Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Outdoor Patio Heaters Offer Year-Round Outdoor Fun!

In today' rough economy many families have decided to only purchase items that offer substantial value. For the family with a patio, an outdoor heater might be the best purchase to make right now. Outdoor patio heaters provide inexpensive radiate heat and transform any patio into a place to affordably entertain all year long.

Once you have decided you may want to buy a heater there are some options you will need to consider, such as...

Type of Energy: Heaters are generally offered in three different energy types:

Natural Gas



Which heat source is best for your needs will be mostly based on your individual preference; each heat source has its own benefits to offer. Natural gas is probably the most inconvenient to install because it needs to be attached to a gas line, but it is generally the cheapest energy source in many areas of the country. Electric is clean and maintenance-free, while propane is portable.

Choose the Right Size: Now that you've chosen your preferred energy source, the next area to be considered is the proper size heater for your space. Outdoor patio heaters come in various sizes from small table top units that designed to provide just the right amount of heat for small cozy spaces to big, freestanding heaters that can comfortably heat your whole patio. You can also choose from other choices like heaters that are mounted on the ceiling or wall.

Heating Output: Many big heaters can adequately heat your whole patio. However, it's important to look at the model's BTU rating. Heaters can have varying heating abilities, even when they seem to be the same size. The BTU rating is what actually determines how much heat a particular unit can produce. Models with larger BTU numbers provide more heat than units with smaller numbers regardless of the actual size of the unit.

Style: No matter whether you select a large heater or a smaller one, your heater model will generally offer a number of finishes for you to choose from. Some of the more popular finishes include:



Stainless Steel


Various Colors

Safety features are an important aspect to consider as you shop for outdoor patio heaters. Safety tilt features and automatic shut-off switches offer important protection from fires if the unit is accidently tipped over or the heater is left on over night. Propane heaters often provide additional features including flame control and sealed burners.

Heaters with electronic ignition, thermostat or other variable temperature controls will provide the maximum comfort and convenience for warming your patio on chilly nights.

These days, many families are spending more of their leisure time at home. If that includes your family you owe it to yourself to take a look at the value offered by patio heaters. You can enjoy year-round fun-filled family gatherings on your heated patio. You may even find yourself turning down the thermostat indoors and saving a bit of cash as you and your family spends more of your time outdoors.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Are Outdoor Patio Heaters Worth the Investment?

The first thing you need to know before discussing patio heaters are the basic functions. Many people enjoy sitting on an outside patio and enjoying the outdoors, which is why weather is an enormous factor to be considered. Obviously, during warmer months many people like to spend time outdoors; however, when the weather becomes colder families tend to stay inside and wait for warmer months to come. To make the most of your patio, no matter the temperature, considering a patio heater is crucial.

There are several design options in patio heaters but the bottom line is they are created to provide enough warmth for you to enjoy your patio year round, watching the changing seasons in comfort. There are directional heaters which will provide heat in one space or radiant heaters designed to heat up the space all around them.

You also have options in the type of energy you are going to use with patio heaters, each has their pros and cons. There are basically two popular types of patio heaters electric and propane. Electric heaters have no odor and many come with weather-proofed cords, however they may take some time to reach optimal temperature. Propane heaters on the other hand are completely safe and very fuel-efficient.

Patio heaters also differ in size, style and price. Many of these can fit easily onto an outdoor table and are decorative as well as affordable. For instance, the Coral Coast Deluxe Cast Iron Tabletop Patio Heater is made with a solid cast aluminum base with decorative lattice design.

It has a 100% safety shut off burner system, safety tilt switch that will turn the unit off if tipped, and comes with and electronic ignition. This propane patio heater heats an area up to 9 feet in diameter, and while its listing price ranges from $199.99-$229.99, you can pick this unit up on sale for under $130 at some online outlets.

