Fire Pits vs. Patio Heaters

Fire Pits vs. Patio Heaters
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    If you are thinking about heating an outdoor space or patio, then there are two alternate ways in which you can do this.

    There are patio heaters or fire pits, and both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.


You should take your time to look more carefully at these pros and cons before making a final decision.

The Pros And Cons of Fire Pits

When it comes to fire pits, you may be surprised that there are a number of different options that are available. In fact, there are four main kinds of fire pit that is available to purchase and these are, stainless steel, a fire pit table, copper and finally gas powered. Stainless steel fire pits are excellent for those people who are looking for a style that is a bit more contemporary and modern in appearance.

A fire pit table is a large table that has the fire pit situated in the middle so that everyone gets the benefits of the heat given off from the fire. A copper fire pit bowl is another popular style and it has the added benefit of being duel purpose, as in the heat of the summer, it can be filled with ice and used to keep drinks cool. Gas fire pits are convenient as they have the ability to provide instant heat and flame and are ideal for those people who do not want the hassle of waiting for a fire to reach its full intensity.

Does Bowl Size Matter?

With fire pits, it is all about the bowl size, and this is one of the downsides to fire pits and you need to be looking at fire pit bowls in the 18 to 22 inch range as these are the right size for an average sized log. If you go smaller with your fire pit bowl, then you are going to have to downsize on the logs, and on top of this, you will not get as much radiant heat from a smaller fire pit bowl as you can expect from a larger one. One of the major downsides to owning a fire pit compared to a patio heater is that you have to empty the fire pit of ash, and this can be a bit of a chore at the best of times.

What About Patio Heaters?

The other choice when it comes to outdoor heaters comes in the form of patio heaters. These are primarily designed for ease and safety and they come in two main varieties, gas and electrical powered. Gas powered patio heaters can be run from the main gas supply or by the use of propane gas cylinders. Gas powered patio heaters tend to be free standing, whereas, electrically powered patio heaters can either be free standing or fixed to a wall or ceiling.

If you are looking to heat a smaller area, then you can also buy table top heaters, and these are ideal as they are also very portable and less intrusive than the larger free standing variety. For all varieties except the wall mounted versions, you should make sure that your patio heater s equipped with a safety cut-out feature that switches the heater off in the event of it being toppled.

When comparing patio heaters to fire pits, I would go with the patio heater, and that is because they are safer, more portable, require less cleaning and they provide more value for money than a fire pit.

John Miller is an expert in exterior design. He enjoys sharing his expertise with others through writing for a number of online publications.

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