Outdoor Heaters: Options and Solutions
Get all the info you need on outdoor heaters, and transform your outdoor living space into a warm and welcoming hot spot for any time of year.
By: Sean McEvoy
One of the frustrations of outdoor living spaces in colder climates is that they can become little-used in the colder months. As you consider deck and patio design ideas, be sure to explore options and solutions for outdoor heaters that can help you extend the utility of your deck or patio year 'round.
You've probably encountered of the most common options for outdoor heating while seated outside on a chilly night at a restaurant. The free-standing "mushroom shaped" outdoor heater is a great option for heating sections of a large outdoor space. Available in a variety of styles from most home improvement stores, these heaters generally run on propane, gas or electricity, and are an efficient and effective way to warm up your outdoor space.
Another option for outdoor heat is the infrared heater. These heaters are generally electric-powered, and tend to heat more efficiently than propane or gas heaters. They come in freestanding or "attachable" formats—meaning that some can be attached to deck railings or even umbrella stands for a smaller, more inconspicuous heating option.
Finally, if you're looking for a more low-profile option, there are also "tabletop" propane, natural gas and electric outdoor heaters to consider. These can sit on a table, bench or even on the ground, and they'll provide enough heat to make a small space comfortable in the colder months.
Outdoor Propane Fireplaces
Brush up on your options for outdoor propane fireplaces so you can create a warm and cozy backyard oasis.
Outdoor Lighting Ideas and Options
Grab some great hints for illuminating your outdoor space with these outdoor lighting ideas and options.
Decking Materials: Composite Decking
Get all the info you need about one of the most cost effective and low maintenance decking materials: composite decking.
Outdoor Furniture Options and Ideas
Discover new options and ideas in furniture for your outdoor space.
Outdoor Bars: Options and Ideas
Find out all you need to know about outdoor bars, so you can create a fun and functional hot spot in your outdoor living space.
Outdoor Gas Fireplaces
Get all the info you need on outdoor gas fireplaces, from style choices to customization options.
Outdoor Bar Stools and Furniture
Get all the info you need on outdoor bar stools and furniture, so you can create a welcoming gathering place in your outdoor living space.
Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas
Learn about the different options for outdoor fireplace designs.
Pressure-Washing a Deck
Get the expert knowledge you need for power washing a deck.
Patio Materials and Surfaces
Learn about the different options for patio materials and surfaces.
Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest trends and expert advice delivered to your inbox.
We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, crafty DIY projects, clever entertaining tips and more. Consider these your design digests.