How to Beat the Winter with Your Patio

When winter arrives, many homeowners start to pack away their outdoor furniture. After all, it's too cold to enjoy your patio at this time of year, right? With the right tools, it certainly doesn't have to be. There are plenty of ways to stay warm and cozy on your deck, porch or patio even when the weather outside is frightful. Use one or more of these handy devices to beat the winter blues and enjoy your outdoor living space during all four seasons of the year.


Patio Heaters

Patio Heaters

One of the most convenient ways to keep your outdoor space warm is to set up some patio heaters. These powerful heaters are capable of warming a pretty large area, which makes them a popular choice for outdoor entertaining. For hosting a large group, place multiple patio heaters throughout your deck or patio to keep everyone nice and warm. If just a few of you plan to sit outside and enjoy a beautiful winter evening, simply set up one or two patio heaters nearby and you'll stay cozy all night.

Most patio heaters are powered by propane. All you have to do is switch out the tank when it runs low. Most also come with a number of great safety features, like tip-over protection and auto shut-off functions.


Outdoor Space Heaters

Outdoor Space Heaters

You might already use a space heater indoors to provide a little extra warmth in the winter, but did you know you can get outdoor space heaters as well? These helpful heaters come in a variety of sizes and designs, which makes them a great option for keeping multiple areas of your outdoor space warm. You can mount them on a wall, install them on the underside of your patio umbrella or use a telescoping pole to strategically place them in your outdoor area. Besides their versatility, outdoor space heaters are relatively affordable and easy to set up.

Though they do give off a good level of warmth, outdoor space heaters generally aren't as powerful as propane patio heaters. They are best used for smaller areas or for weather where you don't need a high level of heat to stay comfortable outdoors. Most run on electricity rather than propane, so they generally cost more to run compared to a propane-powered device.


Tabletop Heaters

Tabletop Heaters

Do you tend to gather around a specific table when heading outside? If so, you can keep your space warm with a simple tabletop heater. This is a perfect option for smaller patio areas that don't have as much space for large patio heaters, outdoor space heaters or fire pits. A tabletop patio heater will be very easy to set up and give off plenty of warmth without taking up too much of your precious outdoor space.

This type of heater is typically powered by propane. A great option is the Stainless Steel Tabletop Patio Heater from Serenity Health & Home Decor. It's compact size measures 34.65" tall and just 13.4" wide at the base. It weighs just over 14 pounds, is easily powered by a standard 1-lb propane cylinder and comes with excellent safety features. Best of all, it is adjustable to 10,000 BTUs, ensuring that you get plenty of heat from a small tabletop device.


Fire Pits

Fire Pits

If you're looking to create an especially cozy atmosphere on your patio in the winter, you can't go wrong with a fire pit. Available in a variety of designs and sizes, it's easy for most homeowners to find a great fire pit to place in their yard or on a deck or patio. Gathering around a crackling fire offers an especially inviting way to stay warm on a chilly winter day. Plus, you can even cook over the fire if you have a portable cooking grate you can use. Fire pits are also one of the most affordable outdoor heating options and are very easy to set up. Thanks to all of these notable perks, fire pits continue to be the most popular option for heating an outdoor living space.

Be sure to check out the many designs and styles of fire pits available today. You can get a classic metal bowl fire pit or a fire pit ring. There are fire pit tables with a built-in surface surrounding the fire. You can also choose between wood-burning fire pits and gas fire pits depending on your personal preference. Wood fire pits are much less expensive, but they do require extra work when it comes to chopping and storing wood logs and maintaining the flames. Turning a gas fire pit on and off is much easier and only requires occasionally replacing the propane tank.


Ready to turn your patio into a cozy retreat you can enjoy 365 days a year? Install an outdoor heater or fire pit to ensure that cold temperatures will never keep you stuck indoors ever again.