Of all the various types of outdoor heaters available today, patio propane heaters remain far and away one of the most popular thanks to their ability to quickly, cheaply and effectively crank out enough heat to keep you warm even when the temperatures start to drop. These heaters are a great way to extend the time you can spend outdoors, allowing you to enjoy your patio even during the sometimes colder spring and fall months. You’ve probably seen some type of outdoor propane heater at restaurants, bars or maybe you’re friend’s patio, and now you too can enjoy the warmth they provide in the comfort of your own yard.
Advantages of Propane Heating
Propane is definitely one of, if not the best fuel source available for outdoor heaters for a number of different reasons. For starters, liquefied propane gas is very affordable and always widely available, with bottles now being sold at gas stations, hardware and camping stores and often even at your local grocery store. Better still, most of the larger patio propane heaters use a standard 20 pound propane bottle, which is the exact same one that your propane grill uses if you have one.
Although you’ll either have to refill your empty bottle or trade it in for a new one, you shouldn’t ever have any issues running out of fuel as long as you either make sure to keep a spare bottle on hand or regularly check your propane level. The reason for this is that even the most powerful commercial patio heaters out there still burn propane at a fairly slow rate, meaning you should be able to get hours and hours, if not days worth of enjoyment out of one bottle. Still, even if you buy one of the smaller, tabletop models which use a one pound propane bottle, you will still be surprised by how long you can go without needing to change bottles.
Moreover, when it does come time to change out the empty bottle, the process couldn’t be much easier. All you need to do is turn off the gas, then unscrew the empty bottle off and screw the new, full bottle on. Then you’ll be ready to turn the heater back on and go again.
Another great thing about patio propane heaters is that they are almost always portable, as the propane tank is typically hidden and contained within the unit’s base. This allows you to roll or carry the heater wherever you need it, unlike electric heaters which need to be placed close to an outlet or connected via an extension cord.
Types of Patio Propane Heaters
There are actually a number of different types of outdoor patio heaters, each of which has its own good and bad points. However, for heating up your patio, you’ll probably want to go with either an infrared propane heater or a basic, standalone gas heater. As the stand up heaters use a flame to generate heat, they are not nearly as effective in windy conditions and could even pose a fire hazard. On the other hand, the infrared heaters generate heat through infrared light, meaning there is no flame. This makes them a great choice for windy areas or any place where you are a bit more concerned about fire hazards, as these units remain cool to the touch even after being left on for hours on end.
Both of these types of propane patio heaters come in more styles, colors and designs than you can imagine, making them a great choice for anyone wanting to add a touch of class while staying warm.