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All you need to know about Tabletop Patio Heaters

Read this Patio Heater Buying Guide to learn everything you need to know to purchase the right patio heater for your home or business. Gas and electric are the most common types of patio heaters with gas being the more popular of the two. This page will give you a complete understanding on fuel types, materials, and answer frequently asked questions.
Table of Contents

  • How do Patio Heaters Work
  • Types of Fuel Patio Heaters Use
  • Types of Patio Heaters Determining
  • What Size Patio Heater You Need Reflector Size and Shape
  • Patio Heater Weight Materials
  • What Type of Warranty to Look For How Many BTU’s
  • Do I Need for My Patio Heater
  1. How do Patio Heaters Work
    Tabletop patio heaters are heat sources that are designed for outdoor spaces like a deck, terrace, balcony, or veranda. These heaters provide warmth by converting gas or electricity into heat and directed it towards a desired area. Patio heaters differ from space heaters in that they do not use fans to “push” air in a certain direction. Instead, they utilize what’s called a reflector. The size of the reflector determines how concentrated the heat is directed. (More on this later.) Patio heaters use radiant heat, a type of energy that heats physical objects as opposed to air molecules. As you might guess, this is much more efficient in outdoor areas where wind can easily blow away your precious hot air and leave you out in the cold. Radiant heat is the same way that the sun heats your skin (minus the harmful UV rays). Ever look through night vision goggles? Well what you’re looking at is radiant heat emanating from physical objects. If you’re confused, you can read this article to learn more about radiant heat and infrared technology.
  2. Types of Fuel Patio Heaters Use
    Propane Patio Heater Propane tabletop patio heaters are the most popular type of outdoor heater. You’ve probably seen them on decks at upscale commercial venues. Propane is readily available at local hardware stores and convenience locations like 7-Eleven. Propane patio heaters offer several benefits: They are mobile; don’t have to be anchored near an electrical outlet. Have a higher heating capacity than electric patio heaters. Do not require professional installation. Simply replace or refill the old propane tank. Most have a dial that you can adjust to crank up the heat. ELECTRIC PATIO HEATERS Electric patio heaters are a modern outdoor heating solution that has fared well in recent years. They use a bulb that is similar to a heat lamp to provide warmth to your outdoor space. Electric patio heaters offer several benefits: Unlike propane and natural gas, electric patio heaters can be used in partially enclosed areas. Produce Zero Emissions meaning they are safe for the environment. The choice for Green Activists! Electric heaters are economical. They cost less to use than propane heaters. There is no need to refill a propane tank. Simply plug and play. Can be plugged in at different locations but must be within distance of a standard 120V outlet. Note: Never use extension cords on patio heaters.