Comparing Outdoor Heating Options: Electric Heaters vs. Fire Pits vs. Gas Heaters


When it comes to ensuring you can use your outdoor spaces all year round, outdoor heating is vital. From fire pits to outdoor electric heaters, the market is packed with great options. Designed to keep your next gathering warm and inviting late into the evening, which is the right option for your backyard?

In this latest blog, we are going to explore the three most popular types of outdoor heaters in Perth, taking a closer look at how they work, the benefits they provide and key factors you need to consider.

What outdoor heaters are available?

There are three primary styles of outdoor heaters available. Outdoor electric heaters in Perth are one of the most popular choices, providing good heating while being very simple and efficient to use. By utilising electricity, these heaters are also a greener and cleaner option, although they can sometimes be a little limited in terms of the heat generated and where they can be placed. 

Fire pits are another popular addition and are available with a range of fuel sources, including wood, propane and natural gas. These are a wonderful choice for any homeowner looking to create a rustic and cosy environment, although these pits do often require more maintenance and the smoke produced can be somewhat off-putting. An offshoot of the traditional fire pit and for a more modern look, EcoSmart pits come in a range of designs and run on bioethanol.

Finally, outdoor gas heaters are a great addition to any space. These types of heaters provide consistent and powerful heat, but can often come with higher running costs compared to other options.

Key factors to consider

All three types of heaters can help you transform your outdoor space. To ensure you get the right option for your home, there are a number of factors to consider:

Ease of use

When it comes to ease of use and low maintenance, outdoor electric heaters are one of the best, simply requiring an electric power source. On the other hand, fire pits often need regular cleaning and fuel management, while gas heaters will require refilling. 


Cost is another major element, so make sure you take the time to explore the various options available to you. 

Safety considerations

Safety is an important factor. ‘Open flame’ options, such as fire pits, should be placed in a well ventilated place away from flammable materials. 

Heat output

Gas heaters are one of the best in terms of heat produced, providing consistent and powerful heat that can cover a large outdoor area. So consider how large the area is to be heated – the type of heater and its heat output can make a world of difference.


Finally, you should also consider versatility. Electric heaters and fire pits are often lighter and more portable, allowing you to move them around your backyard with ease.

Which option is right for you?

Finding the right outdoor heater for your home depends on a wide range of factors. The first should be the available space you have, with outdoor electric heaters better suited to smaller spaces and gas heaters, for larger spaces. You should also consider how you will use your heaters. For example, do you often host larger social gatherings, enjoy a relaxing moment outside or do you plan to dine outside? 

Of course, a personal design preference should also play a major role in your decision. Think about the aesthetics you want to create, how easy the heater is to use and whether it aligns with your environmental concerns.

Looking for the right outdoor heater for your home?

From fire pits to electric and gas heaters, there is a wide range of options out here in Perth to help you transform your backyard.

So if you would like to find out more, browse through our range of heaters or contact us for friendly advice.

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