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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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This outdoor heating unit will compliment any yard, as it is the most naturally designed fire bowl. With a strong 70,000 BTU heat ...output and low profile, you will receive the ideal amount of warmth at the best height for conversation. This unit is sure... read more

Starlite Garden and Patio Torche Co.

Lahaina Firepot Torch is a great way to add a modern beach style look to your outdoor setting. The Lahaina firepot gives off a gra...nde flame and plenty of heat for those cooler nights. The Lahaina Tabletop Torch comes in a shiny stainless steel finish at the top and trimmed with a pearly white shell at the bottom. The flame is a large majestic flame and the fire pot has an eight inches diameter and is 8.5 inches high. Each fire pot comes with an extinguishing plate to put out the flame and fire puff that absorbs the paraffin oil for a safe flame and no spilling of oil if fire pot is knocked over during use. This keeps the flame limited to the puff since the paraffin oil in non-combustible. Also, add the Lahaina Tiki Torch to complete the look. read more


Sleek and bold, the Fairhaven Gas Fire bowl is a beautiful addition of heat and style to warm up your outdoor living area. The Env...irostone top is durable and heat-resistant and the perfect place finishing touch of this elegant fire bowl. read more


Features- Add soothing tranquility to your patio or porch with our Firepot-- It creates rich colors that will surely add to your o...utdoor or patio space-- Light up your outdoor space with this beautifully designed ceramic firepot lantern-- Works... read more

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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Uniflame Bronze Outdoor Wood Burning Fire Pit with Lattice Inspired from the shape of a lantern, the Uniflame Bronze Outdoor Fireb...owl with Lattice looks elegant and stylish. This hexagon fire pit features a deep, lattice design bowl and an easy to lift... read more

Stone River Gear

Firepit/Grill Features: Firepit crafted from cold-rolled steel for years of durability Rugged Steel outer safety ring for easy tra...nsport Inner containment mesh screen welded in place to keep coals and sparks in place Precision custom theme cutouts on the sidewall provide perfect upward ventilation and glow with the evening fire Firepit can be converted into a barbecue grill for cooking steaks burgers hot dogs and more!!!. Dimensions L x H x W: 25 x 28 x 28 read more


This magnificent looking fire pit is sure to become the centerpiece of any outdoor living area. The base is made out of durable st...eel formed into a stately pedestal, invoking images of braziers found in ancient palaces. The antiqued bronze finish... read more

Fire Sense

This unique fire pit features a 28€x9D antique bronze painted steel fire bowl with an attractive weave pattern, and elegant copper... finish outer rails. This fire pit comes complete with mesh fire screen with high heat paint, and powder coated legs. Also... read more


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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Blue Rhino

Blue Rhino, WAF1013C, Fireplace, N/A, Outdoor Black Firehouse with ChimneyThis well constructed and highly functional firehouse br...ings the warmth and comfort of a fireplace to any patio, deck, or poolside. The safety and versatility of this fully grate enclosed allows fires to burn away with peace of mind in virtually any application. Constructed from cast iron featuring a large chimney that controls exhaust. Firehouse also features a side-out cooking grill and simple assembly that make this a must have for any home. Features:Width: 25 InchesDiameter: 20.5 InchesHeight: 45.3 Inches Blue Rhino is the top of the line for the best portable outdoor fireplaces to warm up winter and chilly nights. Blue Rhino is also a leading designer and marketer of barbecue grills, outdoor heaters, mosquito traps, and other outdoor appliances. In fact, you will find a Blue Rhino product in the middle of half a billion barbecue events nationwide every year! read more


Shop for Outdoor Living at The Home Depot. Perfect for outdoor recreation, The Portable Fire Pit adds ambiance to any outdoor acti...vity, and offers an alternative to traditional labor intensive campfires. Bring the warmth and ambiance of a campfire with you anywhere including your backyard, patio, camping, to the beach or on an RV trip. This outdoor gas fire pit is made from galvanized steel with a protective glossed enamel finish for long lasting durability. The fire pit uses a regular propane tank (not included) and burns clean and smokeless giving off enough heat to warm the whole family at night. read more


