Getting the most out of your garden furniture in the summer months may depend on the unpredictable climate to a certain extent but you can tip the scales in your favour by investing in some form of outdoor heating.
At the very basic level this may be simply achieved by setting aside a corner of your garden for a small bonfire. If this isn’t practical though a fire pit might be the next best option. Essentially, a firepit is a portable fireplace that can be cleaned out after use.
Since a fire pit is something you’ll want to use every year, it’s worth paying a bit extra for durable materials and build quality but you don’t have to go over the top. Reasonably priced pits start at around £50 and can be good value for money…
76 cm Garden Firepit – this classic design pit features a black sheen finish and comes with a mesh lid to prevent embers from escaping. Diameter: 76 x Height: 55cm. £49.99 from very.co.uk
Kala Oxidised Firepit – an oxidized metal bowl rests upon a cast iron base, providing secure footing and a rustic, decorative effect. Diameter: 56 x Height: 38cm. £59.99 from very.co.uk
Solar Firepit – a decorative option featuring rusted metal loops with a mesh basket interior. Diameter: 63 x Height: 42cm. £119 from johnlewis.com
Planet Firepit – a contemporary design with an all black finish. Diameter: 63 x Height: 40cm. £183 from johnlewis.com
Originally from Mexico, chimineas feature an enclosed design with a tall chimney to control the smoke fumes. Offering a more comfortable experience as well as a positive aesthetic.
You can pay over £1,000 for a designer chiminea but budget options are available that work just as well…
Leon Mesh Chimenea – a bronzed metal body with a wire mesh middle. Diameter: 38 x Height: 90cm. £59.99 from very.co.uk
Medium Mesh Colorado Chimenea – a contemporary conical design with a 360° mesh body. Diameter: 45 x Height: 125cm. £149.99 from very.co.uk
Morsø Kamino Outdoor Chiminea Fireplace – features a tall, slender cast-iron body with an open fireplace. Diameter: 50 x Height: 180cm. £999 from johnlewis.com
Electric patio heaters are a convenient option, providing quiet, smoke-free heat at the flick of a switch. Obviously, not as decorative or characterful as their wood burning counterparts but they do the job. Modern versions come with infrared heating elements which are energy efficient too, providing tactical heat just where it’s needed…
Polaris Standing Heater – a free-standing option which is height adjustable and has 3 heat settings. Diameter: 59 x Height: 162 – 201cm. £199.99 from johnlewis.com
Table Top Electric Heater – a versatile table-top option that can be brought out when needed to provide some much needed warmth. Diameter: 59 x Height: 80cm. £170 from johnlewis.com