In winter, are you huddled in front of the fireplace, or curled up under a blanket indoors? What if you could enjoy the frost and family time, comfortably on the patio? 💐
Winter is the patio heater’s is time to shine! You've probably seen these large pyramids, scales, or mushroom-shaped appliances heating your favorite al fresco dining spots, but they're also great for keeping your home’s outdoor spaces warm enough to enjoy year-round. 🌟
They also have practical commercial applications. For example, if you are running a restaurant and want to make your restaurant business flourish, the romantic outdoor dining area can remain a viable seating area despite the cold weather. Since comfort and warmth are critical to an outdoor dining experience, you can scale the number of heaters depending on your number of tables, so that customers can enjoy outdoor meals in winter. 🍃
What Is A Patio Heater?
A patio heater, as the name implies, is a device that heats a patio. But it's much more than that and knowing a bit about their details before you buy will ensure you get the right heater for your needs. 💕
How Does An Outdoor Patio Heater Work?
Unlike an outdoor fire pit, you don't have to huddle around an open-air heater to keep warm. They're specifically designed to radiate heat into places where people gather. To generate heat, patio heaters have different fuel sources - usually propane, electricity, or natural gas. 🌱
Propane patio heaters are a good choice because they heat up quickly and can be easily transferred from one location to another. Fuel is readily available, and propane bottles can be refilled or replaced at a wide variety of locations. It is generally not recommended to use propane heaters in covered spaces, as you must leave a sufficient amount of space clear above the heater.
Let‘s look specifically at the reasons for choosing an Outdoor Patio Heater. 💙💜
Why choose An Outdoor Propane Patio Heater?
- Extend the Outdoor Season
A good patio heater lets you spend more time outside even during the cold seasons, creating a year-round outdoor living spot for your family and friends. 🙌
- Sunjoy Outdoor 40,000 BTU Steel Frame Propane Gas Heater with Table Top
Enjoy your yard year-round with this AmberCove 40,000 BTU Black Steel Frame Outdoor Patio Standing Propane Gas Heater with Table Top for Commercial & Residential Use. With 40,000 BTUs the level of warmth is generous to ensure your comfort in cold weather. The tabletop provides a surface for drinks or snacks for those gathered beneath it. The simple push-button control starts the heat in an instant and the safety auto shut-off tilt valve turns it off if the unit is accidentally knocked over. 🌹
- Safe to Use
Most propane patio heaters feature a tilt valve for safety that will automatically shut the heater off if it tips over. Also, the base remains cool to the touch, so there's no burn danger if children or pets are nearby. 🎉
- Sunjoy Outdoor 64,000 BTU Steel Propane Gas Dual Heater with Table Top
Extend the time comfortably staying outdoors with this AmberCove Outdoor Patio 64,000 BTU Black Steel Propane Gas Dual Heater with Table Top for Commercial & Residential Use. With 64,000 BTUs the range of warmth is generous to ensure you and your friends only are thinking about good conversation versus being cold. The tabletop provides extra space to store refreshments. The simple push-button control starts the heat in an instant and the safety auto shut-off tilt valve turns it off if the unit happens to tip. 🍀
- Easy to Move
Most propane patio heaters are portable so they can be placed anywhere and moved as needed. Even larger heaters usually have wheels, which makes moving them relatively easy. 🌼
- Sunjoy Outdoor 45,000 BTU Steel Propane Gas Heater with Wheels
Extend the time comfortably staying outdoors with this AmberCove Outdoor Patio 45,000 BTU Black Steel Portable Offset Propane Gas Heater with Wheels for Commercial & Residential Use. With 45,000 BTUs the range of warmth is generous to ensure you and your friends only are thinking about good conversation versus being cold. The tabletop provides extra space to store refreshments. The simple push-button control starts the heat in an instant and the safety auto shut-off tilt valve turns it off if the unit happens to tip. ☀
- Easy to Start & Control
Most patio heaters feature a simple push ignition switch, and the heat control knob makes it easy to adjust the unit's burner heat so you can enjoy dinner outdoors without feeling cold! 🍂
- Sunjoy 64,000 BTU Outdoor Propane Heater Steel Gas Dual Head Heater
Spend more time entertaining outdoors with the Sunjoy 64,000 BTU Outdoor Portable Propane Heater Steel Gas Dual Head Patio Heater for Commercial & Residential Use. Made of steel and aluminum with a warm antique finish, this piece features plenty of vintage-inspired details that are sure to add a sense of style and sophistication to your yard, patio, or other outdoor areas. The sturdy base of the heater is made from weather-resistant steel and features a charming basket weave pattern. Unlike most patio heaters, this one features dual burners that deliver extra heat to a larger area. Designed from durable metal, this patio heater is weather-resistant and requires only low maintenance care. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. 🌿
Where Can I Use A Patio Heater?
Because natural gas and propane heaters use an open flame to generate heat, they can be used in well-ventilated outdoor spaces such as patios, gardens, outdoor porches, or decks. ❤
How Many Outdoor Heaters Do I need?
For a small home patio, a heater is usually enough to heat the space to a reasonable degree. But if you have a bigger space, or you want to reach a specific temperature, you'll need to do a little math. 🍒
First, the output of a patio heater is measured in British heat units (BTU). One BTU is the amount of energy needed to heat or cool one pound of water to one degree at sea level. You may see yard heaters with BTU outputs in the thousands or 10,000.
First, we'll figure out how many BTUs it takes to heat a patio by multiplying the cubic feet of the patio by the number of degrees we want to raise the temperature. If the temperature is around 42 degrees Fahrenheit and we want to heat it up to a comfortable 70 degrees, that's a 28-degree difference. Let's say our patio is 32 feet by 50 feet, and we want to heat it to a height of 6 feet. That's 9,600 cubic feet, multiplied by a temperature increase of 28 degrees, for a total of 268,800 BTU to heat our space. Next, we take the number of BTUs required divided by the BTUs of a particular patio heater model to tell us how many heaters we’ll need. 💗
Is The Patio Heater Safe?
Any heating equipment may cause personal injury, damage, or fire if used improperly. To be on the safe side, do not use patio heaters in enclosed areas such as buildings or garages, or too close to the ceiling of a covered deck or patio. Using a patio heater in an area with poor ventilation can be a fire risk or cause suffocation or toxic carbon monoxide smoke poisoning. It is recommended to maintain a clearance of at least 3 feet around the patio heater. 🌳
Your patio heater should also be cleaned regularly, at least once a year. This helps reduce the buildup of dust and other debris that can shut down your patio heater or even increase the fire hazard.
A patio heater is a great addition to any outdoor space - more heat means you can continue to enjoy the outdoors. 💖