Outdoor Heating Buying Guide

Waiting for summer's sunshine to warm up your outdoor spaces? Don't let your hopes hinge on Mother Nature; turn to heating elements for the outdoors instead.

Types of Heating

Types of Heating

Who has been chased indoors on a beautiful summer night by a sudden chill in the air? Who has wanted to gather outside only to have weather force a party inside? Probably most of us -- but luckily, there are options that can extend your outdoor living time: heating elements for outside. There is a range of types and styles to add a bit of warmth that can make the difference between a chill and a comfortable experience. Those include fire bowls and pots, fire pits, fireplaces, and heaters and heat lamps. Here's how to tell the difference.

Fire Bowls and Pots

Fire bowls and pots can be moveable or stationary; some are small enough to serve as an accent on a table, while others are larger and provide a focal point for a seating area. These are typically powered by gas or wood.

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Fire Pits

Fire pits are generally dug into the ground or built up a bit to be at seated height; these can be either custom-sized or created from a standard-size base. A nonflammable base, such as stone pavers, protects the ground underneath.

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Outland Living
$159.99

Outland Firebowl Mega: 24" diameter results in a 75 percent larger surface area compared to the standard Outland Firebowl Includes... durable weather resistant cover and pre-attached 10' hose regulator Propane tank stabilizer ring (Propane tank not... read more

Enhance
$219.99

Enhance the enjoyment of any patio with this stainless steel dome fire pit. In black finish. : Hinged door allows for easy fire ac...cess. Side-screen panels keep embers safely inside. Storage cover and built-in log grate lend convenience. Steel stand and stainless steel dome ensure quality. : Includes: storage cover 34H x 22W x 22D Steel For outdoor use only Some assembly required By Asia Direct Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Size: Furniture. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Steel/Stainless Steel. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$294.00

Lightweight, Rust-Resistant Aluminum Construction Dark Bronze Finish Elegant Bar Line Flame Propane Tank Easily Nests Inside Base ...(propane tank sold separately) Fire Pit Comes with Glass Beads and Cover Matches the Better Homes and Gardens Carter Hills... read more

UniFlame
$263.80

General Information Manufacturer: Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, Inc Manufacturer Part Number: GAD1001B Brand Name: UniFlame Product ...Name: Propane Tile Gas Fire Pit Table Product Type: Gas Fireplace Physical Characteristics Height: 26.8" Width: 32" Depth:... read more

Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are a popular addition, particularly for larger gathering areas. These can be powered by gas, electricity, or wood; the first two require a power source.

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$39.99

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$48.49

Hearth Rug Lodge Cabin Fireplace Deer Wild Life 26inx 38in Fire Retardant Hearthrug for Fireplace or anywhere around inside the ho...use. It's low pile surface is made with fire retardant olefin/ polypropylene, it measures approximately 26in x 38in. It is... read more

$40.99

This gorgeous indoor/outdoor rug features a stunning floral design. This floor covering features beautiful colors like red and bei...ge, and supports a traditional style. Primary materials: Polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.25 inches Style:... read more

Moda Flame
$444.00 $277.96

The Avila modern fireplace is comprised of a steel shelf, sitting comfortably on two vertically mounted glass walls. This elegant ...model is perfect for any indoor or outdoor setting. *Fireplace (1) read more

Heaters and Heat Lamps

Heaters and heat lamps are often tall, with hooded tops to push down heat. Smaller outdoor versions are available as well. No matter the size, these are generally moveable and placed near a seating area.

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Hiland
$69.00

When in need of a replacement burner for any reason, look no further. This item will get you back outdoors, enjoying your patio un...der your heater. read more

Bond
$290.00

Technical Information Maximum Heat Power: 13.48 kW Area Coverage: 302 Sq. ft. Power Description Power Source: Gas Physical Charact...eristics Color: Stainless Steel Material: Stainless Steel Housing, Glass Cylinder Height: 73.2" Width: 21.3" Depth: 21.3"... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Not all heaters generate the same type, amount, or style of heat, and the heater you prefer relates to both your home and your living requirements. But all heaters should be evaluated for the same product features, which affect how much they can accomplish. As you begin to think through the choices and what you want for your landscape, review accidental tip-over, output controls, heating area, blower fan, starting mechanism, fuel capacity, and safety rating. Here's how to evaluate their pros and cons.

