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Patio Heating Ideas: Smart Ways to Cosy Up On Your Patio

How to heat up your patio all year round?

Outdoor living space offers the perfect spot for entertainment and leisure. But when the winter season kicks in, the weather limits your time spent outdoors.

This is where our patio heating ideas come into play. Along with fire pits, we’ve prepared an extra dose of inspiration and put together our top picks from the web.

These ideas are guaranteed to provide that much-needed warmth on your patio. What’s more, they can help create a focal point, making your space more inviting and pleasing. With these stunning and practical designs, you’re bound to find something you love. Let’s have a look at them!

1. Firepits

If you got the space, make more of your outdoor heating and turn it into a focal point of your patio. You can even go bespoke, upgrade the look of your fire pit idea. Define the space and give it a sleek finish. Take a cue from the photo below; it makes an ideal feature to centre seating around.

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Modern patio setting with a concrete fire pit as the centrepiece

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2. Fireplace

A fireplace installed into a boundary wall adds a stylish centrepiece to patios – on top of the temperature boost, of course.

If you have a small garden, this design will take up next to no floor space by utilising an existing wall. Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits of having a fire pit.

Patio fireplace setup

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3. Chimineas

A portable fire pit like a chiminea is a smart choice for you if you often move around your patio. Chimineas have eye-catching flues that can mimic the look of a built-in design.

Take inspiration from the scene below to achieve a Scandi-chic look. For more inspiration, take a look at our chiminea ideas.

Scandi-chic patio with a unique chiminea as a heat source

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4. Fire pit dining tables

Have you heard about fire pit tables? It’s a concept that combines a fire pit and a patio table.

Provide convenient light, warmth, and at the same time, a level surface to put things down. With this, you can make the most of your patio all year long.

BillyOh Capri Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set with Firepit Table

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5. Stone chimneys

Having a built-in stone fire can take your patio to the next level! The classic charm of wooden furniture paired with a stone chimney can give you that camp-out vibe, but in a stylish, more sophisticated way. 

Classic stone chimney on a patio

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6. Concrete fire pit centre tables

When talking about functionality, this fire pit centre table says it all. Serving as a dual purpose, a heating source and a table, it makes an instant garden centrepiece.

This rectangular design perfectly fits in narrow spaces with a slimline lounge chair.

Concrete finish fire pit table for patios

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7. Patio heaters

Stylish patio heaters can be hung like lights (e.g. infrared heaters). But there are also pendant style and lamp-like standing heaters. In this patio, the heaters are fixed at the corners of the ceiling. They make the perfect addition to make a formal outdoor living space snug.

Infrared heaters hang on the patio ceiling

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8. Outdoor hot tubs and spas

Picture this: it’s a frosty December night, and a hot steam tub awaits you on your patio. Now we’re talking! Even in winter, you can warm up and relax in the comfort of your outdoor space with an outdoor hot tub!

Outdoor hot tub and spa on a patio

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9. Heated floor decking

Keep yourself and your family warm by installing radiant heating beneath the flooring. The heating system helps warm up your patio or deck. Added bonuses include melting fallen snow and keeping the patio from getting icy!

Patio with heated floor decking

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10. Sunken snug

This sunken patio seating design adds a modern fire pit to the banquette. It offers all the comfort you could ever ask for! If you have the budget, consider recreating something as stunning as this one in your own space.

Patio with sunken seating area and fire pit

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11. Corner garden luxury

When it comes to corner garden ideas, fire pits are a great way to create a feature at the end of your yard. Here, the design brings a stunning focal point to the scene. The built-in benches blend well with the fence, and they offer extra seating, which is a plus!

Corner garden fire pit setup

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12. Built-in fire pit

There’s an added bonus that a built-in fire pit offers to landscapes. And that’s transforming a typical patio into a liveable space, which adds value to the property. The warmth draws people in; at the same time, it could attract potential buyers.

13. Fire bowl

A compact fire bowl is the way to go for small gardens, patios and balconies. You can easily move it around or store it inside when not in use. Opt for a simple, concrete design that takes up minimal space but looks lovely when lit.

Fire bowl fire pit for small spaces

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14. Tabletop electric patio lamp heater

Add heat and a unique centrepiece to your patio with an electric patio lamp heater. There are more styles than you may think, and you’ll enjoy your patio way longer into winter!

Tabletop patio heat lamp heater

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15. Wheelbarrow heater

A wheelbarrow BBQ fire bowl that can be pushed to any place in the garden. The modern design will surely create a statement on your patio. But you can always go to the DIY route and turn a rusty old one into a centrepiece of your backyard.

Wheelbarrow fire pit for patio

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16. The ultimate outdoor kitchen

Make your outdoor kitchen a place you want to be on a chilly day. Opt for appliances that pack on the warmth. This includes a BBQ grill, pizza oven, and other cooking equipment that heat things up.

The addition of a fireplace will surely make guests want to hang out more on your patio after dinner ends.

