How to get the most out of your garden all year round

When you’ve worked so hard to perfect your garden, it’s only natural that you’ll want to use it (and show it off!) at every opportunity.

But, with the British weather far from predictable and even the warmest of days falling cold after dark, it can be difficult to find the time to gather in the garden and enjoy out door living.

Garden heaters that have been specifically designed for outdoor use allow you to overcome this barrier and enjoy your garden long into the night!

What are the most popular types of outdoor heater?

Electric heaters

Electric heaters are one of the easiest ways to heat your garden. All you need to do is plug it in, turn it on, and enjoy unlimited warmth.

There are a wide range of electric heaters available, so there’s bound to be a model out there to suit your individual requirements in terms of budget, design, and available space.

There are, however, a number of things to consider when you’re considering investing in an electric heater…

– Short wave, medium wave, or long wave?

Short wave lamps tend to be more effective and versatile as the heat produced in their infrared band warms the body rather than the air. This means that the heat won’t be affected by factors such as the wind. Medium and long wave lamps, on the other hand, warm the air itself, making it much more difficult to direct the flow of heat.

Short wave lamps also generally use clear halogen, ruby red halogen, or gold bulbs, whereas their medium and long wave counterparts use quartz.

– How many kws?

Electric heaters come in a range of kws – and the higher the kws, the more warmth the heater will generate.

– Do you have access to electricity?

It might seem like we’re stating the obvious, but this is definitely something to think about! For your electric heater to work, you will need to have access to an electricity supply. If this is going to be a problem, you might need to consider another type of heater.


Originating in Mexico, Chimeneas are a traditional form of outdoor heater made from clay, cast iron, or steel. The majority of chimeneas embrace a distinctive traditional design, with a rounded lower body and a vertical smoke stack.

Chimeneas are relatively simple to use – simply load wood into the structure’s open front, and light the fire.

Metal or clay?

If you’re looking for a more traditional effect, or a bright colour, clay chimeneas come in a wide variety of designs and colours.

In terms of price, metal chimeneas tend to be more expensive than clay chimeneas, however they also tend to last longer thanks to their robust and durable nature.

Firepits and fire baskets

Firepits and fire baskets are becoming increasingly popular. These outdoor heaters are freestanding, open fireplaces, which are typically made from steel or cast iron.

As well as generating heat, firepits and fire baskets can also be used for cooking and BBQing!