OUTDOOR HEATER - PATIO HEATERS
A patio heater is a great addition to any outdoor space—more heat means you can keep enjoying the great outdoors year-round especially in winter and won't let the cold chase you inside. Here's a breakdown of types of patio heaters and FAQ at the end.
What is patio heater?
Definition from Cambridge Dictionary: a hollow structure for holding a fire outside, usually made of clay or metal, with a narrow top where smoke can escape. A patio heater uses fuel of some kind to keep a space warm and are designed for outdoor use.
Types of patio heaters
Propane Patio Heaters
Affordable propane is the fuel source for propane patio heaters which can be used almost anywhere without a municipal gas or electrical hookup. More importantly, the price is within the reach of average homeowners.
- Heat quicky.
- Affordable propane.
- Propane tank is more expensive than natural gas.
- Propane tank need replacement.
- Can only be used outside.
Gas Patio Heater
Natural gas patio heaters are often chosen to make use of an existing natural gas line.
- Burns cleaner.
- Maintain easier.
- Professional installation needed.
- More expensive because of installation fee.
- Less portable because they need to be attached to gas line.
Electric Patio Heater
Electric is another popular option, particularly as they are easy to use, portable, and safe to use in enclosed or open spaces. If you're looking for one, you might like this 1500W Outdoor Hanging Patio Heater.
- Easy to use.
- Can be used in enclosed spaces.
- May cost more due to electrical rates.
- Have to place it near the outlet.
Wood-Burning Patio Heater
Wood-burning patio heaters, fire pits, and chimneys are one of the most affordable options. The Outdoor Steel Chiminea Patio Heater costs $250( on sale) with classic look would light your home spaces.
- Most affordable options
- exceptional quality of heat. Heat faster with efficiency.
- Frequent maintenance is needed.
- Hard to light and produce sparks.
- Unsafe when there's hyperactive kids and pets around.
- Can only be used outdoor.
There are many questions asked on the internet about patio heaters. Here are answers you might be interested in.
FAQ For Porpane Heaters
Q :What size propane tank do I need for my patio heater?
Mostly 20 pound propane tank for full size patio heaters.
Q : Where do I purchase a propane tank?
You can find twenty pound propane tanks easily at home improvement, grocery stores etc.
Q : Can my propane patio heater be converted to natural gas?
No, To do so could cause irreparable damage to the unit. If your home has a natural gas hook up then you should consider a natural gas patio heater.
FAQ For Gas Patio Heater
Q : How much natural gas does a patio heater use?
Natural Gas provides an average of 1,030 BTUs per standard cubic foot, but this number can vary between 950 to 1,050 BTUs.
Q : How much natural gas does a pilot light use per month?
Approximately 432,000 BTU each
Q : Is it OK to leave pilot light on all year?
It is okay in most cases. A gas fireplace pilot light produces a flame from a small trickle of gas and does almost nothing else. This small flame is not enough to pose a threat.
FAQ For Electric Patio Heater
Q : Do patio heaters use a lot of electricity?
Generally speaking , you can expect a cost of between 20 and 30 pence to heat your patio for an hour.
Q : Are electric patio heaters cheaper than gas?
In general, natural gas tends to be the cheapest way to heat a patio, followed by electric and then propane.
Q : What's the difference between infrared and electric patio heaters?
The main difference between infrared heaters and most other heating products is that infrared heaters heat purely through radiation. Most forms of heating deliver the majority of their heat through convection: spreading heat around the room by warming up the air. This is a much less direct form of heat than radiation.
FAQ For Wood-Burning Patio Heater
Q : Can I use my patio heater when it is windy?
It is not recommended to use patio heater if wind conditions exceed 10 miles per hour. Otherwise, performance of patio heater is diminished.
Q : Should I purchase a cover for my patio heater?
It is an excellent way to protect and extend the life of your patio heater with a cover. Covering your unit when not in use to prevent moisture, dust and bugs.
Q : Can I use wood-burning patio heater in my enclosed patio ?
No. If not properly ventilated, a wood-burning will cause a buildup of toxic smoke and harmful gases, like carbon monoxide.