Firefly 1.8kW OL2801 Weatherproof Patio Heater

Overall score:
Last Amazon price update was: 3rd December 2019 11:47 pm
× Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on (,,, etc) at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
  • Firefly 1.8kW OL2801 Weatherproof Patio Heater

The Firefly OL2801 is a mid-range, remote control operated, halogen element, infrared weatherproof (IP55) patio heater. Starting from just £89.99 for the wall mounted unit up to £119.99 for the same unit with a handy floor stand.

Firefly – 1.8kW OL2801 Weatherproof Wall Mounted or Free Standing Patio Heater Review

These high efficiency ruby halogen powered patio heaters are stylish and affordable, but are they worth it? Let’s find out.

Heating Area

The official Primrose website states a maximum heating area of approximately 9sqm. Perfectly suitable for small gatherings or heating individual tables.

There are other heaters in this price range that offer wider heating area – The Futura Deluxe 2.0kW will cover approximately 25sqm for 4 pence less!

back to menu ↑

Element Life & Heating Type

Halogen bulbs are fairly efficient, this one is no exception, providing up to 5,000-hours of lamp life. Replacement elements are fairly cheap at just £19.99 although at time of review they are discontinued and out of stock!

back to menu ↑

Power Settings & Specifics

No adjustable power settings.

Supplied with a 2-metre long power cable and rated at 230v, 50Hz. 3-pin British standard plug included.

back to menu ↑


The OL2801 is a snazzy heater. Built from anodized aluminium offering protection from the elements and the halogen lamp provides a soothing incandescent glow, which is sure to add something to any outdoor space, be it commercial or home!

Measurement specifics as follows: 70cm (width) x 23cm (height) x 20cm (depth) & weighing in at 3.3kg.
With floor stand: 70cm (width) x 180cm (height) x 46cm (depth)

back to menu ↑

Features & Extras

Each Firefly 1.8kW heater is supplied with a remote control and an easy-fit wall mount. The optional floor stand costs an additional £30 and is well worth the money.

Weatherproof Rating

What this heater lacks in heat it makes up for in other ways. Namely the superior ingress protection rating of – IP55

Solid rating 5 – protected from dust and solids.

Liquid rating 5 – will run even when subjected to low-powered water jets. Usable in all weather conditions.

back to menu ↑

Suitable For

This is a great mid-range home or commercial patio heater. Suitable for bars, pubs and restaurants as well as the patio or garden at home.

back to menu ↑

Cost to Run?

The cost to run this heater before electricity based on an element life of 5,000-hours (without stand) comes to just under 2 pence at £0.018 per hour.

To calculate our electricity costs we do the following (based on the UK average of 14.7p per kWh)

Heater running costs:

Full Power (1800W) – 1.8kW x 1 hour = 1.8kWh x 14.7p = 26.46p (per hour)

Assuming we were to use this heater for 2 hours per day.

Full Power (1800W) – Our monthly electric bill will be £15.876

This heater when used for just 2 hours a day, should last nearly 7 years!

back to menu ↑

Heater Specification

  • Cost at time of review (28th September 2017): £89.99 – Check Latest Price
  • Type of heater: Electric, Halogen, Infrared
  • Suitable for: Home & Commercial
  • Comes with: 2m Power Cable, Remote Control, Easy-Fit Wall Mount
  • Height: 23cm
  • Depth: 20cm
  • Width: 70cm
  • Weight: 3.3kg
  • Power settings: 1800W
  • Cost to run (per hour): 26.46p
  • Additional: IP55 Rated, Optional Floor Stand
back to menu ↑

PatioMate’s Thoughts

8.8 Total Score
Firefly 1.8kW OL2801 Patio Heater

This floor standing or wall mounted patio heater from Firefly provides instant infrared heat and comes with a superior ingress protection rating of IP55.

Purchase Cost
Running Costs
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Weatherproof (IP55)
  • Remote Control Supplied
  • Fairly Affordable to Run
  • Heating Area is Mediocre (9sqm)
  • Potentially Difficult to Obtain Replacement Lamps
Add your review

This heater has a lot to offer, the weatherproof rating and general aesthetic of this patio heater is excellent. There are alternatives available that have a superior heating area but cost slightly more to run.

If you’re looking for a snazzy heater that won’t break the bank and requires little to no maintenance then we can highly recommend the Firefly 1.8kW OL2801. If you buy more than one you can save 5% as well!

back to menu ↑

Best Price & Deals

Firefly 1.8kW Outdoor Patio Heater with Easy Fit Wall Mount and Remote Control, Primrose

out of stock  
Buy Now

Price History

Firefly 1.8kW Outdoor Patio Heater with Remote Control and Floor Stand, Primrose

out of stock  
Buy Now

Price History

Join the Discussion or Leave a Review

Leave a reply

Your total score