Do you have a nice patio umbrella? There are patio heaters for use under your umbrella. You can easily attach the Dimples Patio Umbrella Heater to any kind of umbrella. This unit is a triple quartz radiant type heater that will fold away when not in use. The heater operates with whisper quiet efficiency, as there are no moving parts. It comes complete with an 8 ft weather proof cord and will provide you 1500 watts of constant electric heat. You can find this heater from many retailers at around $200 but you may find it on sale for about $150.

Are there benefits to owning patio heaters? Well if you enjoy sitting on the patio heaters in any weather then the answer is a resounding yes! Even when the weather is questionable outside with a patio heater, you can enjoy the changing of the seasons, or even stargazing on a cool night.

You and your spouse or partner can enjoy an intimate moment together without freezing your tush off, or you can have a nice hot drink on the patio, even on a brisk morning. There are many benefits to owning a patio heater.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Review of the EvenGlo GA201 Outdoor Patio Heater

With the patio heating season just starting, freestanding "post-style" or "dome-type" portable propane patio heaters will again be flooding retailers all across the nation. The most common question we get from consumers is "why are some patio heaters so much cheaper than others?"

The answer to that question is in the question itself - "cheaper" being the key word. Yes, the heaters sold in the big box home centers and retailers are cheaper (less expensive to buy) because they are cheaper (cheaply made).

It matters little whether they're made in North America or overseas. Patio heater prices are determined largely by the quality and features offered. It's true that, as market demand has increased, patio heater prices have dropped over time. What was once a specialty item sold through specialty fireplace and patio furniture shops, has become readily available through retail outlets everywhere, including online stores. A heater that once sold for $650 or more is now as low as $199. But over the course of time, what has happened to product integrity? What about the quality of materials, technology, reliability and performance and warranty?

We've observed that post-style patio heaters are now lower in quality than in years past. And that's not a good trend.

I recently attended the HPB Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah (held March 3-5, 2011). This national show is primarily where manufacturers of hearth, barbeque and other outdoor products from around the world gather to introduce new appliances and shore up distribution channels with distributors and dealers. While the show was smaller this year compared to previous ones, I saw at least a dozen booths with freestanding outdoor post-style patio heaters. Most of the heaters I reviewed had prices ranging from $179.00 up to $299.00.

A few of the heaters were of very low quality (ie. 4 piece top reflectors, flimsy posts, and low grade, low gauge steel). But what struck me most was that the technology (or lack thereof) was basically the same as years gone by - "drum style" burner heads and a very cheap piezo ignitor. Nothing new and innovative. The only real variations were color and the size of the mushroom reflector above the heater head.

Of all the brands we compared, only one patio heater manufacturer offered something unique and different - the model GA201 EvenGlo patio heater by IR Energy, Inc. To view their heater from 80 yards away was to look at just another post-style patio heater. But getting a closer look, there were some obvious differences. Big differences. Huge improvements to both heater head design and construction quality.

In 2007, IR Energy, Inc. engineers decided to improve upon the "old technology" patio heater by coming up with something much better. By doing so, they knew that this heater would be like no other. It would also cost more because it would offer a lot more in terms of construction quality, technology, longevity, warranty, etc. The EvenGlo model GA201 is the result. Let's compare:

Burner Head. Cheaper brands use a "drum style" burner, which distributes heat outward to the people zone, all while wasting up to 50% of heat energy to the open air without reaching the target area. By stark contrast, EvenGlo uses a multi-faceted burner head that maximizes useable heat output by shooting a torch style infrared flame into a collector, which then bounces heat energy both downward to a "bottom feeder" and upward to a large mushroom dispenser. In fact, the patented EvenGlo reflector reflects up to 58% more useable heat energy to the people zone! This burner head is unmatched by any competitive product.

Controls. Cheap brands use inexpensive push button piezo ignitors. Simply put, they are unreliable and frustrating to use. EvenGlo GA201 uses a heavy duty control knob. The spark ignitor generates its power from self-generating circuitry, similar to igniting a residential gas stove. It ignites easily on every try. As all too many patio heater owners know, igniting their heater can be the biggest hassle of all.

