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Heat sources for your garden to enjoy the great outdoors

The good weather makes us all want to spend more time outdoors, and having friends around for a BBQ on a Saturday night is definitely one of the highlights of brief sunshine. In typical Ireland fashion however, the temporary respite from the rain makes outdoor entertaining opportunities limited, and that’s before we even get started on the temperature. If you want to spend more time outdoors though there are a few options which can make it feel slightly more pleasant, so here are a few heat sources for your garden to help you enjoy the great outdoors a bit more this summer until the weather is more co-operative.

Fire pit

If you have the space in your back garden, a fire pit is a stylish addition to your outdoor entertaining space that you and guests will love sitting around, chatting into the wee hours of the night. It doesn’t have to be a large laborious process to incorporate this into your garden – check out this example which is simple yet very effective. If you are a DIY enthusiast you could try your hand at making your own pallet seating, or if you can’t dedicate a whole space of your garden to this, something with fold away furniture will be more appropriate, as will a small fire pit which you can add a table top to when not in use.

Space heater or patio heater

These are quite common in restaurants and bars around Ireland where creating comfortable outdoor seating is just as important as indoors, and while these are generally large industrial size heaters, they are available on a smaller scale for your garden as patio heaters. These can be wall mounted for a permanent fixture in your garden, or on wheels so you can store them away when you finally bid farewell to summer. They differ in price and power, so if this is something you’re considering it’s best to shop around first.


You’ve probably seen variations of these front loading bulbous fire ovens for a while now, and their popularity shows no signs of waning as they are one of the more reliable and inexpensive heat sources for your garden this summer. Typically, they are made from clay however cast iron variations are available too which allow you to keep them outdoors all year round.  All you need is a ready supply of wood to burn and a willing volunteer to park themselves by it all night to feed the fire.

When you finally realise that your toes are blue and are forced to move the party indoors, you’ll want to make sure the inside of your house is toasty too! That’s where we can help – we might not be experts at garden heating but we certainly know a thing or two about keeping your house warm. Get a quote online at any time for great value home heating oil from us, so even if the summer is a washout (we hope not!) you’ll still be warm enough inside.