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Patio Heaters - Loyal Companion Over Fall & Spring

Propane Patio Heaters

A patio heater is just a heater that was built for use in open spaces. Patio heaters especially propane patio heaters are becoming more and more popular as people start to spend more time outdoors on their patios. The amount of heat that a patio heater puts out depends on three things. The manufacturer, the model and the weather. Most heaters have a circle of heat that is 10-20 feet or 3-6 meter. Some can ever warm up a space as big as 30 feet or 9 meter. Please know that these types of heaters are not meant to be used in the cold winter weather months.

The heaters can only raise the ambient temperature about 25 degrees Fahrenheit at most. That means if its 10 degrees outside, it will only raise the temperature to 35 degrees. Ideally, the patio heater is designed to make those late fall and early spring days more enjoyable. It will allow you to stay outside on your patio and snuggle with your sweetie a little bit longer.

Standard patio heaters usually run on propane, kerosene or butane. However, there are some that run on electricity and other fuels. Natural gas is usually used in heaters that are permanently installed. It will just tie into the same system as your outdoor grill if you have one. If you have a portable heater, it will more than likely run off of a bottled fuel.

Most heaters of this nature will have a heavy aluminum reflector that is used to redirect the heat down and away from the unit. Most people prefer this type of heater over the completely open ones. Pricing for a patio heater varies from $200 for a small portable one, all the way to $1000 for a larger model.

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