December 1, 2021

Warm up your outdoor spaces this winter.

It only takes a few adjustments to turn your backyard oasis into a winter wonderland. Make sure you have plenty of mood lighting, toss some blankets and pillows onto your most comfortable conversation seating, and of course, add a heat source or two.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to outdoor heating. Here are some things to consider when looking at your options.

Patio Heater

Natural Gas

  • Permanent placement.

  • Connect to the home’s gas line.

  • High costs up front, lower long-term cost

  • Fumes may be a concern


  • Portable and convenient

  • Tabletop options available

  • No gas line required

  • Fumes may be a concern


  • Portable and cost efficient

  • Available in a variety of designs

  • Can be used in an enclosed space

  • Electrical outlet required

Fire Pit

Natural Gas Built-In

  • Professional installation required

  • Available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes

  • Permanent structure

  • Clean burning with easy on/off ignition

Brick or Stone Built-In

  • Easy and cost-effective DIY project

  • Permanent structure

  • Offers a campfire look and feel

  • Burning wood produces smoke and can throw embers

Fire Pit Table

  • Attractive options for every budget and style

  • Clean burning with easy on/off ignition

  • Rest drinks and snacks on the table rim

  • Table height design with rim reduces risk for pets and children

  • Use in a well-ventilated area

Gel-fueled tabletop accent

  • Inexpensive and attractive

  • Portable and convenient

  • Clean burning with easy on/off

  • Can be used in an enclosed space

Outdoor Fireplace

Small portable chimenea

  • Cost effective

  • Portable

  • Burns wood

Brick oven

  • Costly, but attainable

  • Options for natural gas, propane or wood

  • Adds heat, visual interest and cooking functions

Custom masonry

  • Luxury feature on a luxury budget

  • Endless design options

  • Typically built to burn wood or natural gas.

Is it time to redo your backyard? Talk to the Boles Group at Bay Equity Home Loans in Gilbert. We have refinance options that will convert the equity in your home to cash for backyard upgrades, debt consolidation or just about anything else you can think of.