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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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Improvements

The Fire Bowl with Lattice and Tri-Shaped Cover has an attractive, triangular domed spark guard cover. No special tools are requir...ed for assembly. The Fire Bowl with Lattice and Tri-Shaped Cover has a deep bowl for lasting fires. The Fire Bowl with... read more

AppliancesConnection

We are pleased to offer the finest in British design and quality in the Grilltech Space 800 Charcoal Grill Combining attractive fo...rm with expertly designed multiple function the Space 800 Grill is the ultimate charcoal grill that is built to last a l... read more

Sears
$59.84 $69.99
at Sears

Campfire 2 Go firebowls are lightweight, portable and easy to assemble at the campsite.

Academy Sports and Outdoors

The Mosaic 40 Metallic Fire Bowl features 100% steel construction and a metallic finish.

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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Frontgate
$5,764.00 $7,580.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Orleans Loveseat with Cushions, two Orleans Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Orleans Fire Chat Table. Sol...id cast 100% ingot aluminum frames, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames with... read more

Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,380.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. 100% ...ingot aluminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered slate finish with UV protected top coat.... read more

Frontgate
$6,320.00 $8,275.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: four St. Martin Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions and one St. Martin Cast-aluminum Fire Table. Flawless cast alumin...um construction includes molded trim and fluted feet. Hand-rubbed walnut finish. High-performance wicker has a five-year... read more

Frontgate
$3,604.00 $4,880.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: three Pasadena Sofas and one Pasadena Fire Table. Handwoven all-weather fibers. Gas-fueled fire table with handcraft...ed porcelain tile top. All-weather bronze wicker base. 30,000 BTUs on low; 40,000 BTUs on high. Friends and family will... 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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The Wood-Burning Fireplace with Earth-Tone Slate Mantel has a deep bowl to accommodate large fires. Unit is easy to assemble. The ...Wood-Burning Fireplace with Earth-Tone Slate Mantel features handcrafted elements and a decorative, slate-and-marble... read more

Kontiki

You can spend long summer nights in your garden or on your patio relaxing in front of a fire with friends and family with the Cast... Iron Rim Stone Finish Fire Pit. Try warm summer nights outside with a new fire pit from BuildDirect Made with a slate stone paver look, this fire pit will stand out as an elegant accessory to your patio, garden, or deck. With a cast iron rim enhanced by decorative steel legs, this unit offers a lightweight-yet-durable base. When you buy a fire pit from the Fire Sense line, you're investing in style and substance for your outdoor living space. You can count on the Cast Iron Rim Stone Finish Fire Pit to add value to your home or business' alfresco experiences. read more

Kontiki

Create a stunning outdoor living space with this unique, round fire pit, and spend summer nights outside relaxing in front of a fi...re with friends and family. Feel cozy outside this summer with a new fire pit from BuildDirect Made from materials and a finish that is the best in the industry, this fire pit will bring life and light to any garden or deck. Get the kids outside and roast marshmallows over the flames, or toast with your loved ones in the firelight. Provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere to any outdoor space with the Fire Sense Collection. Easy to use and to maintain, you and your family will be able to spend an evening under the stars, leaning back in warm comfort around this lovely accessory to your garden, deck, or patio. 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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Rheem

