer to keep away from all heat sources, install an overhead electric heater, far away from prying hands.
When not in use, cover your outdoor heating structure to protect it from the elements. Clean out the ash from burned firewood and monitor fuel or propane levels consistently.
Remember, before setting up fire elements near your home, learn how to make your yard safe. When selecting your fire pit or fire feature, consider the safest place for the fire feature. Check out our buying guide on fire pits and this video for choosing and maintaining your fire pit.
With the right fire feature for your space, you’ll be relaxing in no time.