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|Patio heaters are propane gas fueled devices
which give off radiant, infrared heat, allowing
comfortable enjoyment of outdoor living spaces
in colder weather. They can help extend seasonal
use of outdoor dining and seating areas in
the spring and fall or warm up cold summer
nights. Because they use propane, they can
emit much greater heat than portable electrical
heaters; a self-contained fuel tank eliminates
the need for cords or pipes..
The following should be considered
Choose a design that fits your decor. Patio
heaters come in powder coated steel or more
expensive stainless steel, and they are frequently
shaped like outdoor lamps.
- Unless you want a "fireplace" effect,
heaters should warm an area
from 4 to 15
feet in all directions. The
capacity will depend on the
number of BTUs.
- Taller heaters stand on the surface of the
patio and should have weighted bases so they
don't tip over; shorter types may sit on
tables or low walls. Pick a model depending
on where you plan to position it.
- If you plan to move the heater around, check
its weight and if necessary, look for models
that have built in wheels so the heaters
can be repositioned more easily.
- Better models have electronic ignitions,
allow for heat control, and have a gas valve