US Outdoor Heating: Fire Pits, Fireplaces, Chimeneas, & Radiant Heaters

Outdoor Heating: Fire Pits, Fireplaces, Chimeneas, & Radiant Heaters

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $860 million US outdoor heating products market. It presents historical data (2011, 2016, 2021) and a forecast (2026 and 2031) by product (fire pits; fireplaces; chimeneas; radiant heaters), by market (consumer-grade, commercial-grade), and by region (Northeast, Midwest, South, West). Data are provided in dollar value for all demand, trade, and shipments figures. The study presents consumer survey data and insights and analyzes factors affecting demand. This study also provides competitive analysis on industry competitors including Agio International, American Heating Technologies, Barbecues Galore, Bond Manufacturing, Brown Jordan International, Bull Outdoor Products, Dayva International, Infratech, Landmann USA, Lynx Grills, Outdoor GreatRoom, Twin Eagles, and WC Bradley.

Demand for outdoor heating products is projected to decrease less than 1.0% per year to $830 million in 2026, from an unusually high base. Sales surged in 2020 and 2021 as consumers and businesses invested heavily in outdoor spaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic; consequently, the growth outlook is subdued as the market returns to more sustainable levels. Nevertheless, demand will remain elevated through the forecast, with the market supported by:

  • high consumer participation in outdoor living, which often involves furnishing outdoor spaces with one or more patio heating products
  • advances in construction of buildings – including both residential and nonresidential – with developed outdoor living spaces and outdoor areas, respectively
  • rising consumer spending, allowing for greater investment in outdoor living amenities
  • increasing interest in higher value heating products such as those with built-in gas lines, Wi-Fi connectivity, and smart home integration
COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Already Strong Outdoor Living Trends

While outdoor living was already popular prior to the pandemic, the advent of COVID-19 accelerated this trend, with concerns over airborne virus transmission encouraging people to socialize outdoors. Home and business owners invested in outdoor heating products to enable comfortable use of outdoor areas throughout the year.

Going forward, outdoor living spaces will continue to grow more elaborate, involving multiple areas for family or business use. Increasingly, these areas will feature one or more outdoor heating units – such as backyard fire pits, fireplaces to complement outdoor kitchens, and radiant heaters to warm entertaining areas – in order to extend the outdoor living season beyond just the warm months of the year. These trends support not only more intensive use of outdoor heating products, but also higher value products with improved aesthetics and features like Wi-Fi connectivity.

Radiant Heaters to Remain Leading Product Due to Intensive Use in Commercial Markets

Radiant heaters will continue to be the most used outdoor heating product type, supported by their popularity in commercial establishments such as bar and restaurant patios due to the ability of wall- and ceiling-mounted units to provide heating while maximizing the amount of available outdoor space. Radiant heaters have also become increasingly popular for residences, as these products provide an easily adjustable heat source that allows homeowners to use their outdoor spaces in colder weather.

Interest in Higher Value Patio Heating Products Will Continue to Support Demand

Long-term sales will benefit from interest in higher value products, such as those featuring more stylish and/or practical designs (e.g., indoor-quality finishes; units with built-in compartments for gas tank storage) and high-tech capabilities such as Wi-Fi connectivity and smart-home integration. Although restrained somewhat by supply chain issues in recent years, the growing availability of higher end private label products imported from countries such as China and India – which are still typically lower in cost than their US-made counterparts – will support penetration of higher value heating units.

