Nothing is more inviting outdoors than warmth when summer's daytime heat gives way to an evening chill or there are hints of the coming colder months in the air. So when a brisk goosebump-raising breeze wafts up it's wonderful to be able to tell family and guests alike that relief is just a few minutes or even moments away.
From fireplaces to fire rings to heat lamps and torches, there is more than one way to turn up the heat in your yard. Here are 5 ways to take the bite out of chilly weather so you can spend more time in your exterior living spaces.
An Outdoor Fireplace
This luxurious yet cozy built-in feature will become not only an often used amenity for you and yours but also a value-add for your home should you ever decide to sell. Stone fireplaces provide excellent heat and superior comfort, and added to outdoor patio design they serve as a focal point and gathering space – even when unlit.
Portable and easy to use, tiki torches make outdoor spaces feel festive and inviting but don't do much to add real warmth. Modern torches like the Bonfire Torch (which looks more like a fixture than party décor) use glass and metal to reflect the heat from a column of fire to create a pleasant bubble of warmth. Typically these torches are fueled by concealed propane tanks and can be placed wherever proves most convenient on a stone or brick patio.
The warmth and ambiance of a firebowl can't be overstated, whether you're warming up a special event or an evening with family, and there's a firebowl for every design sensibility and every landscape. They're versatile, too – some firebowls are installed as built-in features and offer the convenience of a gas line hookup while others are fueled by propane and can be moved as a property's landscape design changes.
Fire Rings and Fire Pits
The classic campground pit can't hold a candle to updated fire pits like the Fire Ring Set from Loll Designs. Placed safely on a patio away from trees and structures, fire rings and fire pits are a simple way to take the chill out of summer nights. A few logs, a couple of chairs, and skewers for the marshmallows are all you need for a fun and casual evening outdoors.
These freestanding, portable fireplaces are beloved by many for their signature shape and authentic aesthetic plus the fact that they can be used on smaller patios. Chimeneas were crafted out of natural clay by indigenous cultures to serve as small, portable heat sources and cooking ovens that protected fire and food from rain. Today they are sometimes made of aluminum or cast iron, though clay is still preferred because it harmonizes so well with other garden décor.
Simple freestanding propane lamps are an inexpensive way to warm outdoor spaces but there are also many built-in gas and electric options that radiate heat without taking up valuable patio space. Electric heat lamps in particular make spaces cozy quickly and can be installed flush with the ceiling so they're hardly more noticeable than a light fixture
From fire elements to electric options there are plenty of ways to warm up summer nights and autumn days. The hard part is narrowing down your options – is your primary concern warmth, ambiance, or both? Then there are myriad custom designed outdoor heating options, too. But in every case, the choices above will give your guests an invitation to linger well after a chill in the air might have sent them home.