When you have an outdoor party it’s always nice to have it on a warm summer’s evening but if you don’t have the right heater it can be quite a struggle for you and your guests to stay warm. Whether you’re dining al fresco with guests or simply enjoying a glass of wine with your other half, keeping warm in the garden or on the patio is important as the temperature can drop as the night goes on.
In this article, I will look at five different types of heaters you can use in your garden to help keep you and your guests warm during the evening.
What Are The Different Types Of Outdoor Heaters & Garden Heaters
A fire pit is a great way to safely enjoy the outdoors during mild temperatures. They don’t require any assembly – simply take it out of the box and you’re ready to enjoy your fire. Fire pits are a great way to stay warm in the garden, allowing you to relax near the fire and enjoy the smells and sounds of nature. Fire pits are easy to light, which make them perfect for enjoying with a friend or two. As long as your fire pit has a spark screen, you don’t have to worry about embers burning into your patio or deck.
Cooking on a fire pit is the perfect thing to get everyone together in the garden in the summer. You’ll all be able to enjoy dinner around the fire and make it more social and entertaining. A fire pit also makes a great centrepiece for any garden, and it can help to make it feel more like a living room.
The fire pit is just one example of a wood burning garden heater, though you can also burn smokeless fuels on it. Another to consider is the chiminea…
A chiminea is a portable wood burning stove that can be used for both cooking and heating. It is perfect for entertaining guests outside during the evening or for just relaxing in your garden. Made from either clay, iron or steel, the bulbous-shaped chiminea, with its wide opening and long, narrow vent, originated in Mexico but has since become a fine feature in gardens throughout the UK and abroad. Burning hardwood in the chiminea provides a substantial amount of heat that will keep you and your guests warm for a long period of time, allowing you to enjoy the summer and autumnal nights in comfort.
With many different styles of chimineas available, they also make an eye-catching, stylish garden accessory, with many people opting for the traditional, Mexican, clay-style option for a rustic look, and iron or steel for a contemporary, industrial aesthetic.
Patio heaters are a good way of keeping warm in your garden. They make summer evenings much more pleasant, allowing you to spend longer outside. They also look great on the patio, adding a touch of luxury to your outdoor space.
Although the patio heaters themselves are a worthwhile investment, it’s important to choose the right one for you. A general rule of thumb is that the larger the area you want to heat, the bigger the heater you will need. However, bear in mind that large heaters will use more energy, so for smaller areas, a smaller heater will do the trick.
Most patio heaters run on gas or electricity, but there are also propane and gas-powered heaters. If you’re choosing an electric heater, make sure that your socket is suitable. As well as this, electric heaters can be more expensive than gas or propane heaters, especially with the rise in electricity costs.
One of the most stylish types of patio heaters is the pyramid garden heater. It usually runs off gas cannisters and is built in a streamlined way so as not to topple over easily. Some pyramid patio heaters also come with wheels attached to the base so they can be easily moved around to the most suitable spot and moved to the storage area when not in use.
Infrared Garden Heaters
Similar to patio heaters but running at the fraction of the cost of standard electric patio heaters, infrared garden heaters are a fantastic choice for those who require warmth in their garden instantly. Using invisible, infrared waves, the heater delivers heat to those in its reach so it’s important that the heater is directed at where you plan to sit so you can benefit from its warming waves.
Infrared garden heaters come in a variety of styles, from rotating, oscillating heaters that swivel on a stand, to garden parasol heaters which clamp to the top stem of your parasol – perfect if you’re dining outside.
So whether you decide on a static, freestanding infrared heater or one that attaches to a wall, bracket or parasol, if you’re going electric, consider infrared garden heaters for the most cost-efficient.
Table Top Heaters
If you’re looking for a small garden heater that is a little more intimate, then consider the table top heaters. If you have a dining space in your garden, then these table top heaters will provide a wonderful centrepiece for your table whilst delivering heat to keep your guests cosy. These light, portable heaters can be moved easily to wherever you require them and don’t take up much space when placed to heat or when stored when not in use.
Table top heaters are the perfect solution if you like to dine al fresco. They are quick to heat up and some offer heat setting controls so you can decide what heat output it should deliver to make you the most comfortable. You can even adjust the temperature on some models of table top heaters using a remote control.
Modern and stylish, they certainly don’t look out of place and your guests will be able to relax and enjoy their meal or drinks in the comfort of its warm glow.
What heater do you use in the garden? Let me know in the comment section below.