Patio Heaters

Decorative and practical heaters for every budget

Imagine for a moment that you're sitting outside in the Midwest. As the sun sets in the sky, the temperature slowly drops from a warm 80 degrees to a chilly 60 degrees. At this point, you might be wondering about the benefits of using a patio heater. Well, those benefits are numerous. First and foremost, these heaters provide much-needed warmth during chilly nights, but they also bring people together. Imagine huddling around a heater with those you love and care about. Luckily for you, there are options to fit every style and budget imaginable.

Gas Patio Heaters

The first type of heater is a gas patio heater. These heaters may also be known as propane patio heaters because they run on propane gas. Gas patio heaters are perfect for those who need something only a few times a month, because they can be left outside and turned on when needed.

Tabletop Patio Heaters

You can also find tabletop patio heaters. These heaters sit directly on a table, and require very little maintenance. The only thing is that they typically need to be carried back inside after being used – they usually cannot be left outside. Exposure to rain and other natural elements can damage the internal parts and cause them to stop working completely.

Copper Finish Patio Heaters

Copper finish patio heaters are a good choice for those looking for something to complement their patio furniture while still being functional. A copper finish patio heater is usually made with a type of aluminum or cast iron, and then covered in copper. Copper is an excellent heat conductor, so you should be careful not to move one of these heaters until it has cooled completely.

Outdoor Patio Heaters

Outdoor wood heaters are typically made from clay or ceramic. The heater has an opening where the wood is placed and a flue at the top for the smoke. This flue is tall and thin to keep the smoke moving upward, keeping it away from anyone near the heater.

Outdoor space heaters work very similar to space heaters used inside the house, except that they are treated with special materials to protect them from moisture damage. Many of these outdoor space heaters require an electrical outlet in which to plug them in. Unless you have an outdoor outlet, you might want to choose another type of patio heater.

The last type of outdoor patio heater is an outdoor water heater. Outdoor water heaters use water to create steam, which powers an internal motor. This internal motor slowly warms to give off heat to the surrounding areas.

Outdoor patio heaters typically start at less than $50, but can easily rise into the thousands of dollars, especially those that are highly decorated. Still, everyone can find a heater to fit their needs, no matter what their budget might be.

By Jennifer Eblin