Things to Consider When Buying a Patio Heater

Fuel Type

  • Bromic Heating Tungsten 300

  • Natural Gas Patio Heaters
    Natural Gas Patio Heaters are a more permanent option and produce the greatest usable output. They do not require refilling and are cleaner to run than propane. Make sure you consider the cost to install the heaters if your space is not already plumbed.

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  • Bromic Heating Platinum 500

  • Propane Patio Heaters
    Propane Patio Heaters are the most portable option and typically do not require professional installation. Propane heaters are perfect for those who are unable to run a natural gas line or don’t have an electrical circuit powerful enough to run an electric heater. Generally, propane is the costliest fuel type and will require tank refilling. A full 20 pound cylinder will last for approximately 10 hours of heating time.

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  • Infratech CD-Series

  • Electric Patio Heaters.
    Electric Patio Heaters are usually the easiest to install and capable to operate without air flow. They are cheaper to operate than a propane unit and are less susceptible to wind. Most electric heaters have lower BTUs than gas heaters so they're known to produce gentler heat.

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  • Bromic Freestanding Portable Patio Heater
  • Freestanding Patio Heaters
    Freestanding Patio heaters are stand-alone units that do not require installation – this makes them extremely easy to use and maintain. If you're looking for heat you can take out of the box and use today, this is your best option. Consider the fact that they will take up extra space on your patio and their heat can be affected by wind.

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  • AZ Tabletop Patio Heater
  • Tabletop Patio Heaters
    Tabletop Patio Heaters are smaller heaters that give the appearance of an outdoor table lamp. Since they sit on top of a table, they are perfect for a small space. Tabletop patio heaters are also ready to start using as soon as you take them out of the box. Like hanging patio heaters, they do not provide an extreme amount a heat and will only efficiently heat a small space.

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  • Sunglo Hanging Patio Heater
  • Hanging Patio Heaters
    Hanging Patio Heaters hang like a chandelier above a patio table or attach to a patio umbrella pole. This makes them perfect for a small space, taking up zero patio floor space. Since hanging patio heaters are typically smaller, they do not provide as much heat as the other styles and will only efficiently heat a small space.

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  • Average Heating Area

    Manufacturers often state the average heating area when describing the effectiveness of the heater. This measurement is factored based on relatively low humidity environments, with ambient temperatures between 55-70 degrees, and little to no wind. The greater the wind, the less effective the heaters will be. If constant wind is a factor where installing, you may want to consider putting up a wind break. Your heater spacing will depend on the level of protection of the area to be heated. Colder temperatures and high wind areas will require more heaters, placed closer together, no matter which fuel type you use.

  • Infratech Patio Heater
  • Warranty

    To compare warranty information on our patio heaters, consult our patio heater warranty charts. For detailed warranty information, please see user manuals. If you need help deciding, check out our Patio Heater Learning Center or call one of our patio heater experts at 1-877-743-2269!

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