Summer is marked by spending time outside with friends and family and enjoying the fresh outdoors for as long as you can before the cold air and dark nights of winter force you inside. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor heating options that will allow you to extend your fresh air time into the cooler months. Whether you like hosting gatherings with friends, relaxing with family, or just enjoying quiet evenings under the stars, investing in a some type of outdoor heating will keep you comfortable and happy for the long haul.

Here are four wonderful options to heat your space that will keep you satisfied and cozy well beyond the summer months.

1. Fire Pits

The fire pit has been used as a place to gather and share stories, meals, and quality time for centuries. These open, ground-level systems are designed to contain fire while providing heat, light, and that classic ambiance we all love. They are a focal point that typically sit at the center of countless social gatherings. There are two main types of fire pits and each has advantages and considerations to take into account.

Wood-Burning Fire Pits

a woman in a pink sweater with a glass of wine standing next to a dog by a fire pitPeople who love the outdoors, the sound of crackling wood as it burns, and the smells of smoke and burning wood love the authentic and rustic nature of this type of fire pit. These options are often made from stone, steel, cast iron, or some other durable and heat-resistant material.

Wood-burning fire pits are cost effective since wood tends to be among the most affordable – and renewable – fuel sources. They also bring a natural look to your outdoor living space as they sit ground level and the structure tends to keep a relatively low profile. The materials that make up a wood-burning pit can easily be made to match your outdoor surroundings whether that’s concrete, metal, brick, or stone.

Of course, the always available option of roasting s’mores over an open, crackling, wood fire can be a big advantage to the wood-burning pit, as well.

Gas-Powered Fire Pits

The advantage that gas-powered fire pits offer over wood-burning pits lies in their convenience and control. These fire pits use natural gas or propane as fuel which means smokeless burning and controllable heat output. They can be lit by the press of a button and adjusted to fit the needs of the evening. They generally have a higher profile than their wood-burning counterparts, but they can be made to fit right into the aesthetic design of the outdoor space.

If you are in the market for a low maintenance way to keep your outdoor area well heated and cozy this might be the option for you. Keep in mind, however, that gas-powered pits nearly always need to be professionally installed. Lucky for you, at Big Ash Fireplace we have the necessary experts ready to make this a reality for you.

2. Fire Tables

Fire tables are a great option for homeowners who enjoy dining or sipping their coffee outside. These versatile healing options combine the function of a table with the warmth of a fire pit. They are designed so that a fire can be lit in the center of the table while drinks, food, and anything else you might use a table for can happen around it.

Just like fire pits, fire tables can be either wood-burning or gas-powered. The fire table is designed to keep fire contained which reduces the risk of accidents, and they are flexible in design, as well – your options are seemingly endless.

If you have a vision for your outdoor space Big Ash Fireplace will help you find the perfect fit.

3. Outdoor Fireplaces

a gray stone outdoor fireplace outside a large cabinDo you love hosting larger gatherings of friends and family? An outdoor fireplace offers a wonderful way to provide heat and ambiance to your party. They offer a visual appeal that is stunning, and they can be designed as standalone units or built into existing outdoor structures like patios or walls. And, just like a fireplace in your home, they can be designed to burn wood or gas.

Beyond their elegant and luxurious look, an outdoor fireplace provides shelter to the fire which allows it to burn longer and stronger. This means that heat can radiate out and keep larger outdoor spaces warmer well into the cooler months of the year.

Because of their larger and more intricate design they can be costly to install, but for a home that loves to spend as much time as possible outside there is nothing that can beat the atmosphere and warmth provided by an outdoor fireplace.

Call Us Today to Learn More

Ready to get started? Call us today at Big Ash Fireplace – or reach out online – to find out how you can enjoy the outdoors for longer this year. Our professionals will make sure you are able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while staying warm and comfortable through it all.

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