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Outdoor heating creates a warm and inviting space that will likely increase the time you spend entertaining, enjoying, and relaxing outdoors. A few options are available to choose from that will suit your style, preferences, and pocket. 

So, what are the best heaters for a patio?

This question doesn’t have a one size fits all answer. It all depends on your needs. Decisive factors include;

  • how efficient your chosen heat source is
  • the size of the area you require heating
  • the space your chosen heater will take up
  • the overall design for your patio.

Electric heaters

Electric heaters are a tried and tested option that can be your first port of call if you are looking for a simple heating solution.

All you need is a socket to plug it in, and you are good to go. You can invest in a stand-alone heater that has an adjustable height stand, which ensures somewhat even distribution of heat around your seating area.

There are permanent electric heating solutions available, which can be fitted on the ceiling or around your patio. While this option ensures enough heat distribution for even the chilliest days, it may add significantly to your electricity bill. 

You can also get a table-top heater, which will serve the heating purpose just fine. When opting for electric heaters, choose the energy-efficient ones. The infrared electric heaters are the ideal choice for energy efficiency.

Fire pits

These have become a common trend in the design of most outdoor patios. Modern architects have designed fire pits that even double as barbeques.

Fire pits can be portable or fixed, use wood or gas, and come in different shapes, sizes, and designs that range from rustic to contemporary.

They are perfect for creating a focal point of entertainment for your patio.

On the downside, if your patio has wood or vinyl decking, fire pits will not be an option for you unless you purchase one specifically designed for wooden decks. 

Wood-fed fire pits are not environmentally friendly as burning wood emits smoke into the environment and contributes to carbon emissions.

Smoke emitted from burning firewood may also affect your neighbours, so you need to evaluate whether a fire pit is suitable for your setting before erecting one.


Who can resist the coziness of an excellent old-fashioned fireplace? You can get fireplaces in various sizes and designs ideal for warming up a spacious area, and they can be fixed or prefab. 

Just as with wood-fueled fire pits, you will need to be wary of environmental pollution when burning firewood.

Gas heaters

Gas heaters have become a popular means of outdoor heating for bars and restaurants. The most popular style for outdoor gas heaters is the tower heaters. 

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Many modern designs will give your outdoor living area a chic look while keeping you and your guests warm. 

Add value to your outdoor living space

At Sydney Heaters, we have a wide variety of deck heating solutions that will fit perfectly to your patio. Whether your desired choice is gas, wood, or electricity, we have something for everyone. 

Our heaters are uniquely designed and built to last, a perfect investment for your outdoor living space. Contact Sydney Heaters for all your outdoor heating needs.

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