Got a Patio? How to Easily Make it Comfortable During Cool Weather!
Outdoor patio heaters are a great way to extend the outdoor season on your patio or porch whether it is at your home or place of business. In many places, they may offer enough heat to even make your outdoor space useable year-round. Patio heaters are an easy to operate, self-contained and economical way to heat outdoor spaces during the cooler months of the year.
How do they work?
There are several types of patio heater on the market today. The ones we will be focusing on are the pedestal style propane patio heaters. These are completely stand alone units which do not require any hard connections for gas or electricity. This allows them to be easily moved around your outdoor space to get the heat where you need it.
Each unit has a standard 20lb propane tank secured in the base. Once the propane is filled and connected then the operation of the heater is very similar to that of any standard propane grill. Follow the simple ignition procedure as outlined in your owner’s manual and then adjust the temperature as needed. It’s that simple!
Types of Patio Heaters:
We offer two main types of propane patio heaters, standard and commercial. Both provide excellent heating capabilities while varying in aesthetics and other features.
The standard heaters offer a traditional high heating screen and reflector mounted on top of a metal pole. The base houses the propane tank and remains cool to the touch for safety around children and pets. There are several different models which differ by surface finish and extra features like built in wheels and pole mounted table surfaces.
The commercial units feature a pyramid shape with a central glass tube capped by the heating screen and reflector. The glass tube contains a beautiful column of flame when the heater in operating. This feature, combined with the beautiful stainless-steel construction and pyramid shape provide a great aesthetic appearance that will enhance the beauty of your outdoor space.
How much space does a patio heater heat?
A 46,000 BTU patio heater will heat an outdoor, open, uncovered area of around 300 square feet. The same heater used in a covered area can heat up to 2,000 square feet. Of course, outdoor variables like temperature, wind and other factors will affect how well the heater heats a given area.
How long will a patio heater run?
The amount of time your patio heater will run on a single 20lb propane tank will depend on a couple of factors. The heater model you choose will have a specific BTU rating. This rating tells you how much heat the heater is capable of putting out. The higher that number, the greater the heat output and the more fuel it will use over time. The heaters will also have settings ranging from low to high so you can choose the amount of heat it generates depending on your needs. Given a typical 40,000 BTU patio heater running on the medium setting you can expect it to run about 10 hours per tank. So if you use it a couple hours a day it will last you about a week.
Are they safe?
Patio heaters have several safety features to help ensure their safe use in most outdoor patio settings including on wood decks. First, there is no open flame. The heat is generated by propane in an enclosed combustion chamber which heats a heating screen which in turn heats the surrounding air. Even commercial type patio heaters which provide a beautiful display of flames in a glass tube contain the fire entirely within the enclosed glass combustion chamber.
Other safety features included on most patio heaters include a tilt activated cutoff valve which will stop the flow of propane to the burner if the heater is tipped past a specific angle. This will automatically shut the unit off if it is tipped over.
Outdoor patio heaters provide an easy way to extend the patio season at your home or business. They are safe, efficient, cost effective and easy to install and operate. With a broad selection of options and features there is an outdoor patio heater that can fit just about any budget while enhancing the appearance and functionality of your outdoor space.