Just because it’s a bit cold outside, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your winter indoors. From roaring fire to radiant heat, there’s loads of options to heat your outdoor areas during the cooler months.
Take the classic campfire and bring it home to your place. Rather than just a sideshow, you can make a fire pit a feature of your outdoor area. A brick or block fire pit is a popular choice and it doesn’t have to be solid like a house – you don’t need mortar between the bricks, just stack them up in a circle, add firewood and you’re away. For courtyards and paved areas, a fire bowl or brazier means you can still feel the warmth and be mesmerised by the flickering flames.
Give your place a café feel with an outdoor patio heater. There are a range of fuel sources and types to suit your situation. The most well known are the tall hooded type. They’re powered by bottled gas and are portable so can be moved around to where you need the heat. Portable electric patio heaters are also available if gas is not an option, just take care that the lead does not cause a trip hazard. For more intimate gatherings, smaller tabletop heaters are ideal.
Perfect for an overhead structure like a pergola or balcony, electric radiant heaters give you warmth at the flick of a switch so you don’t have to worry about feeding a fire or running out of gas. They’re also energy efficient. The sleek and stylish lines of the heaters add a sophisticated touch to your outdoor areas and don’t dominate a space like other heating options
The sculptural shape of the chimenea adds a decorative element as well as a heat source. The bulbous shape at the bottom naturally draws air in while the chimney on top directs the smoke away from those around it. Despite the presence of fire, it actually works as a radiant heater. The chimenea heats up due to the flames and radiates heat outwards.
With any outdoor heating solution, safety is a prime concern. Keep naked flames well away from flammable materials and always supervise children near any fire source. Patio heaters should always be set up on stable ground so there is no danger of them toppling over.