Outdoor kitchen with a fireplace

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17. Flowerpot heater

Flowerpot heaters are kind of an improvised cold weather survival solution. The idea is to use stacked terracotta pots and use a few candles to generate heat to warm a room.

This can work when you want to heat a “personal” amount of space, such as a small patio.

Flower pot heater as a patio heat source

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18. Patio torches

Torches are a great garden lighting idea. They turn up the heat as well as the ambience of the outdoor space. Go for a bamboo stake for a tropical touch, or opt for a copper one to suit your modern patio setting.

Copper patio torches

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19. Rugs and blankets

Have you picked the best heat source for your patio? Great! Now, it’s time for some finishing touches.

Although outdoor rugs can’t provide the same warmth as a fire pit or heater, they can make a difference. It can make the space feel cosier, plus some blankets to snuggle with.

A simple patio setup with furniture decorated with a rug and blanket

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20. Heat lamps

As mentioned earlier, patio heaters are also available in freestanding lamps. They’re portable, don’t take up much room, and are usually fuelled by propane.

The BillyOh Medora, for one, has the potential to transform a cold night into a cosy garden party! Just flick the simple switch to provide instant heat and lighting to the gathering.

BillyOh Medora Free Standing Electric Patio Heater
BillyOh Medora Free Standing Electric Patio Heater

21. Wall-mounted alternative

Wall-mounted heaters can be a comforting addition to any patio and backyard setting. With a push of a button, turn the area into a heated oasis without taking too much floor space.

The BillyOh Alberta makes the perfect example. It uses a discrete design that takes up little space to heat your outdoor space quickly.

BillyOh Alberta Wall Mounted Electric Infrared Patio Heater
BillyOh Alberta Wall Mounted Electric Infrared Patio Heater

22. Radiant bar heaters

These are incredibly effective, especially with an enclosed outdoor kitchen area. This heater style is a good choice for windy and exposed locations near the ocean or on an escarpment.

Although they’re not as decorative as wood fires, they’re non-intrusive and can be installed on most exterior ceilings.

Radiant bar heaters for enclosed patios

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23. Fire pit lantern

Sometimes small things really can make a backyard space pop and warm. We’re talking about this portable fire pit lantern.

The protective mesh cage will keep anything (or anyone) from touching the inner tube. It reliably boosts the welcoming vibe when dotted around your patio.

Fire pit lanterns for patios

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24. Heater with built-in speakers

Here’s a great patio heater to spruce up your garden! It features built-in Bluetooth speakers and colour-changing LED lights. A perfect addition to blinging up your BBQ!

Look for a unit that comes with a remote so you can change the LED lights depending on your mood.

Patio heater with built-in speakers

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25. Ceramic heating table

If you’ve got no space to fit a BBQ or a fire pit on your patio, then you’ll love this! It’s a ceramic table with elegant steel legs that can be put to a whole range of practical uses.

From creating a warming fire to providing a table space, chill drinks and cooking up some BBQ. This small fire pit table has everything you need in one package.

4 in-1 Fire Pit, BBQ Grill, Ice Cooler, & Round Ceramic Table
4 in-1 Fire Pit, BBQ Grill, Ice Cooler, & Round Ceramic Table

26. Alcohol heater

This DIY approach can be a lifesaver during a winter power outage. It can provide you with heat for cooking while keeping you warm on a chilly night.

You only need common house supplies, making it an inexpensive option to heat your house or patio.

DIY alcohol heater for patios

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27. Natural gas approach

A natural gas heater may be the right solution for your winter patio needs. It may cost you a bit upfront, but the long-term costs are significantly less, and it’s much easier to maintain.

It produces a full range of heat instantly and it’s one of the most affordable fuel options.

Natural gas patio heater

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28. Solar can heater

This solar heater sucks the cold air from your home through a tube installed at the bottom. When the sunlight hits the soda cans, they will be heated pretty quickly, warming the cold air.

The hot air then returns through the tube on the upper part of the frame. If you’re looking for ways to heat up your space using natural energy, this method is for you!

DIY solar can heater

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29. Cast iron outdoor heating

Offering an eccentric style, this will look fantastic on your rustic-themed patio. The quaint fireplace offers an old-world vibe that would also sit well in a bohemian-themed space.

Opt for a smaller size if you have a small patio. Place it in the corner, fire it up and enjoy the warmth.

Cast iron outdoor heating

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30. Double up the look

For courtyards, one heating source isn’t enough. Take this outdoor entertainment space, for example. A fireplace can be seen in the yard kitchen.

Meanwhile, a fire feature is also set in the pit. Doubling up the look creates an even bigger statement while offering extra warmth.

Fireplace and a fire pit outdoor setup

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31. Fire bowl with console

A compact design that makes the most of vertical space -ideal for vertical garden ideas. The design of this pair brings the flickering flames and warmth closer to eye level.

