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First, it's important to know that patio heaters provide three important functions.

  1. They help extend your outdoor experience by providing heat in usually up to a 20-foot diameter. When you would have normally moved your party inside on a brisk day, radiant heat allows comfortable warmth allowing you to enjoy the outdoors farther in the colder seasons.
  2. The amber radiant heat glow helps keep those pesky insects away from your guests.
  3. Patio Heaters come in many styles, colors and shapes, adding to the overall aesthetic of your backyard, patio or dining area.

Propane (LP) or Natural Gas (NG)

With exception of the quartz electric heater, most outdoor patio heaters are available in either Liquid Propane (LP) or Natural Gas (NG). When determining a heater purchase first decide what type of gas you would like to use.

Propane allows your heater to be a bit more mobile and to place the heater wherever you desire (within the heaters clearance measurements). Propane is easy to get and is available in areas where Natural gas may not be plumbed or available. The only drawback is propane must be refilled or the tank must be replaced when it runs empty.

Natural Gas, if plumbed to your desired location, is less expensive to run, never has to be refilled and is a little bit cleaner to run (less soot). Natural Gas hoses with quick disconnects are available to allow your heater to be more mobile and placed in several desired locations.

If deciding on Natural Gas, make sure a qualified service technician tests and connects to your stub location.

Where do you want to install the heater?

Now that you what gas type you would like to use, where do you want to install the patio heater. Many types of installations are available; Portable with Wheels, Portable without Wheels, Permanent Mount, and Ceiling or Wall Mounted. We carry all types of heaters that will suit your needs.

  • A Portable Heater with Wheels, whether in Propane or Natural Gas, allows you to move the patio heater easily to a desired location and gives you the flexibility to warm different areas at different times. Some heaters have wheels attached to the tank cabinet, like the Patio Comfort Heaters , while others have concealed wheels giving you a clean look. See Dayva Heaters
  • Portable Heaters without wheels can also be moved to different locations, but this means lifting about 80 to 100 lbs. to relocate the heater. It offers the aesthetic of clean lines without obtrusive wheels. See Sunglo patio heaters.
  • Permanent Mounted Heaters are what you usually see in a restaurant or hotel. They offer great stability and are usually run on natural gas. See Sunglo Heaters.
  • Ceiling or Wall Mounted Heaters are a great option when floor space is limited or you want your heater away from fumbling hands. Most of these types of heaters operate with a wall switch, however some can be also manually light. See Sunpak Heaters

Which heater is best?

There are quite a lot of heater manufactures out there; a lot of them are from manufacturers in China . Being manufactured in China doesn't make the heater bad, but there are a few things to watch out for.

Is the heater safety tested or certified? Several independent testing laboratories test heaters to ANSI standards that the heaters operate safely, the instructions are clear and manufacturing is kept to a high standard.

Look for heaters that bear the CSA or UL mark. All of our heaters either are CSA or UL approved, with the design and manufacturing control being in the USA .

Why is this important? Trying to get service or parts from an overseas manufacturer, especially when their company name changes so often, can be like pulling teeth. You want your heater to be a carefree extension of your patio.

Also, with outdoor patio heaters, it truly is, you get what you pay for. A less expensive heater might use a poor powder coating process or lower grade stainless steel. Also, the gas components might not be the same as our American standard meaning more outages and breakdowns. All of the heaters we carry are manufacture of the finest materials and with quality test parts. See all Heaters.

After knowing what gas type you want to use, where you are going to install it and to look for safety tested markings, deciding which heater is best for will now depend on how you want it to look.

What do you want your heater to look like?

Many different styles and colors are available in outdoor heaters.

Are you looking for a modern and commercial design with stainless steel or do you want the classic look of a black or green heater? How about the new stylish platinum or bronze tones? Do you prefer the standard round base or the unique square look? Please review our chart below for the best design for your backyard getaway.

White
Black
Green
Stainless
Bronze
Platinum

Gray

Round

Sunglo

Sunglo

Sunglo,
Endless
Summer

Sunglo

Round w/ Wheels

Patio Comfort

Patio Comfort,
Endless
Summer

Patio Comfort

Patio Comfort

Square w/ Wheels

Dayva Premiere

Dayva Premiere

Dayva Premiere

Dayva Premiere

Dayva Premiere

Hanging & Ceiling Mounted

Sunglo,
Sunpak

Sunpak & Infratech

Permanent Mounted

Sunglo

Sunglo

Tabletop Endless Summer Endless Summer

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