Stay Warm with a Fireplace or Patio Heater

Do you want cozy autumn nights next to a warm fireplace? Then discover our selection of heating systems, from gas heaters to fireplaces and more. What’s better than staying warm all year?

Gas Fire Pits? Yes please!

The most popular option for backyard heating, fire pits are offered in a diverse range of shapes, sizes, and designs. Some are portable and easy to reposition, while others can be as large as 50” wide or more. Go for the classic round fire pit look or opt for a more modern fire table for your elegant entertaining area. Any fire pit will create an instantly cozy ambiance that you can enjoy after dusk, as well as plenty of heat on chillier evenings.

Hot Finds: Fire Pits

Fire pits are divided into two main types based on the fuel they burn: wood-burning and gas. Here is a quick look at the pros and cons of each to help you make your pick.

Pros
Cons
Wood-burning fire pits
  • More heat
  • Greater portability 
  • Can be used to grill food
  • Easier setup 
  • Slower heating  
  • Produces more smoke  
  • Higher cleaning and maintenance needs 
  • More expensive fuel source (wood), especially in the city  
  • More difficult to use in inclement conditions 
Gas fire pits
  • Quicker to heat up  
  • Easier ignition in bad weather conditions 
  • More affordable fuel source  
  • No ash to clean and less maintenance  
  • Not portable  
  • Requires a gas line or tank connection 
  • Not usable for cooking 
  • Produces less heat  
Pros
Cons
Wood-burning fire pits
  • More heat
  • Greater portability 
  • Can be used to grill food
  • Easier setup 
  • Slower heating  
  • Produces more smoke  
  • Higher cleaning and maintenance needs 
  • More expensive fuel source (wood), especially in the city  
  • More difficult to use in inclement conditions 
Gas fire pits
  • Quicker to heat up  
  • Easier ignition in bad weather conditions 
  • More affordable fuel source  
  • No ash to clean and less maintenance  
  • Not portable  
  • Requires a gas line or tank connection 
  • Not usable for cooking 
  • Produces less heat  
Get Fired Up for Wood-Burning Fire Pits

Outdoor fireplaces are another excellent option for an even greater heat output coupled with copious charm. Though they are larger, pricier, and generally not portable, outdoor fireplaces offer several benefits. As the flame is more contained, they are well suited for homes with children and pets. The self-contained setup makes them a tidier choice as well. Outdoor fireplaces also come in a variety of designs, including classic old-world models and ultra-modern styles.

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Pro tip

Safety measures are essential when using fire pits and other heaters with open flames. The heating source should be placed at least 10’ from any buildings on a nonflammable surface. It also should not be used in covered areas like under covered porches or gazebos. Ensure that any flammable materials are kept away as well.

Patio Heaters to Make Your Yard a Hot Spot

An efficient and effective option, patio heaters can warm up an area with a diameter from 6’ to 20’ using radiant heat. They run on either gas or electricity and are available in a wide selection of designs for added versatility. Choose from full-sized free-standing models, hanging models that can be installed on the ceiling, wall-mount heaters, and tabletop versions. Features like wheels make some heaters easier to move from place to place. An anti-tilt automatic shutoff switch is also a must for families with kids.

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Pro tip

When shopping for a new outdoor heater, take special note of the BTU output. BTUs (British thermal units) measure how much heat is needed to raise the temperature of a space. The higher the BTUs, the larger the area you can heat.
Area in Square Feet (sq. fr.)
Recommended BTUs
100 – 150 sq. ft.
5,000
150 – 250 sq. ft.
6,000
250 – 300 sq. ft.
7,000
300 – 350 sq. ft.
8,000
350 – 400 sq. ft.
9,000
400 – 450 sq. ft.
10,000
450 – 500 sq. ft.
12,000
Area in Square Feet (sq. fr.)
Recommended BTUs
100 – 150 sq. ft.
5,000
150 – 250 sq. ft.
6,000
250 – 300 sq. ft.
7,000
300 – 350 sq. ft.
8,000
350 – 400 sq. ft.
9,000
400 – 450 sq. ft.
10,000
450 – 500 sq. ft.
12,000
Fire Pits & Patio Heaters: The Hottest Features
  • Eco-Friendly: For a greener option, consider patio heaters and fire pits that use bioethanol. A clean-burning fuel, bioethanol is a great alternative to wood and natural gas. Another fantastic option is eco-friendly and renewable logs that produce 80% fewer emissions compared to regular wood.
  • Safety Shutoff: If little ones are around, choose a fireplace or patio heater with a safety shutoff that will turn the device off if it is tilted.
  • Portability: Some fire pits and patio heaters are also available with wheels, making them easy to move around. Portability offers greater flexibility when placing your heater.

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