Summer may be over and the nights are drawing in, but this does not mean you have to pack your patio furniture away until next spring. There are a variety of ways in which you can heat your patio during the colder months, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space all year round.

What kind of patio heater is best?

Patio heaters have become increasingly popular in recent years and are a common sight in beer gardens or the outdoor seating areas of restaurants. If you take a trip to most major European cities in the depths of winter, you will notice freezing temperatures do not necessarily stop the locals and tourists enjoying an al fresco lunch. Powerful patio heaters and restaurant-provided blankets mean year-round people watching and fresh air.

Patio heaters are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes, so you will need to ensure you make the right choice for your space. A small patio will not require much heating; however, if you want to create enough warmth for a larger gathering, you might need more than one heater. Gas patio heaters are popular and are available in a wide variety of designs. You will be able to find more traditional styles along with contemporary designs that look great outside a modern home.

Outdoor wood burning stoves

If you love the look of a real fire, you will love wood burning stoves. Not only do they provide impressive amounts of heat but also they look great. While many gardens have chimeneas or small fire pits, these are not usually very effective ways of providing heat. You would need a larger product such as the Legend Garden Cube to give off the kind of heat you get from a wood burner. An outdoor wood burning stove works in the same way as a regular indoor one - you will even be able to adjust the heat output with most models. Even better, if you opt for a model that is designed to give off heat from every direction, your guests will be able to gather around the stove and you can provide far more heat than if you went for a model designed to be placed in a corner or in front of a wall.

If you love entertaining outdoors and do not want to stop just because the temperatures have dipped, an outdoor heating solution could help you to enjoy your garden well into the winter months.