Rheem, RTG-64XP, Whole House, N/A, Liquid Propane, Tankless Water Heaters, Gas/Propane Liquid Propane,  Outdoor Whole House T...ankless Water Heater, 6.4 GPM THIS MODEL IS THE DIRECT REPLACEMENT FOR PREVIOUS RHEEM MODEL: RTG-53X (LJIQUID PROPANE).  THE RTG-53X IS A DISCONTINUED MODEL. ALL THE HOT WATER YOU LL EVER NEED… when you need it. It s that simple. The popularity of oversize tubs is growing, and so is the demand for large volumes of low-cost hot water. The Rheem Tankless provides a compact solution for a continuous supply of energy-efficient hot water that won’t run out. ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN… low-cost operation. Why keep 40-50 gallons of water hot when you don’t need it? It’s expensive to continue to heat and re-heat water when you’re not home or not using it. Rheem’s tankless design offers convenience without the high cost of keeping water hot. COMPACT SIZE… good things do come in small packages. Rheem Tankless is about one third the size of a conventional water heater. Sophisticated technology has reduced the size and increased the features and benefits. A digital display makes setting a precise water temperature, or monitoring the unit’s status, a snap! Its compact size will leave room for a water softener or extra storage.   Product Features: Includes UMC-117 Remote Control: Designed to be installed in the kitchen, the UMC-117 gives users complete control of their tankless unit by putting temperature controls at you finger tips. .40 GPM Minimum Activation Flow Rate: Best in the industry, Rheem s units work very well with low-flow faucets, WaterSense faucets, and other applications which don t draw much water. .26 GPM Minimum Flow Rate: Also a best in the industry, Once activated, water pressure can be reduced down to a trickle without de-activating the unit.  Thi read more

Rheem
$1,119.99
at CPO Rheem

Rheem, RTGH-95XLP, Whole House, N/A, Prestige, Tankless Water Heaters, Gas/Propane Prestige Collection Residential 9.5 GPM Outdoor... Liquid Propane Whole House Water HeaterThere are Mid-Efficiency tankless water heaters and there are High-Efficiency tankless water heaters. This is the High-Efficiency version coming in with a 94% Thermal Efficiency rating and featuring a stainless steel condensing heat exchanger. The intelligent electronic controls are designed to increase energy efficiency and safety. Third party efficiency listed by AHRI.Compact SizeThe compact, space saving design is only about the size of a medicine cabinet. TechnologyTwo-pipe direct vent system designed for PVC pipe, see instructions for details. Self-diagnostic system for easy installation and service. Hot start programming helps minimize fluctuation in water temperature, referred to as cold water sandwich, during periods of frequent on/off operation. Built-in electric blower.ScalableEZ-Link cable available to connect two tankless units to operate as one. Manifold up to six units with an optional MIC-6 control board or up to twenty with optional MIC-185 and MICS-180 control systems.Features:Digital remote control with 10 foot thermostat wireFreeze protection to -30 degrees FDigital display temperature settings and maintenance codesGuardian overheat film wrap (OFW)Fuel Type: Liquid PropaneInstallation Type: OutdoorRecommended for 3 bathroom homesSpecifications:Thermal Efficiency: 94%Minimum Activation Flow Rate: 0.4GPM @ 77 degree rise max: 4.9GPM @ 45 degree rise max: 8.4Max GPM: 9.5Altitude Certification: 9840 ft. above sea levelWarranty: 12 Year Heat Exchanger - 5 Year PartsRheem has been manufacturing water heaters since the 1930 s, with coast to coast distribution by 1936. read more

Rheem
$1,039.99
at CPO Rheem

Rheem, RTGH-84XLP, Whole House, N/A, Prestige, Tankless Water Heaters, Gas/Propane Prestige Collection Residential 8.4 GPM Outdoor... Liquid Propane Whole House Water HeaterThere are Mid-Efficiency tankless water heaters and there are High-Efficiency tankless water heaters. This is the High-Efficiency version coming in with a 94% Thermal Efficiency rating and featuring a stainless steel condensing heat exchanger. The intelligent electronic controls are designed to increase energy efficiency and safety. Third party efficiency listed by AHRI.Compact SizeThe compact, space saving design is only about the size of a medicine cabinet. TechnologyTwo-pipe direct vent system designed for PVC pipe, see instructions for details. Self-diagnostic system for easy installation and service. Hot start programming helps minimize fluctuation in water temperature, referred to as cold water sandwich, during periods of frequent on/off operation. Built-in electric blower.ScalableEZ-Link cable available to connect two tankless units to operate as one. Manifold up to six units with an optional MIC-6 control board or up to twenty with optional MIC-185 and MICS-180 control systems.Features:Digital remote control with 10 foot thermostat wireFreeze protection to -30 degrees FDigital display temperature settings and maintenance codesGuardian overheat film wrap (OFW)Fuel Type: Liquid PropaneInstallation Type: OutdoorRecommended for 2-3 bathroom homesSpecifications:Thermal Efficiency: 94%Minimum Activation Flow Rate: 0.4GPM @ 77 degree rise max: 3.9GPM @ 45 degree rise max: 6.6Max GPM: 8.4Altitude Certification: 9840 ft. above sea levelWarranty: 12 Year Heat Exchanger - 5 Year PartsRheem has been manufacturing water heaters since the 1930 s, with coast to coast distribution by 1936 read more