Heater Weight. The cheapest patio heaters weigh as little as 40 lbs. The EvenGlo GA201 weighs 120 lbs!. That's without the LP tank. Which one do you think is made better? If you said the 40 lb. heater, you'd be dead wrong. The GA201 weighs more because it is built with heavier gauge steel. Standard is 304 Stainless, the highest grade available. Cheaper units use 430 stainless, which is lighter weight and will corrode over time.

Top reflector. Cheap patio heaters have small reflectors made of aluminum or 430 stainless steel. The EvenGlo GA201 uses a much larger top reflector made of polished 390 stainless steel - the highest grade stainless availalble! It's size, orientation, rigidity and material quality guarantees maximum performance. The GA201 reflector is also supported by three rigid supports that maintain the shape and integrity of the reflector, even with a foot of snow resting on top.

The Proof...

In May of 2007 The Food Service Technology Center conducted extensive testing of the GA201 (FSTC Report # 5011.07.05). They concluded that the EvenGlo GA201 heated an area far bigger in square feet (137.9 s. ft.) compared to the top competitor (96.6 sq. ft.). What's even more astounding is that the EvenGlo GA301 generated mean radiant temperatures in a 12' perimeter that were much more uniform towards the edge of the circle than the competition. Why is this so important? It means that patrons can feel more comfortable at a further distance from the heater without crowding near the post.

The report concludes: "The EvenGlo series GA heater represents a revolutionary step in the performance of dome-type heaters, in both size of area heated and the evenness of the heat delivered. The effective heated area, the defining characteristic of a patio heater, is 152 sq. ft. at high input, more than 50% greater than similar heaters previously tested by the FSTC. With a very large effective heated area coupled with an even heat distribution, the EvenGlo series GA has demonstrated tremendous performance improvements over traditional designs, and warrants serious consideration by anyone in the market for a dome-type patio heater".

For discriminating consumers, the Evenglo model GA201 sets the standard for innovative technology and performance. It is a patio heater like no other.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Table Patio Heater Brings Back Good Times

During summer people love to go outdoors and just enjoy that great time with the family. However, everyday is not summer. You can still bring back that relaxing and calming feeling way back in summer with Table Patio Heaters. This outdoor furniture is very helpful and useful. It gives comfort, beauty and serenity to your house. Because of it you will also have a spot where you can invite friends over. This heater also eliminates any insects that come close to your territory. Thus, it is safe.

With all these things, you will definitely be reminiscing the good old times during summer. You will feel that summer did not really go away. You just have to light up that heater and enjoy the summer time right in your patio.

For you to have a great taste of relaxation from Table Patio Heater here are some types that you can choose from based on the theme you want to have that will go along with your reminiscing moments:

Electric or Gas Patio Heater

To bring back the simple era and time this is the perfect heater to choose from. This type of patio heater has advantages and disadvantage. First of all is that this can be placed anywhere in your house without worrying about getting it wet like the electric one where when it is wet it gets damaged and sometimes it suddenly malfunctions and stops working. Thus there is no risk at all that you have to worry about. However, with this type you have to fill it with gas and you it does not really work 100% if compared to electric heaters.

Infrared Patio Heater

This is a cool heater because it immediately turns on when you are near it. Its sensor does all the work. It detects any person going near it and works effectively after that. With this in your house, you will definitely feel a lot of comfortable heat. You will not endure the cold evening anymore because of this heater in your patio.

Electric Patio Heater

This type of heater is one of the manufacturers' best innovations for modern era and for household demands. You can enjoy this heater in your patio without doing so much like getting a gas, charcoal or other required things. You only have to press the electric start and feel that soothing heat just like old times during summer.

Thus, all these types give different convenience but they also offer the same soothing, relaxing and calming effects to your body. You would never expect that even if summer is already gone, you are still able to enjoy another summer-like evening all because of the presence of this kind of heater. So what else is there that you need to know? Choose your Table Patio Heater today and get the best of everything. You will surely be surprised at how this thing works to you, your friends and your patio.