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Should I Buy A Patio Heater?

By Sarah Mullins

Are outside temperatures chilly? Well, you do not need to give-up on the patio if you have a patio heater. Once found only in restaurant courtyards, patio heaters are seen more often now in home patios. So, your family and guests can be comfortable in your patio even when the temperatures have dropped. There are lots of types of heaters. While electric heaters are available, they’re not the most used. Natural gas and propane heaters account for most heaters that are sold. Increased popularity of restaurant courtyards for smokers and increased home patio entertaining has meant that outdoor heaters have become easily available and their prices have come down. Patio heaters are very quiet. They’re safe and they extend the period of time of usefulness of a deck. Many freestanding units are seven feet tall and have a gas canister located in the base of the unit. They have a long, sleek look that resembles a light post. Many have an umbrella-like top to help radiate heat downward. Typical gas and propane heaters will provide warmth for up to 20 feet away. That you should enough for a small gathering of friends for cocktails under the stars. Keep in mind that wind can be a problem if you are trying to heat an outdoor area. Many restaurants use screens or roll-down shades that act as an efficient wind block. Heaters work most efficiently in a sheltered or semi-sheltered area. The ideal location is an intimate area next to a wall or fence and under an overhead structure. Some models come with wheels for easy moving. When not being used, some feature a case for easy storage. There are also smaller tabletop and footstool versions of the more popular tall units. Outdoor heaters are rated by the quantity of BTU’s. A standard unit will have around 45,000 BTU’s. That is enough for an average patio.

A Chimenea Alternative !

An interesting alternative to a modern patio heater is an old traditional Mexican wood-burning chimenea (or chiminea). They’re versatile! Not only seeking it as an outdoor fireplace, but you should use it to cook dinner. Added to that, since they burn wood, the smoke can help keep bugs away. All this in one unit. Chimeneas use to be made of clay. However, today they normally are made from iron, copper, and cast aluminum. Iron as typically the most popular metal because of its long lasting heat retention and because they are long lasting. They come in a variety of designs and may be used year round. Should you decide to cook, then you should make sure it provides a removable grate. While chimeneas can be stored, many keep them outside and simply cover them during the off season and during long stretches of rainy weather. Iron does require more upkeep but it’s very attractive. Some may want a cast aluminum model because of easy maintenance. But I suggest an iron or copper chimenea. We have a large iron chimenea that has given us years of excellent service. Our kids have named it “Ole Burt.” The type of wood you select to burn is important. You must never burn a wood that has been pressure or chemically treated the slightest bit. Who knows what dangerous vapors will come out of them. While any untreated wood can be used, hardwoods do burn longer. Pine tends to crackle and pop. Mesquite is a nice wood to burn if you’ll be using it for grilling. As always, when starting a fire, use precautions! Don’t place the chimenea close to trees. Always be certain there is a fully charged fire extinguisher and know how to use it.

In Summary

Patio heaters could be a welcomed addition to your patio. They will allow both you and your guests to enjoy the outside even in chilly weather. A chimenea is an interesting addition to a patio, deck, or backyard. You and the guests can enjoy a nice fire while cooking dinner. It’s a pleasure more people should try. About the author: Sebastian Van Deyck is a successful writer and a noted authority that writes for Better Patio Furniture providing helpful tips and practical advice for the online shopping of outdoor furniture including pa tio heaters and chimineas.

Want to find out more about types of outdoor gas heater, then visit Tomas Walke’s site on how to choose the best garden heater for your needs.

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Mullins, Sarah "Should I Buy A Patio Heater?." Should I Buy A Patio Heater?. 9 Jul. 2010. 13 Aug 2015 <>.

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