Kontiki

You can spend long summer nights in your garden or on your patio relaxing in front of a fire with friends and family with the Cast... Iron Rim Stone Finish Fire Pit. Try warm summer nights outside with a new fire pit from BuildDirect Made with a slate stone paver look, this fire pit will stand out as an elegant accessory to your patio, garden, or deck. With a cast iron rim enhanced by decorative steel legs, this unit offers a lightweight-yet-durable base. When you buy a fire pit from the Fire Sense line, you're investing in style and substance for your outdoor living space. You can count on the Cast Iron Rim Stone Finish Fire Pit to add value to your home or business' alfresco experiences. 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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Frontgate
$5,764.00 $7,580.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Orleans Loveseat with Cushions, two Orleans Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Orleans Fire Chat Table. Sol...id cast 100% ingot aluminum frames, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames with... read more

Orleans 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table - Classic Linen Brown with Logic Bone Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,380.00
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. 100% ...ingot aluminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered slate finish with UV protected top coat.... read more

Carlisle 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table in Gray Finish - Rumor Off-White with Dupione Sand Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$6,320.00 $8,275.00
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Set includes: four St. Martin Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions and one St. Martin Cast-aluminum Fire Table. Flawless cast alumin...um construction includes molded trim and fluted feet. Hand-rubbed walnut finish. High-performance wicker has a five-year... read more

St Martin 5-pc Outdoor Chat Set with Cast-aluminum Fire Pit Table - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$3,604.00 $4,880.00
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Set includes: three Pasadena Sofas and one Pasadena Fire Table. Handwoven all-weather fibers. Gas-fueled fire table with handcraft...ed porcelain tile top. All-weather bronze wicker base. 30,000 BTUs on low; 40,000 BTUs on high. Friends and family will... read more

Pasadena 4-pc Outdoor Sofa Set with Fire Pit Table - Off-White with Sand Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
GardenFun.com
$259.95 $358.00
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If you're looking for a great fire pit of dramatic fashion, you'll love our new Fire Bowls! In beautiful spherical form, our fire ...bowls create a brilliant glow to heat up any outdoor gathering! Made of hammered steel with a gorgeous Venetian bronze finish, this fire bowl is truly awesome for burning wood, or coal, and can even be modified to burn gas. Great for roasting marshmallows too! This fire bowl comes complete with a standard spark screen for your protection, but is also available with the upgraded excitement of our spectacular Belt of Orion or Full Moon Party FireDome designs! Handcrafted of the finest materials with exacting workmanship to withstand the elements, this great backyard fire bowl will deliver many evenings of warmth and enjoyed wonder. Size: 26"Diameter, 27.5"H, 32 lbs. read more

