Outdoor Entertaining Made Possible with Portable Patio Heaters
A growing trend among homeowners is building or improving outdoor rooms, such as patios and decks. This not only creates additional living space but also increases the value of the property. According to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), half of all homeowners thought it was important for a home to have a relaxing outdoor room. One of the top items PERC recommends for creating the perfect outdoor room is a patio heater.
A study conducted by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA), 56 percent of all grill owners, and 69 percent of gas grill owners, now grill outdoors regularly throughout the year. By using an outdoor patioheater, many of those people could continue to enjoy the outdoors experience by also eating outside during colder weather.
Choosing a Heater
Patio heaters are constructed to function using one of three different fuel types: propane, natural gas, or electricity. Natural gas is used for permanent, stationary heaters. Propane heaters work in a very simple way. Propane, conveniently available in tanks, allows a heater to be moved about. Infrared heaters are often powered by electricity, though some are run bynatural gas.
New varieties and sizes of patio heaters are available on a regular basis. As you look through the various options below, consider your particular needs. Do you want a stationary heater, or a portable one? How much heat do you need considering the number of people you will entertain? Framing these types of questions will help you determine what heater is right for you. Keep in mind that portable heaters can be either free-standing or table-top models.
Free-standing heaters are larger (about 95 inches tall) and more powerful than table-top heaters. Table-top heaters, because they are lighter and smaller, are also much easier to carry around. For larger groups, you might want to try an affordable commercial grade heater that radiates heat in up to a 20 foot diameter. Infrared heaters are often quite versatile; they can be be hung on a wall, on a pole, or even possibly overhead.
Table Top Heaters
Stationary heaters are useful because they hook up to your natural gas lines, and so do not have tanks that need to be replaced or refilled. However, if you plan on moving the heater to different locations, consider that you'll need a portable propane model.
The heating power of a patio heater is rated in BTUs. As an example, a 45,000 BTU heater will produce a 20 foot heat diameter. Free-standing heaters are often more powerful than table-top heaters, and so can be used for larger groups.
Whichever you decide to go with, you can look forward to an investment that lets your enjoy your time and space much more frequently.