Outdoor living has come a long way in recent years and increasingly the indoor lifestyle is migrating to the patio for relaxing, dining, and entertaining. People are more interested than ever in investing in their outdoor spaces for year-round use. So, wouldn’t it be delightful to be able to continue spending evenings on your patio when temperatures begin to drop?
The question of providing heat on your patio boils down to fire pits vs. outdoor heaters. Each choice has advantages and disadvantages which you should carefully weigh before deciding which option is best for you.
Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes and materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, copper, and granite. A fire pit table consists of a fire pit situated in the middle of a large table. Everyone sits around the table and gets the benefit of the heat given off by the fire. Gas fire pits conveniently provide instant heat and flame and are ideal for those who are too impatient to wait for a fire to reach its full intensity.
Pros and Cons of Fire Pits
One of the downsides to fire pits is that you need the pit to be large enough to accommodate an average-sized log. Another disadvantage is the chore of regularly emptying the fire pit of ash. However, if you want to bring your outdoor space to life with a beautiful piece of art for family and friends to gather around, a fire pit is the perfect accessory to your patio furniture. And, some fire pits are very portable in case you decide to rearrange your layout.
Patio heaters are designed for ease of use, safety and portability and can either be powered by gas or electricity. Gas heaters tend to be free standing and can either be connected to the home’s main gas supply or to propane gas cylinders. Electrical heaters can either be free standing or affixed to patio walls. All heaters that are not wall mounted should be equipped with a safety feature that switches the heater off if it gets toppled.
It’s not necessary to be right on top of a patio heater to stay warm as heaters are capable of heating areas of approximately two-hundred square feet.
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