Stay Warm in Your Garden Through Winter

A propane-fueled fire table is a great option. (photo Maureen Robinson)

Getting outside is essential now.

2020 has been a year of rediscovering and relishing our gardens. It’s a huge privilege to have a little piece of earth (or balcony), and going outside has been a game changer for so many of us. With that in mind and fall just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about heat sources to extend the season for as long as possible. What are our options to stay warm outside?

The trusty fire pit

Fire pits have been around a long time, and you might even have one. But do you like yours and do you use it? One of the biggest drawbacks to a fire pit is waving your hands wildly every time the wind shifts and then smelling like a pile of ashes at the end of the evening. For a smokeless option, I’ve been eyeing the Solo Stove for a while now, and I have a client who swears by them. I admit I don’t love the stainless steel exterior, but they are sleek, not to mention portable. Another smokeless option is a Breeo (below). I think I’m going to splurge on one of these for our gravel area. I want my daughter to be able to have some pod friends over this fall and this seems like a good way to do it.

The Breeo 24 can stand alone or be used as an insert in a built structure.

How about a fire table?

Fire tables are a great option, giving you extra room for food and drinks along with a warming focal point. Some of the best options have a gas source, like this propane table from Woodland Direct. Just be sure to check the details on the tank- sometimes it fits under the table, and sometimes it stands separately and you’ll want to think about where you’re going to hide it. (Pro tip- if you’re having a patio built, ask your contractor to bury a conduit to run the gas line through to another area, e.g. behind a seat wall.)

Fire table from Woodlands Direct

Stay warm with portable heaters

When you want heat without flames, a great option is a portable heater. These range in size from table top to free-standing. They generally run on propane, though some are electric. Here’s a good article I just saw with a few options.

But wait- how about a heated floor pad?!

Here’s what I’m definitely adding to my screened porch- a heated floor mat. Why didn’t I think of this before? With a mat like this outside, I’ll be able to stay warm from my feet up. They come in many sizes and are typically used to melt ice on walkways, porches, etc. You can simply hide one under an outdoor area rug if you don’t want the utilitarian look. Oh, you don’t have an outdoor rug? Splurge!

Outdoor rug from Perigold
Perigold has a great selection of outdoor rugs, and just about anything else you need.

Are you ready for fall and winter outside? I’ll let you know how my new additions are working out, and I’d love to help you set up your space, too. Have a project you’re thinking about? Let’s work on it together.