How to Choose a Patio Heater

A patio heater is a great way to add warmth and extend your outdoor enjoyment. But choosing the best one depends on a number of factors.

Consider the fuel type. Gas patio heaters fueled by propane or natural gas require a fixed gas line, while electric models run on electricity and can be plugged into an electrical outlet.

The strength of a heater is measured in British thermal units (Btu), and a higher Btu rating indicates it can heat a larger area. To determine the right size heater for your space, measure the area to be heated and look at the manufacturer’s recommended coverage radius.

Also think about whether you want your patio heater to be portable or stationary. Some of our favorite models are designed for permanent installation on a wall or ceiling, while others are free standing (including pyramid and dome-style) or tabletop.

If you choose a gas patio heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to light it safely. Some have an electric ignitor button, while others require a flame to ignite. If you’re using a gas-powered patio heater, keep a fire extinguisher nearby, preferably one of the multipurpose types that can be used on all fuel sources.

Regardless of the type of patio heater you purchase, make sure it has an UL or ETL approval mark, industry-standard ratings that ensure your new product is safe to use. This is especially important for gas-fueled units, as they must be properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. patio heater