Best Patio Heater to Purchase
Patio heaters provide a cozy warmth and comfort to outdoor areas. There are several considerations when designing a welcoming setting. The success and expenses involved in heating an outdoor space depends on the type of heater and its design.
Our overhead propane and natural gas outdoor heaters provide the best results and value. Our outdoor heaters offer the most heat coverage, energy efficiency and lowest operating cost.
Outdoor heater comparison...1) Our outdoor heaters
Our outdoor heaters use infrared energy to heat nearby objects and that heat is evenly (patented) dispersed. Gas or propane powered units have high BTU output and quality reflectors. Our high BTU outdoor heaters direct heat waves over a large area with very little loss compared to mushroom–style outdoor heaters. Our outdoor heaters are wall– or ceiling–mounted. They don't take up valuable floor space. Our outdoor heaters do not produce any visible light — they emit pure heat, efficiently converting natural gas or propane to infrared heat.
Our outdoor heaters have the following features:
- Variable heat settings (patent pending):
We provide the only outdoor heater on the market with full, variable heat output capability which allows you to set the amount of heat desired for your particular guests on a given day. Most competitors have only a single input model with a few offering a two stage, high or low, model which do not match the performance of our outdoor heaters. Imagine, having a stove in your kitchen with only one or two heat settings? With an outdoor heater from us, you have the complete heater with the ability to adapt to all seasons and desires at the turn of a dial.
- Lowest clearance to combustible requirements of all outdoor heaters
- Inputs from 40,000 to 75,000 BTUs per hour — best outdoor heaters in the market!
- Easy to operate, just flick a switch, no pilot lights!
- Three–try direct spark ignition system, with 100 percent safety shut off
- Sleek, architectural design, various lengths and configurations
- Fueled by natural gas or propane
- Heavy–duty professional grade 316 stainless steel construction
- Eight–sided aluminum or stainless steel reflector
- Virtually maintenance free
- Certified to –40F
- Wind and weather proof enclosed burner chamber
- Effective for snow and ice melt
- CSA safety certified for both residential and commercial applications.
Our outdoor heaters are one of the very few outdoor heaters manufactured in the USA. They have an elegant design and directional high heat output. They are permanently installed outdoor heaters which can connect to large capacity refillable gas cylinders or directly into a natural gas line. Our exclusive remote control panel may be put anywhere within easy reach. The heat control is impressively fine and accurate compared to other outdoor heaters. The overall craftsmanship and quality of the design is very high quality.
The more you know about the operation and features of various outdoor heaters, the better you will be able to make an informed purchasing decision.
Standing outdoor heaters, as a general rule, have a capacity of 40,000 BTU, stand six or seven feet tall, and have shallow overhead domes that attempt to direct heat downward in a 360 degree radius (often referred to as "mushroom" or "umbrella" heaters). Propane models have a 20lb gas tank which is enclosed at the base. 40,000 BTU effectively heats a radius of just eight to ten feet, with the greatest amount of heat within three feet of the heater. A significant amount of heat is lost at the outer edges resulting in marginal perimeter heat effectiveness.
Cons: These outdoor heaters take up a lot of room, are not aesthetically pleasing and require substantial clearance from combustible materials. They need to be replaced frequently and have produce pockets of hot and cold. Standing gas heaters have less coverage per BTU than other types of outdoor heaters. For safety reasons, some cities have banned propane style outdoor heaters.
3) Outdoor tabletop heaters
The most and least expensive tabletop heaters run on propane. Typically using small one or two pound gas cylinders, some units may offer a connection to larger, refillable cylinders. Maximum heat is typically 9,000 to 11,000 BTU, which equals the heat output of a 1,500 watt electric heater. The dome reflector radiates heat within a four– to five–foot radius.
Cons: Very limited coverage due to their size, the overall long–term reliability of the unit, and poor safety. Not effective in cold weather.
4) Electric outdoor heaters
Electric outdoor heaters produce limited heat, quickly, and are relatively easy to install.
5) Fire pits
Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are aesthetically pleasing and provide a focal point for guests to gather near. However heating capability is limited if they are being depended upon to warm up a crowd on a cold night, they are difficult to regulate, and create safety hazards.
There are three basic types of fire pits:
- Circular fire pits radiate minimal heat in all directions. Most have legs and a fire screen. Flame and smoke is vulnerable to wind and may be blown back on people, decks, and homes.
- Chimineas are shaped like pot–bellied stoves, and a short chimney helps divert smoke away from people. A small opening directs heat in just one direction. It does not have the same visual impact that an open flame fire does.
- Outdoor fireplaces usually have a chimney, but the term is often used to describe any fire pit with legs, and some may even look like an indoor fireplace.
Cons: All outdoor fire pits are primarily used to set a “mood” rather than for practical heating purposes since greatest coverage is typically less than ten feet. Fire pits are not designed for use on wooden decks and should only be used on masonry surfaces.