The elevating look also frees up space for storage. Make use of that space underneath with logs for a stylish effect. Top tip: The taller and sleek the console, the better.

Fire bowl with handy console for logs

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32. Metal can electric heater

DIY metal can electric heaters are a safer option as they do not involve open flames. They make a perfect option to use in areas such as a garage or shed, other than on patios.

The preparation takes several steps, requiring you to buy numerous items. This video tutorial will come in handy.

DIY metal can electric heater

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33. Gas bottle log burner

You can get that extra bit of time enjoying the outdoors without freezing with this project! Giving a midcentury and modern chiminea look, you can recreate this with a bit of time and creativity.

Prepare propane gas cylinders (make sure they’re washed off well) to get started.

DIY gas bottle log burner

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34. Old washing machine drum fire pit

This tossed-out washing machine drum can be your patio’s new heating source. You can skip the decorative elements, and high-heat paint will do. But make sure to file any sharp edges and use steel parts for the legs for safety.

Old washing machine drum fire pit

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35. Metal fire pit bowl

Ideal for a modern and minimalist garden style, this metal fire bowl has a polished and sleek design. The stainless steel material offers durability and corrosion- and stain-resistant surface.

It doesn’t require any prep work, as well – just set it in place, get some firewood and start using it.

Huge metal fire pit bowl

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36. L-shaped design

Give every seat access to the fire! Build a banquette that mimics the L-shape of the fire pit to enjoy the open fire from any angle. Keep your seating low to create a relaxed experience, as long as 12 inches off the ground.

L-shaped patio fire pit design

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37. Chiminea fire pit

This log burner chiminea also makes the perfect focal point for get-togethers. Its slim, tall design is great for smaller gardens as it can easily be stored in the corner or a shed.

With the black body and mesh door give this wood fire model a modern twist.

BillyOh Austin Metal Chiminea Fire Pit Patio Heater
BillyOh Austin Metal Chiminea Fire Pit Patio Heater

38. On the ground heat source

This built-in fire pit offers the perfect entertaining headquarters. The in-ground design makes the ideal option if you want a permanent heat source fixture on your patio.

When not in use, cover it to keep out the weather and prevent anyone from tumbling into it.

On the ground fire pit setup

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39. Fire pit and grill in one

This patio heat source concept is a win-win for your fire pit and barbecue party! You can have the grill suspended over your fire pit to support a frying pan and large pot.

Or install a grill rate on the other side, a spark screen, so everyone is protected, and a fireplace poker.

Fire pit and grill in one

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40. Steel fire cube

We love the fresh and modern design of this steel fire cube. The gel fuel is made of pure alcohol, water, salt and thickeners, and it burns for 2-3 hours. A perfect addition to balconies and small patio spaces that need a heat source.

Steel fire cube for patios

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41. Ceiling propane gas heater

Propane gas heaters are convenient and versatile. The hanging pendant-like design also saves floor space while providing equal heat to the space. Some common designs include wall-mounted models, stand-up versions, and even tabletop ones.

Ceiling propane gas heater

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42. Tungsten smart-heat gas portable

This heater offers efficient heating in a stylish, modular, and portable design. It features a neutral black finish and is powerful yet easy to manoeuvre.

If you want to add a piece of modern art and a high-performance radiant heater in one to your patio, this is your best bet!

Tungsten smart-heat gas portable heater for patios

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43. Glass tube design

The latest design and heat, glass tube-type heaters bring style to outdoor heating. Their unique, visually mesmerising flame provides an equal and good amount of heat.

Opt for a model with a 360-degree caged heating element to heat everyone who sits around it!

Glass tube-design patio heater

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44. Quartz heater

Quartz heaters are effective outdoor heating solutions thanks to the type of infrared they emit. The infrared provides enough warmth to offset the cooler temperatures outside.

What’s more, this radiant heat warms everyone without being dissipated by the air.

Quartz patio heater

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45. Steel wood burner centrepiece

Looking for solid steel outdoor heater ideas? How about this contemporary beauty fit for any patio centrepiece? The weather-resistant carbon steel will age beautifully, perfect for your rustic-themed patio.

Steel wood fire pit burner table centrepiece

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Round-up

With the addition of a heating source, you have the freedom to extend the time spent on your patio. It also upgrades the look of your outdoor living space, making it functional all year round.

You’ll now be able to host get-togethers and entertain in your patio into the late evening, even in winter. And, with our range of patio heating ideas, surely there’s something to suit your taste and budget.

For more garden makeover designs, read our ultimate list of garden ideas next!

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FAQs

Infrared heaters, also known as radiant heaters, are the best option. They only warm the objects beneath them; these include you and the furniture.

You can go wood with a fire pit or fireplace. Electric with patio heaters or propane with heat lamps.

Infrared heat technology poses no threat of open flames. Hence, they can be used as long as there is a minimum of 2 feet of clearance between them and the patio roof.

Yes, but you'll want to make sure they are clear of the sides and the roof to prevent the tent from burning.