Accidental Tip-Over

Most tall heaters and heat lamps, which are powered by a fuel of some sort and can be moved around, have a safeguard built in to turn the heater off should it accidentally tip over.

Output Controls

Many heaters have a mechanism to regulate the flow of heat. This is a useful tool to counteract the ever-changing nature of outdoor temperatures.

Heating Area

Most outdoor heating items will be able to heat a particular-size area. If you're adding a heating source to an established seating area, make sure it can provide enough heat for the space.

Blower Fan

Some heating items, such as fireplaces or individual heaters, include a fan to distribute the air -- helpful when trying to create a welcome ambience for a large gathering.

Starting Mechanism

Some built-in heaters start with the flick of a switch. Others may have a lighting mechanism, while still others start with wood and need to be ignited the old-fashioned way.

Fuel Capacity

For heating items powered by gas or propane, the size of the fuel tank will determine the length of time the heater can run.

Safety Rating

Review carefully the safety ratings of any heater to ensure you're purchasing an item that has met all regulations and provides internal safeguards to protect you and your home.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many heaters involve little investment on your part, while others require a commitment of time, money, and placement. But all heaters, if carefully reviewed for type and product features, can bring years of enjoyment with little hassle. First, it's important to review a few purchase considerations that may influence your choice. Cord length (if applicable), power source, and portable versus permanent all hold sway in the final decision. Use this short overview to get started.

Cord Length

If powered by electricity, such as a small outdoor space heater, cord length will dictate placement and moveability.

Power Source

All heaters are powered by wood, gas/propane, or electricity. What you prefer depends in large part on your personal tastes as well as the availability and convenience of the fuel source.

Portable vs. Permanent

Items such as fireplaces and fire pits tend to be permanent structures that stay in place. Fire bowls are sometimes moveable, and heaters probably have wheels or rolling mechanisms that let you move them at will.

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NFusion
$289.99 $214.99

Includes: Pit, Shield-Lid, and PokerMaterials: Fiberglass reinforced cement pit with iron frameColor: Natural stoneNeutral colors ...to match any outdoor decorSome assembly requiredIdeal for entertaining guests outsideDimensions: 22.80 inches high x 29... read more

Hiland
$399.00 $265.01

The Antique Bronze fire pit with blends in beautifully with your other wooden or wicker patio furniture. The solid steel construct...ion is incredibly durable and a hammered bronze finish gives it a rustic look that suits outdoor living. A... read more

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company
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Gifted Living
$42.00 $26.95

Display your firepot in a decorative way with this metal scroll firepot stand.

UniFlame
$195.59 $89.32

Outdoor Firebowl Display Stand belongs to Outdoor Living Collection by Uniflame

Gifted Living
$28.00 $14.95

Showcase your favorite firepot with this sturdy metal firepot stand. Holds a firepot that is 6.5" or less in diameter.

Moda Flame
$444.00 $277.96

The Avila modern fireplace is comprised of a steel shelf, sitting comfortably on two vertically mounted glass walls. This elegant ...model is perfect for any indoor or outdoor setting. *Fireplace (1) read more

Bond
$104.98 $89.98

Overall dimensions: 18.5 diam. x 14.65H inches Produces a maximum 50,000 BTUs Easy push-button spark ignitor Gas-flow knob for fla...me control Powered by standard liquid propane tanks At home or away, the Bond 18.5 in. Portable Propane 50k BTU's Campfire... read more

UniFlame
$799.95 $719.96

UniFlameSlate tile mantel with copper accents Accessible control panel with electronic ignition Faux wicker panels Protective cove...r included Includes bronze glass Simple assembly Lp gas tank not included Multi-spark electronic ignition 1 Year limited... read more

Zuo
$1,437.00 $958.00

ZuoFuctionably Modern the Diablo Fire Pit features a large mulit-tier square design, stainless steel fire burner and concrete fibe...r construction accented with black glass fire rocks to enhance flame. Fire pit is propane powered and has slim cord... read more

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