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Enjoy Your Patio Through Winter With Outdoor Heating

Enjoy Your Patio Through Winter With Outdoor Heating

Posted on: April 5th, 2019

With a variety of stylish and practical outdoor heating options available, Stratco has the solution for keeping you warm outside this winter.  

Do you find that your outdoor areas get neglected through the colder months in favor of staying warm inside? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

In considering how to keep you and your guests warm and cozy in your outdoor space, the two main options are either a Patio Heater or a Fire Pit. Both options have many variations and their own lists of pro’s and con’s. Deciding between the available options will depend on personal preferences and their suitability in the proposed space. Below is a guide to help you determine which heat source is best for your outdoor living area.

Gas Patio Heaters

Gas patio heaters are capable of heating large areas with the use of a gas bottle and are commonly used in commercial settings for this reason. Children and animals are safe around pole style patio heaters such as there are no flying sparks or embers. Patio heaters heat quickly, provide a lot of heat and are low maintenance.

If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors this winter on a deck or under a patio, then a patio heater may be perfect for you.

Ventilation requirements

Outdoor gas heaters require adequate ventilation and should not be used to heat indoor areas.  Refer to product warning labels and manufacturer's instructions for more information.

Gas Patio Heater Benefits:

  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Warms large areas
  • Easy to move
  • Low maintenance
  • Provides quick heat
  • Can be used safely around pets and children
  • Perfect for usage under a patio or on a deck
  • Portable, easy to move
  • Adjustable intensity allows user to control the ambience
  • Gas is a readily available, affordable energy source
  • Gas burns completely, leaving no mess, odour or residue

Electric Patio Heaters

Electric patio heaters offer a great alternative to gas patio heaters and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor areas. These heaters are commonly found in a "strip" form which makes them easy to install on surfaces such as ceilings, allowing for an even heat dispersion from the heater surface. Electric patio heaters are often less obtrusive than gas heaters options, yet they are still capable of providing enjoyable and gentle warmth at minimal operating costs. 

Electric Patio Heater Benefits

  • Stylish and unobtrusive design
  • Produces gentle radiant heat 
  • Temperature control 
  • Perfect for enclosed areas with minimal ventilation
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to install, mount and plug in 
  • Very safe for use with pets and children
  • Low energy costs


If you have decided that a patio heater is the right choice for your outdoor setting, make sure to check out the range of affordable patio heaters at Stratco.

Fire Pits

If you are looking for a more authentic outdoor winter experience, then a fire pit may be what you’re after. Fire pits are a great alternative to open fires as they safely contain the fire itself and can also be moved around with ease. Wood or coal is typically used as fuel, making fire pits a highly cost effective heating option.

Fire pits can also help you to create the perfect atmosphere for any outdoor winter gathering, providing warmth and the ideal flame for roasting some marshmallows. 

Fire Pit Benefits

  • Wide range of design options
  • Open flames produce an outstanding atmosphere
  • Provides warmth and light for entertaining
  • Can be moved easily
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Marshmallow and food roasting capabilities

If a fire pit sounds like something you would like in your backyard, Stratco has a range of fire pits in many different shapes and styles to choose from and firewood available. Traditional round style fire pits are available while Stratco also stocks a variety of stylish pits to suit any back yard.  

Stratco's range of outdoor heating products are available both online and in store. If you are still unsure about what style of outdoor heating you would like to try this winter, get in contact with us or visit your local Stratco store for all the help and assistance you might need.