5 outdoor heating ideas to help make your backyard usable in the winter

While California has great weather all year round, that doesn't mean that it doesn't get chilly at night in the winter! I don't know about you, but to me 40 degrees is chilly.

But as Californians, we LOVE the outdoors, even if it is chilly. So, how can we enjoy those cold nights without our fingers falling off? Let's go over some ideas right now!

Patio Heater

This is the fastest, and lowest maintenance option. You just plug and play. You don't have to worry about getting logs, struggling to start the fire or any of that (if you’re not into that kind of thing). Prices are also very affordable, with units starting at around $200. Another great benefit with these is you can move them around, according to your needs for that day.

Outdoor Masonry Fireplace

The most expensive option, but also the one with the most visual impact. This is for you if you want to kick things up to a whole other level, with that classy elegant look. Since they are permanent, make sure you choose your spot wisely before you commit. Also, keep in mind that you'll need to have a contractor build this, so you may have to wait a while. Prices start at around $2000.

Masonry Fire pits

For my DIY friends, this option is for you. Just go on Youtube and watch some video tutorials on 'how to build your own fire pit', and you'll see that you can bang it out in afternoon, and wind up with a proper, nice looking fire pit. Materials won't cost much, and it is a simple build (providing you're doing a wood burning fire pit and not gas).

Portable Fire pits

If you want to go on the cheap to the max, then this is the option for you. The price on these start around $50. Keep in mind you will need to collect and store your own wood and learn how to start fires. This is actually pretty fun, but if you're not about that lifestyle then an electric patio heater would be better for you.


People either love these or they hate them, as they look a little unusual, and rustic. Regardless, no one can deny their awesome utility of being able to double as an oven. Yes, fire pits can also double as grills, in case you're wondering, but a fire pit can't double as an oven. Chimineas are also pretty darn inexpensive with models starting at only $150.

Well, there we go. Fully heated up! Five options to heat your backyard so you can stay toasty in the winter.

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