Enjoy alfresco in winter months with a fire pit

Multi-functional: IXL's Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater (rrp $1499) includes ambient infrared heat, dimmable task lighting, and mood lighting.
Multi-functional: IXL's Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater (rrp $1499) includes ambient infrared heat, dimmable task lighting, and mood lighting.

If you have an alfresco area or a beautiful garden, you want to enjoy it more than just in the warmer months. 

There are several options to to help you make the most of the area, even in the cool, crisp air.

Fire pits can satisfy your inner pyromaniac, as well as being a mesmerising crowd puller in your yard.

Outdoor fire pit specialists Glow offered some tips for choosing the right product.

“Aussies are a practical yet stylish lot, with 72 per cent of respondents from a recent Glow survey stating warmth combined with good aesthetics was important to them, and 68 per cent stating entertainment and ambience was their chief reason for choosing to own a fire pit,” Tim Trussell, Category Manager at Northcote Pottery said.

He said that when deciding which fire pit to purchase, remember that as a stand-alone element, it’s important to think how it can be incorporated into a backyard or patio to create a space you’ll enjoy year-round. The space available will determine the size you choose, also integrating the fire pit into an existing style will influence the design.

Considering seating options around the fire pit is essential and some ideas include more permanent seating such as built-ins, as well as sofas, chairs and ottomans which allow for flexible casual seating and the ability for portability of the fire pit in smaller spaces.

Enhance the ambiance by creating different aromas. For example, burning eucalyptus or fruit tree logs will add a fresh scent, while cinnamon sticks add spicy warmth (ideal for any Christmas in July), and dried oranges add a citrus twist.

Keep mozzies away naturally by burning sage or rosemary in your fire pit, which also adds a delicious perfume to the surrounds.

If an open flame is not appropriate at your place, then choosing a functional option that is fit-for-purpose is vital, according to heating and lighting experts IXL.

“And it’s even better if your heating option is multi-functional, for example, with the ability to also create mood and practical lighting for your outdoor space.

“Those extra functions will ensure your heating system is also useful in the warmer months,” IXL Marketing Manager Malcolm Russell said. 

Northcote Glow firepit

Northcote Glow firepit