This gorgeous indoor/outdoor rug features a stunning floral design. This floor covering features beautiful colors like red and, and supports a traditional style. Primary materials: Polypropylene Latex: Yes Pile height: 0.25 inches Style:... 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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EnerG+ HEA-215J67 Outdoor Bar Height Bistro Style Table with Electric HeaterA two-in-one solution for outdoor entertainment, the E...nerG+ HEA-215J67 features the following:Square, bar-height table bistro-style table topElectric infrared radiant heater... read more


Bring out some New Orleans style with this outdoor heater by Endless Summer. This small lamp packs the heat and is capable of areas of up to 12 feet around, perfect for those cool evenings on the deck or patio. Your guests may think it's you,... read more

Heat Controller

Provides radiant and infrared directional heatStainless steel and anodized 6061 aircraft aluminumIdeal for patio, deck or other ou...tdoor spacesAdvanced medium wave infrared technology warms people and objects within a read more


Ener-G+ HEA-21538W 1500 Watt Infrared Gazebo Heater with LED LightEner-G+ brings a great outdoor heater blending their d...esign principles of safety, efficiency, and simplicity! The HEA-21538W 1500 Watt Infrared Gazebo Heater with LED Light is the perfect heater for your outdoor patios, gazebos, and balconies. Its durable aluminum construction and weatherproofing will keep it operating reliably for a long time. The infrared heating mechanism doesn't put out any dangerous or harmful emissions or fumes, and keeps things simple by avoiding the use of other complicated heating methods. It includes a chain and hook for simple mounting and only requires a standard wall outlet for power. Don't wait through another cold night - let the Ener-G+ HEA-21538W 1500 Watt Infrared Gazebo Heater with LED Light show you the best in outdoor heating!Safe to use and environmentally friendlySafety and efficienct use of energy are cornerstones of the Ener-G+ brand. The HEA-21538W's infrared heating mechanism provides instant radiant heat directly to the people and objects that need it, making the most of your energy and saving you on fuel and money. It operates without any harmful emissions or dangerous fumes. Durable and long lasting construction and materialsEner-G+ kept durability and reliability in mind while designing the HEA-21538W. The housing is built from a resilient aluminum and the long life carbon filament lamp can provide heat for approximately 5000 hours. The unit is IPX4 certified, meaning that it is protected against rain and dust, so that you won't have any unpleasant surprises when you go to turn on the heat. Special Features Include110 Volts / 1500 Watts, 5100 BTUs Two built-in LED lights for atmospheric lighting Includes chain and hook for easy mounting Safe and environmentally friendly Long life carbon filament lamp lasts fo rup to 5,000 hours Dust and water resistant for long life and reliability Simple and efficient heatWhen you're cold, the last thing you want to do is fuss about with your heater or wait for it to really get going. With the Ener-G+ HEA-21538W you'll have quick, simple heat provided by the infrared bulb's radiant heat. It's reliable and straight to the point - getting heat to your guests has never been easier.Low cost, simple installationThe Ener-G+ HEA-21538W comes with a chain and hook for easy mounting options. Skip all the hassles of dealing with more complicated heating solutions that require gas lines, tanks, or expensive and complicated mounting modifications. Simply hang it up and plug it into a standard wall outlet and you're ready to go. Don't spend another cold night with your family wishing for a better heating option - the Ener-G+ HEA-21538W is here to help!Sleek, modern designThe Ener-G+ HEA-21538W has a classy modern design with a bright finsh. It's a great complement to your outdoor furniture and will add both warmth and style to your outdoor atmosphere. Two built in LED lights provide a touch of atmospheric lighting, bringing your outdoor gathering place to life. 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.

