As we progress toward the holidays and the cold months of winter, our houses fill with guests. Why not open up your deck for your family by accessorizing with a patio heater or two? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose the heater that’s right for you so that you can keep enjoying your deck until the snow falls.
There are three main types of heaters: propane, natural gas, and electric. Electric and propane heaters do not require permanent mounting and are available and both freestanding and tabletop options. Natural gas heaters require permanent mounting and connection to your gas system. They are available in freestanding, mounted, and hanging options.
Propane and electric heaters have what is called a tilt safety switch. This switch works by automatically turning the heater off if it is tilted past a certain angle. Standing heaters also have a weighted base, making them harder to tip over. As always, use special care when having children and pets around patio and space heaters.
Absolutely. While the hood of a freestanding heater gets hot from the radiated heat, the base will not. It is perfectly safe to have on your wood deck.
The general rule of thumb is 30” circumference around and 34” above a freestanding patio heater of 35,000 - 50,000 BTUs. As always, thoroughly consult your owner’s manual for appropriate product guidelines.
Absolutely! Just as long as you keep the space requirements around each heater, feel free to use as many as you would like.
As your house becomes more and more packed this holiday season, feel free to invite your guests onto your deck. Patio furniture may be put away, but freestanding heaters are great for mingling outside with a hot cup of cider or mulled wine. As always, do your research and thoroughly consult your owner’s manual before operating your heater.