26" Fire Bowl w/ Spark Screen
GardenFun.com
$429.95 $598.00
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In beautiful spherical form, our dramatic new Fire Bowl with Orion FireDome promises to kick off every outdoor gathering under the... stars ablaze with a great ball of fiery excitement! Danbury artisan Jason Long transforms raw steel into unparalleled handcrafted design that captures your imagination. Individually made of hammered steel with a gorgeous Venetian bronze finish, this fire bowl is truly awesome. To top it off, literally, the bowl comes complete with the remarkable Orion FireDome, with built-in spark screen for extra safety, and you also get a handy dome lifting rod. Each fire bowl can burn wood, coal, and can even be modified to burn gas. Handcrafted of the finest materials with exacting workmanship to withstand the elements, this dramatic conversation piece for the patio and backyard will provide a brilliant glow to heat up any outdoor gathering! Size: 26"Diameter, 31"H, 44 lbs. read more

26" Fire Bowl w/ Orion FireDome
Woodland Direct
$299.00 $399.00
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A fire pit creates community. With the unique nature of this Personalized Fire Pit, you'll be able to design your fire pit to meet... individual outdoor decor motifs. Features: Made from a One-piece drum | Formed from 16 Gauge Cold Rolled Steel | Natural rust patina matures over time | Legs are welded to fire pit - no assembly! | Includes Poker, BBQ grill, Spark Screen and Weather Cover. By using a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Plasma Cutter for precision accuracy, each Personalized Fire Pit is hand-welded and hand-finished, making your fire pit one-of-a-kind. As time passes, your fire pit will mature to an earthy rust patina, giving the appearance of aged metalwork without any of the degradation. read more

Personalized Fire Pit
GardenFun.com
$429.95 $598.00
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Capture the true spirit of a Caribbean Full Moon Party in your own backyard! With spectacular spherical form, our dramatic new Fir...e Bowl with Full Moon Party FireDome promises to set every outdoor gathering ablaze with fiery excitement! Artisan Jason Long transforms raw steel with unmatched beauty into handcrafted designs that capture and mystify your imagination. The Fire Bowl is made of hammered steel and features a beautiful Venetian faux-copper bronze finish. The set comes complete with our fitted Full Moon FireDome, which will be the talk of your party! The FireDome includes a built-in spark screen for additional safety, and you also get a handy dome lifting rod. Each fire bowl can burn wood, coal, and can even be modified to burn gas. Handcrafted of the finest materials with exacting workmanship to withstand the elements, this dramatic conversation piece for the patio and backyard will provide a brilliant glow to heat up any outdoor gathering! Size: 26"Diameter, 31"H, 44 lbs. read more

26" Fire Bowl w/ Full Moon Party FireDome
Balsam Hill Christmas Trees

Balsam HillŪ 18" x 40" Copper and Cast Metal Fire Pit casts an elegant glow. Unsurpassed in its class, the heirloom-quality Copper... and Cast Metal Outdoor Fire Pit is expertly crafted to ensure many years of warm moments with family and friends. The base of this metal outdoor fire pit showcases beautiful neoclassic European scrollwork, an exquisite detail made possible only through a special die-casting process. Hand-assembled, this one, solid piece of metal has no welds or weak points, ensuring it's durability. Made to last, the cast aluminum base is lightweight and completely rustproof for easy setup and total protection against the elements. Taller than conventional bases, our fire pit stand allows the copper basin to sit at the perfect height for roasting marshmallows and enjoying close company. read more

18" x 40" Copper and Cast Metal Fire Pit
Sears
$225.88 $329.99
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With Its Bronze Ceramic Tile Mantle, This Handcrafted UniFlame Square LP Fire Pit by Blue Rhino is Perfect For Smaller Decks and P...atios. This fire pit is complete with a decorative weather resistant wicker base, that cleverly conceals a propane tank (not included) and control panel, making it an attractive centerpiece for your outdoor living space. Complete with a 30,000 BTU stainless steel burner, this fire pit offers all the ambiance of a classic fire, without the mess of tending ashes. Adding to the elegance, this unit comes with lava rock, which beautifully accents its flames. 1-year limited warranty and protective cover included. read more

UniFlame Lp Gas Outdoor Firebowl With Tile Mantel Brown
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