Saturday, 15 August 2009

Heating up the Scene: Patio Heaters

You’ve seen them more and more around on club patios and outside of upscale restaurants. Patio heaters are truly becoming a hot commodity used by commercial businesses as a consideration to their patrons and now they are also being sold residentially so you can enjoy the serene warmth of one at home. Traditionally made from stainless steel and aluminum, heaters can range anywhere from well over $800 for the more extravagant and commercial types to just under $200. There is the classic silver disc-shaped design but now also a variety of styles to choose from, including ones made to look like old-fashioned streetlamps.

Patio heaters are most often found during spring and summer, but their usefulness extends into colder months as well. Perfect for outdoor parties and barbecues, keep the festivities going even as the night grows cooler. The heat from each unit normally extends about 20 feet outward, so one is adequate for smaller patios and decks. The following are some other reasons why you might want to consider investing in a stylish and functional patio heater.


Most types of patio heaters are portable, especially smaller tabletop models. They do not utilize electric outlets (so they’re safe around swimming pools) or gas lines so they can be moved when and where as needed. That means they won’t need to be left out during winter. There are stationery versions that attach to ceilings and walls which are especially effective at heating an area, but do unfortunately often require the need for gas line.


When having an open heat source out in a common area, safety is of course a factor, especially in the case of children. As it stands, most patio heaters are sturdy enough to withstand being bumped into. Additionally, some types come with an automatic shut-off feature if the heater tilts too far to any side or if anyone forgets to turn it off at the end of the night.


Patio heaters work more quickly than other types of heaters to raise the surrounding temperature by 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also much safer and more contained than open fires, in the case of pits, grills and bonfires.


Though most consider it a bad habit, that’s no reason to banish smokers to the cold. With state-wide smoking bans in place, most buildings require that all smokers go outside a pre-determined distance from a building’s entrance. Patio heaters are a considerate touch (which doesn’t hurt to boost workplace morale either), and even non-smokers can appreciate the communal aspect of having everyone congregate and chat around the pleasing heat source.

Low Maintenance

Most patio heaters operate on a propane tank burning system that requires little cleanup afterward. They are also constructed in such a way as to be weather resistant and able to stand being out in rain and snow. However, some degree of maintenance is suggested to keep them working at their best and to reduce pollution buildup. And if not already assembled upon purchase, most heaters are simple to put together.


Unlike a lot of bulky and industrial-looking indoor space heaters, outdoor patio heaters do not pose an eyesore to their surroundings. The propane tank or alternate fuel source is often hidden inside the base of each unit, so all you’re left with is sleek design. With the many shapes, styles and sizes of heaters available on the market today, everyone can find one that suits their particular taste.

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