  • Executive Summary
    • Table Figure 1-1. Outdoor Heating Products Market
  • About This Report
    • Report Details
    • Study Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 2-1. Outdoor Heating Products: Examples
    • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
      • Table Annual Outdoor Heating Product Demand by Product, 2019 - 2022
      • Table Annual Outdoor Heating Product Demand by Market, 2019 - 2022
      • Table Figure 2-2. Annual Outdoor Heating Product Demand by Market, 2019 - 2024
  • Overview
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table Outdoor Heating Product Demand, 2011 - 2021
      • Table Figure 3-1. Outdoor Heating Product Demand, 2004 - 2021
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table Outdoor Heating Product Supply & Demand, 2011 - 2031
    • Market Overview
      • Demand by Market
        • Table Outdoor Heating Product Demand by Market, 2011 - 2031
        • Table Figure 3-2. Consumer-Grade & Commercial-Grade Outdoor Heating Products: Key Traits
        • Table Figure 3-3. Outdoor Heating Product Demand Growth by Market, 2011 - 2031
      • Consumer
        • Table Figure 3-4. Consumer Outdoor Heating Product Demand, 2006 - 2031
      • Commercial
        • Table Figure 3-5. Commercial Outdoor Heating Product Demand, 2006 - 2031
    • Demand by Region
      • Table Outdoor Heating Product Demand by Region, 2011 - 2031
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table Outdoor Heating Product Pricing by Product, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 3-6. Outdoor Heating Product Pricing by Product, 2011 - 2026
    • Retail Sales
      • Table Outdoor Heating Products Retail Sales by Product, 2011 - 2031
  • Factors Impacting Outdoor Heating Demand
    • Outdoor Living
    • Demographics (Millennials, Baby Boomers, &Urbanites)
    • Product Development
    • Product Trends: Convenient & Low-Maintenance Products
    • Product Trends: Easy-to-Install & Modular Products
    • Product Trends: Smart Technology
    • Growth in E-Commerce
    • Local Building Codes: Fire Hazards & Electrical Safety
  • Consumer Insights
    • Homeownership & Property Size Trends
      • Homeownership vs. Rental Rates: Historical Trends
        • Table US Homeownership & Rental Rates, 2011 - 2021
      • Homeownership vs. Rental Rates: Age Groups
        • Table US Homeownership & Rental Rates by Age Group, 2011 - 2021
      • Homeownership vs. Rental Rates: Annual Household Incomes
        • Table US Homeownership & Rental Rates by Annual Household Income Bracket, 2021
      • Owned Land & Property Size
        • Table US Homeownership Rates by Property Size, 2011 - 2021
    • Outdoor Living Trends
      • Presence of Outdoor Space at Home
        • Table Figure 5-1. Presence of Lawn, Garden, or Other Outdoor Space at Primary Residence by Gender, Age Group, &Household Income Bracket, 2022
        • Table Figure 5-2. Presence of Lawn, Garden, or Other Outdoor Space at Primary Residence by Urban vs. Rural Area, US Region, &Housing Type, 2022
      • Participation in Outdoor Living Activities
        • Table Participation in Selected Outdoor Living Activities by Age Group, 2021
      • Outdoor Living Trends for Millennials
        • Table Statements About Plant Growing by Millennials (Aged 25-45), 2022
      • Outdoor Living Trends for Baby Boomers
        • Table Statements About Gardening by Baby Boomers, 2022
      • Outdoor Living Trends for Urbanites
      • Instagram-Worthy Landscapes & Other Social Media Trends
  • Products
    • Demand by Product
      • Table Outdoor Heating Demand by Product, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 6-1. Outdoor Heating Demand by Product, 2011 - 2031
    • Radiant Heaters
      • Table Outdoor Radiant Heater Demand, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 6-2. Outdoor Radiant Heater Demand, 2008 - 2031
    • Fireplaces
      • Table Outdoor Fireplace Demand, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 6-3. Outdoor Fireplace Demand, 2008 - 2031
    • Fire Pits
      • Table Fire Pit Demand, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 6-4. Fire Pit Demand, 2008 - 2031
    • Chimeneas
      • Table Chimenea Demand, 2011 - 2031
      • Table Figure 6-5. Chimenea Demand, 2008 - 2031
  • Key Suppliers & Market Share
    • Industry Composition
    • Key Suppliers
    • Distribution Channels
      • Sales Breakdown
      • Home Centers
      • Mass Merchandisers & Wholesale Clubs
      • Specialty Retailers
      • Other Channels
  • Appendix
    • Scope
      • Table Relevant HS Codes
    • Definitions
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Sources
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2011 - 2031
      • Demographic Trends
        • Table Population & Households, 2011 - 2031
      • Consumer Spending
        • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2011 - 2031

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