4 Great Heating Choices for Cozy Outdoor Living Space
The great outdoors is a wonderful place to be in the summer, which is the reason that so many of us spend so much time and effort trying to make the most of the space outside our homes, turning it into an area that could be considered an outdoor living room. The problem is that all of this outdoor living is a pleasure that lasts just a few short months before the weather forces us to scurry back inside again. There is one way that you can extend the time you can spend outdoors, at least by a month or two - by adding an outdoor heating source.
There are several different options available to homeowners who want to add an outdoor heating source to their homes. Which you choose will be dictated by your available space, your budget and your personal tastes. Here though is a little information about some of those options to give you a few ideas:
1. Fire Pits
A fire pit, whether it is a free standing feature or an actual pit in the ground gives you the chance to enjoy all the fun of a campfire every single night in your own backyard while adding a little visual charm as well.
2. In-Ground Fire Pits
Those that are built into the ground - are great for a home that has a lot of property and the available yard space. Gathering around one can seem very much like gathering around a camp fire and they do offer you the chance to try your hand at a little fire pit cookery - something that is rather different to a barbecue and can become quite addictive!
If the only real outdoor space you have is a porch or patio then a free standing fire pit will be your choice. These come in a number of different shapes and sizes and are relatively inexpensive these days. Some of them even have a table built around them for some very exciting dining indeed!
Maintaining a traditional wood fueled fire pit does involve some work of course. If you want to avoid some of that you can opt for a gas powered version. These fire pits ignite at the touch of a button and they offer a very quick and easy way to enjoy a real fire without all of the mess that can come along with a wood burning version.
3. Patio Heaters
Patio heaters are free standing appliances that do not have a flame but still offer the extra warmth you need on those chillier summer or fall evenings. Most of them look very elegant and are portable, something that some people will find to be a real plus. Most local home stores carry a wide range of patio heaters so finding one should not be too hard and the prices are usually very reasonable as well.
4. Outdoor Fireplaces
If you a serious outdoor entertaining fan and have the cash to spare then a built-in outdoor fireplace may be ultimate in outdoor heating. As they have gained popularity both wood burning and gas powered outdoor fireplaces have become more readily available. Where just a few years ago you would probably have had to call in the builders to get your very own outdoor fireplace you can now buy 'build it yourself' kits at stores.
Whichever heating type you chose for your outdoor space there are very few people who regret making the investment. There is something rather magical about sitting outside on a crisp Fall evening will a glass of wine or a nice cup of hot chocolate and enjoying your surroundings in peace and thanks to outdoor heating you can enjoy your outdoor space for as long as possible without shivering your way through the night!