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HomeDepot.com's outdoor heating section includes patio heaters, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. While most products only get a handful of reviews, others receive dozens and even hundreds. making this site a good first stop to find feedback.
Hayneedle.com sells hundreds of fire pits, patio heaters and other outdoor heating products. As at other sites, fire pits receive more reviews than any other type of outdoor heater, with the most popular model earning more than 1,050 comments. For each product, the site provides a list of the most commonly cited pros and cons and the percentage of users who would recommend it.
Amazon.com has thousands of listings for outdoor heating products, including fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and patio heaters. We found the most reviews here for fire pits, but there are also some propane patio heaters that receive feedback from dozens of users -- and several that get hundreds.
Lowes.com is another site that sells outdoor heaters, including electric and gas-powered patio heaters, wood-burning and gas-burning fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and "chimineas." Here, as at most sites, fire pits get the most feedback.
Wayfair.com is an online retailer with a wide selection of outdoor heating products, including fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, many with enough user feedback to be helpful. Elsewhere on the site, you can also find a good selection of patio heaters.
Walmart.com is an okay destination for user reviews of fire pits and patio heaters. Many models receive at least a handful of reviews, while others receive dozens or more. However, some helpful details that we saw last year -- such as information on length of ownership -- appears to have been removed, and review totals are sometimes supplemented by some from other retailers, including Hayneedle.com.
Though there are fewer reviews here than at many other sites, some fire pits get a decent amount of feedback. Most reviews are from verified buyers. Some are from loyalty program members that received reward points for leaving a review, but that feedback is clearly identified. Patio heater reviews are available at Overstock.com, too, but are on a separate page.
This round up lists 15 outdoor fire pits that the editors of Architectural Digest single out as top choices. Highlighted products run the gamut from simple wood burning affairs to elaborate gas and propane fire pits, to custom pits that can be modified to fit into any outdoor décor. However, how these fire pits were selected, or if any testing was done, is not described.
While this article by Shana Ecker doesn't make specific recommendations, it contains good information on what to look for in -- and even why to buy -- a fire pit. Safety, considering whether your goal is to provide ambience or heat, and the different types of materials and designs are addressed.
HGTVGardens.com hosts a wealth of information on everything fire-pit related. Design, materials, types and more are covered, and there's also a good selection of how-to articles. However, specific recommendations or reviews are not provided.