Jazz up your outdoor space this winter with crackling fire pits, patio heaters and chimineas — even when the sun is nowhere to be seen. The weather might be cooling down, but that doesn’t mean you have to bundle up and hide from the cold.
‘There are plenty of ways to warm your garden during the colder months,’ explains Harry Bodell at PriceYourJob. ‘Not only can outdoor heating liven up your garden space in winter, but it can keep plants warm when they are in dormancy so they do not become permanently damaged or die.’
Want to create an all-weather garden you can enjoy even in the depths of winter? Take a look at what you can do below..
1. Light your fire pit
Fire pits don’t need to be limited to use in the summertime. Providing the perfect focal point for outdoor soirées, they are the perfect way to keep warm when the temperatures start to tumble. Some classic steel fire pits are around £100 (such as this one from Waitrose), while this rustic style from Notonthehighstreet is available to snap up for £52.99.
Harry adds: ‘Due to a fire pit’s versatility, they can be installed in an existing outdoor entertainment area. Installing a fire pit does not necessitate making big changes to your yard. As a result, they are well worth the money because of the value they provide to your backyard or outdoor entertainment space.’
2. Consider a chiminea
Winter may be upon us, but portable chimineas are brilliant for providing an extra layer of warmth — and great for cooking an outdoor feast on. With a pot-belly base that rises to a neck and chimney, many popular chimineas can be purchased in cast iron, brass, cast aluminium, and stainless steel. Unlike a fire pit, chimineas have a small chimney, so the smoke gets directed away from you.
Not sure which one to buy? Harry advises: ‘A steel chiminea is one of the cheapest options which on average costs £50 – £80 whereas a cast iron chiminea can cost between £150 – £200.’
3. Get your hands on infrared heaters
Infrared heaters are among the most convenient and eco-friendly outdoor heating solutions simply because they are electric. With fast-acting heat beams that disperse the chill, they are wonderful for extending your time outside this Christmas (although you might still need a blanket or two).
Depending on the size of your garden, some infrared heaters are wall-mounted while others are free-standing and can be easily moved around. We love this one from Primrose (right), which can be placed under gazebos, awnings, and in suitably sized tents.
4. Make the most of your conservatory
With the right insulation, conservatories can serve as a functional room all-year round. Despite being a sun trap during the warmer months, conservatories are a great way to warm your garden in winter as they allow you to enjoy a slice of the outdoors without getting cold.
‘In the past, a conservatory was frequently unsuitable in the winter due to the cold, and too hot in the summer,’ says Harry. ‘Thankfully, you can now heat your conservatory with underfloor heating or normal radiators, as well as install sun-blocking shades.’
5. Research heated flooring
Dreaming of cooking up a storm outside this winter? According to Price Your Job, underfoot radiant technology may be utilised to heat outdoor walkways, steps and driveways when it gets cold. They might be more costly options (between £5,000 and £7,000), but it will help you make the most of your garden.
‘With some planning and the help of radiant heating, you’ll be able to grill outside regardless of how much snow fell the night before, without ever having to lift a shovel,’ adds Harry. ‘During the winter months, you may put this thermal-boosting technology to use, transforming an outdoor living space into a comfortable winter retreat.’
6. Buy a patio heater
Gas patio heaters are designed to be aesthetically appealing, making them an attractive addition to your garden or patio. Using fuel to keep a space warm, they are available as wall-mounted, floor-standing, hanging, and tabletop options. While many of us turn our attention to decorating the inside space for Christmas, gas patio heaters make it easier than ever to extend the party outside.
‘Gas heaters also save a lot of room, making them ideal for a variety of applications such as gardens, restaurants, bars, and pubs,’ says Harry. ‘Installing a gas patio heater will allow you to savour every time you spend with your family outside in the evening.’
7. Embrace outdoor fireplaces
Temperatures taking a tumble? No problem! Outdoor fireplaces bring comfort and warmth to any outdoor space. Even though fire pits get most of the glory, many homeowners are embracing the romantic appeal of an outdoor fireplace.
Installing an outdoor fireplace can range from £600 to £3,850, depending on the type of style you are keen to have. To keep costs down, install a small fireplace unit instead of constructing one from stone.
Harry explains: ‘Fireplaces are fantastic sources of heat, and also enable you to spend more time outside, even when it’s bitterly cold. All you need is a warm sweater and a fire to cosy up with your loved ones.’
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