The Heat is On with Patio Heaters
by Nicholas Webb - email@example.com
Description: Tips for heating up your patio with patio heaters.
Any outdoor lover will tell you that the right patio heater will allow
you to extend your love of the open-air life all year round.
A 15-20 foot circle of heat can easily increase the outside temperature
by 10-25 degrees Fahrenheit and that makes all the difference between
having to stay inside and eating out.
As with most patio equipment, the choice of the right heater for your
needs isn't always such an immediate process. First thing to know is
whether you really need or want one. Some factors to consider are your
lifestyle. How often do you eat or entertain outside? What is the weather
Now a few words concerning your budget.
How much are you willing to spend for a patio heater?
Prices for free standing models generally start at around $200-$250 and
can go up to and over the $1000 mark. For normal domestic use, most
sources indicate a $300-$400 model as being perfect.
The more expensive models are generally intended for commercial use.
The newer, better-made patio heaters offer a selection of safety features
and temperature controls. They will allow you to entertain in the early
spring evenings. Just take a family breakfast set outside, or simply
have a barbecue anytime you feel like it.
Modern patio heaters are:
- so safe, you needn't worry about fire
- very quiet
- really make having a patio or deck worthwhile
Freestanding heaters are usually about 7 feet tall and resemble a
lamppost with a conical umbrella type housing on top. This helps radiate
heat downwards. Some electric models are available but the majority use
propane or natural gas, and these are by far the best type to consider.
The gas canisters are contained in the base of the heater.
A quality patio or garden heater will generate around 45-50,000 BTUs,
and that would be enough to keep you warm when you sit anywhere within a
Most models now come with wheels, which facilitate moving your heater
from one place to another while some even come with carrying cases. When
it's not in use, you can put the patio or deck heater in its carry
case, or under an appropriate cover, and just wheel it away!
Many retailers are also able to offer smaller tabletop, or footstool,
versions of the freestanding models.
So, apart from the price, the main things to look out for are the BTUs
and temperature controls. The rest is really just design. Choose
something you like ... and prepare to enjoy more quality time outdoors.
In summary, garden or patio heaters will allow you to enjoy the outdoor
life all year round.
Nicholas Webb is the owner of http://www.allabout-patio.com, a site that provides user-friendly patio
furniture and patio accessories consumer tips and buying advice for the
outdoor lover. Check it out before parting with your money.
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