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Buy a Propane Patio Heater at a Discount Price!

Updated on October 17, 2011

Outdoor patio heater

 

If you don’t have a patio heater, you’re wasting your outside living area for a substantial part of the year. An outdoor heater can turn a frigid night out under the stars into a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

 

Chances are that you spent a lot of time, effort, and money creating your deck, patio, or other outdoor living area, but how many months out of the year do you actually get to enjoy this simple pleasure? When the temperature drops in the fall, many homeowners “pack up” their patio and don’t visit it again until the spring thaw. With a patio heater, however, you can extend the time you get to spend outdoors by weeks, or perhaps even by months.

 

These are several different types of patio heaters, including electric patio heaters, natural gas propane heaters, and propane patio heaters. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I’m focusing on the patio heater that’s powered by propane.

 

What’s a propane patio heater?

 

A typical propane patio heater is an outdoor heater that’s powered by propane – the same type of fuel that your gas grill uses. Most patio heaters are designed to radiate heat in the area that surrounds them. Some include a reflector to direct even more heat.

 

These patio heaters are connected to a propane tank, and depending on the specific type of patio heater, the tank will range in size. Most free-standing propane patio heaters use a twenty or thirty-pound tank.

 

The heat generated by the heater will warm a circular area around the heater. Depending on the BTUs of the specific patio heater, the diameter will vary. Most of the popular propane patio heaters will warm an area up to fifteen feet in diameter. That’s plenty of space for several friends or family members to gather ‘round the “fire.”

 

Advantages of a propane patio heater

 

Propane patio heaters provide several advantages. For one thing, they’re portable. You can move them to whatever location they’re needed. This is a big plus for most homeowners, especially for those who might have more than one outdoor living area.

 

Many propane patio heater models have a ceiling-mount option. The heater can be mounted overhead so that it doesn’t take up any floor space.

 

Propane patio heaters are made to last. The tank and most of the other components are made of steel, so they’re impervious to a wide range of weather conditions.

 

Best of all, propane patio heaters generate a lot of heat. They can warm up the designated outdoor area by up to 25 degrees. You can adjust the amount of heat easily, too.

 

Most propane patio heaters are available in a range between 20,000-BTUs per hour and 50,000-BTUs per hour. If you want quick and easy lighting of the patio heater, choose a model with an electronic or automatic ignition.

 

What kinds of propane patio heaters are available?

 

You can find several variations of the basic propane patio heater. Some are tall and rest on the floor, while others are smaller and are designed to sit on a table top.

 

You can choose a patio heater in stainless steel or cast iron. For a truly beautiful patio heater, choose a model made of copper. These cost more, but the copper finish is gorgeous.

 

Where to buy a patio heater

 

Many home improvement centers and pool and patio stores sell propane patio heaters. Your choices at such retail stores will be limited, however. Your best bet when shopping for a patio heater is online.

 

Check out the patio heaters below. You might just find the perfect patio heater!

 

 

 

 

A propane heater makes a great patio heater!
A propane heater makes a great patio heater!

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    • elf_cash profile image

      elf_cash 

      9 years ago

      A propane patio heater can really keep you warm outdoors.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Nancy!

    • nancy_30 profile image

      nancy_30 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for sharing all this great information.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, I think they're pretty tough, so the Griff shouldn't be a prob!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      That would be pretty cool for our outside brick patio - especially when the winds come up and it's freezing cold. Do you know if they can be 'hurt' by a certain dog named Griffin taking a 'leak' on them? I thought about getting a little BBQ type metal pit like springboard mentioned but worried about the same thing...he is still in training. Great info though - will have to show to The Accountant!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Jim, we have an outdoor fireplace, too. Our deck is big! We're just the opposite of Wisconsin - we usually have about 2 weeks of winter! lol

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      Springboard 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Seen a couple of these in action and they really do work rather well. Here in Wisconsin they are definitely a plus considering we only get 2 weeks of summer here. ;)

      Still, I much prefer a fire in one of those...now the word eludes me. Metal fire pits? Anyway. Informative and interesting hub.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, Eth - you might need a couple of these in your neck of the woods!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Mick, ya like fried squirrel?? lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      BK, we love cooking outside, too, and if it's below 50, my hubby thinks he'll freeze to death! lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, Sheila! I love the outdoors!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Veejay, thanks for visiting!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Teddle!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, 50! I 'preciate that!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      right, Judy - they can make a real difference!

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Wonderful. Need a bit more than this though for most of the year in Workshire.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      More great advice! My squirrels will love this!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Tex!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Val, if only we could harness this 100-degree weather and save it for winter!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      HH, good to see you, pal!

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      BkCreative 

      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow - and these heaters are really stylish. I was expecting something scary looking.

      My sister and I have had many a great winter cookout here in NY. Not that we love winter so much but because we love cookouts so very very much - it's hard to stop just because it is freezing out. This will help.

      Great information. Many, many thanks.

      Rated up for sure!

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      sheila b. 

      10 years ago

      Anything which extends the outside experience is worth the price.

    • veejay23 profile image

      veejay23 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Good advise habee, help to save on electricity

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      Mike Teddleton 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Propane patio heaters are a great idea for warming a seating area in your backyard. They are quiet, cost effective and look good. hub up.

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      50 Caliber 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      Habee, buying seasonal items in the off season is good advise! One can save big by looking around for dead stock.

      I bumped you up for a good write, 50

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      judydianne 

      10 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      A good idea for those of you who have cold winters. In California, all the restaurants have the patio heaters, because the night air is chilly, and it really makes a difference.

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      valeriebelew 

      10 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Really Habee. You've been here in Georgia this past week......How can you be talking about propane heaters???? guess from a price point of view, you might get a good deal, because even thinking of one is too much to bare. Really, good hub. I'm voting up in spite of the heat. (:v

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, habee, for a wonderful and tasteful selection.

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