Garden & Outdoor Living on sale

Cost Plus World Market
$329.99 $280.49

The 'Ball of Fire' Fire Pit lights up outdoor gatherings with the mystical appearance of a fireball floating in the dark. With a 3...60-degree view, this fire pit adds a dramatic circular element to your outdoor event. A large 30" diameter fire bowl with handles provides for easy cleanup and ash removal. Includes cover to protect fire pit from outdoor elements, giving it longer life. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$239.99 $203.99

In a speckled bronze finish, the Bella Fire Pit makes a beautiful addition to any patio with its contemporary look and embossed de...sign. The flared fire bowl allows for better visibility of the fire. An oversized spark screen keeps embers contained. Includes wood grate for better airflow to the fire. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$169.99 $144.49

In a burnished terra cotta finish, the Tudor Fire Pit adds a warm glow to your outdoor entertaining. With a contemporary style and... an embossed design, this fire pit looks especially dramatic in the dark. The built-in wood grate, poker and domed spark screen help keep embers contained. The fire pit is lightweight, so it can be easily transported to any outdoor event. read more

Cost Plus World Market
$199.99 $169.99

Whether you're roasting marshmallows or gathering with friends and family, our Hudson Fire Pit is sure to be an instant backyard With a deep, oversized bowl, this durable steel fire pit holds plenty of wood and features a punched lattice border for ventilation, resulting in longer, warmer fires. It even includes a full-coverage mesh screen and handy fire poker to ensure safe handling. read more

$306.60 $199.09

Features: The diminutive Barbados wood burning fire pit casts a dramatic glow in small spaces Crafted of hammered iron in bronze a...nd black Designed to create a fire that blazes on for hours on the patio or a sturdy table Dimensions: Width: 18" Depth: 18" Height: 19" Weight: 12.8 lb read more

$237.30 $154.09

Product Features: The Aruba wood burning fire pit sets the mood on cool nights Crafted of hammered iron with an elegant scroll bas...e in black and a hammered silver tub Safavieh outdoor furniture is fully covered under a limited lifetime warranty. Frame constructed of rust-resistant Iron ensuring durability in any outdoor environment Metal poker is included to move lit firewood as needed Product Dimensions: 20"W x 20"D x 12"H Weight: 5.3 lbs Product Specifications: Frame Material: Iron Fuel Type: Wood Manufacturer Warranty: Limited Lifetime read more

Landmann USA
$181.99 $119.99

Pits offer 360-degree views of a comforting fire, and many include cooking grates for turning into a backyard or portable tailgate... grill read more

$77.99 $51.00

Concrete StoneDark grey with white specksAdds beautiful glowing ambienceDimensions: 8 diam. x 4H inches. A unique alternative to t...raditional candle arrangements the Terrazzo Fire Pot allows you to effortlessly accent your outdoor décor. Add a romantic accent to your outdoor gatherings by using these unique Fire Pots as centerpieces for your table while dining alfresco or add the unexpected by placing throughout the garden patio deck or walkway or even leading up steps. Enjoy the glowing ambience of the golden flames which burn smokeless and odorless for hours by filling the stainless steel fuel gel reservoir with regular or citronella fuel gel (sold separately). Each pot comes with a stainless steel snuffer for safe and easy flame extinguishing. Add some beauty to your outdoor décor with this fire pot. Constructed with polished concrete this fire pot has a graceful design that blends with most modern furnishing options. It can be used as the focal piece of your garden or used to decorate the side of your walkway or steps. Its flame looks beautiful at night burning with a gentle blue intensity that lights up your yard. With a weight of 12 lbs it is light enough to be safely moved around whenever you feel the urge to redecorate. read more

Groupon Goods
$159.99 $126.99

Includes wall mount and floor stand Log fuel effect Black glass front panel Remote control including on/off, heat setting and Flame effect can be used independently2 heat setting options Adjustable flame brightness Safety thermal cut-off device71 inch cord Power: 750/1500W for 110-120V, 60Hz Dimensions: Length: 4.25 inches Width: 25.5 inches Height: 20.25 inches Size: Small/Large. Color: Orange/Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

$449.00 $409.00

The Gas Fire Pit's uniquely designed structure is sure to captivate the attention of all it encounters. This beautiful unit a glass flame shield, which protects your flame from strong winds, Lava Rock and a PVC cover to ensure its longevity.... read more

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