Fire Pit and Patio Heater Buying Guide

Discover the warmth of fire pits this season. Learn about the different types of patio heaters, gas and propane units, outdoor fire pit accessories, and more! Whether you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor heaters or want to add one to your outdoor living space, find out everything you need to know in our buying guide.

Stay Warm in Style

Kick back and relax on your patio or deck into the night. Our selection of patio heaters and fire pits will keep you warm all summer long. And why not use them to enjoy your outdoor space earlier in the spring and later in the fall? From accessories to the latest in patio heater trends, we have everything you need to create the coziest backyard ever.

Gas Fire Pits

From sleek stainless-steel tables to concrete fire bowls, fire pits come in many shapes and sizes. They will amp up the cozy ambiance of your backyard and keep you warm when the sun goes down.
PROS

  • Does not produce smoke
  • Less maintenance and no ash to deal with
  • Faster heating time
  • Easier to use in inclement weather
  • More affordable fuel
CONS
  • Needs a tank or a gas line connection
  • Not portable
  • Less heat
  • Not for cooking


Wood-Burning Fire Pits

Bring the indoors outside with an outdoor fireplace. Wood-burning fire pits are perfect for roasting marshmallows or making s’mores.

PROS

  • Easier to set up
  • More portable
  • Greater heat
  • Can be used for grilling
CONS
  • More smoke
  • Slower to heat up
  • Regular cleaning and maintenance needed
  • Can be harder to use in harsh weather
  • Wood may be pricey, particularly in urban areas

Patio Heaters

The quintessential item for any outdoor patio, these heaters come in many configurations—table, standing, hanging, and mounted. There are electric, infrared, propane, and natural gas models available.

Although each type has its own pros and cons, we love electric patio heaters for their many benefits:

  • Great for small spaces
  • An eco-friendly choice
  • Affordable
  • Hanging options available
  • Can be used all year long

Safety First

Always remember to keep any open flame away from combustible materials and at a safe distance from you and your guests. They should be at least 10’ away from any structure or neighbouring yard. Fire pits and fireplaces shouldn’t be used in covered areas, like under gazebos or covered porches. Always place your fire pit on a nonflammable surface.

Note: Remember to research municipal bylaws before purchasing your outdoor fireplace or patio heater, especially wood-burning fire pits.

Fire Pit and Patio Heater Features
Eco-Friendly

These fire pits and patio heaters use bioethanol, a clean-burning ethanol and a great substitute for natural gas or wood logs. You can also opt for logs made of renewable resources that release up to 80% fewer emissions than regular wood. 

Safety Shutoff

An important feature if you have little ones around! The safety shutoff will turn the device off as soon as the fire pit or outdoor fireplace is tilted.

 Portability

If you want flexibility when placing your patio heater, portability is key. Some heaters and fire pits are fitted with wheels, which will allow you to move the unit around with ease.

Related Articles

Soft top gazebo with an outdoor dining set and plants

Gazebo, Pergola, and Canopy Buying Guide

Find everything there is to know about gazebos, canopies, and pergolas so you can create a shady spot for your outdoor living space.
Five-piece patio set with red area rug and white ceramic stool.

10 Perfect Patio Decor Picks

Find the best in patio furniture and decor for your outdoor living space from our style and trends director, Cindy Jardim.
man looking at vegetables and ribs on the rack of a pellet grill

Pellet Grill Buying Guide

Learn all about pellet grills, from how to use one to a rundown of all the pellet flavours in our Pellet Grill Buying Guide.