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What Are The Best Patio Heaters?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Patio heaters or other types of outdoor heaters can turn your patio from a space that’s only comfortable during temperate months into that you can use in fall and winter, too. Here are some things to consider when you’re choosing the best patio heaters for your particular use.

What kind do you want?

§         Patio fire pit

A patio fire pit is the least expensive type of patio heater, and it’s simply a container we can build a campfire. You can do one of two things with a fire pit; you can simply establish it as a suitable container that you can move from place to place, or you can install one permanently. Not just a “fire pit,” in fact, these can be very stylish, depending on your decor.

§         Mexican chimineas

Other types of patio heaters include the Mexican chimineas. This is simply a clay or metal pot, freestanding, that has a short chimney on top and a wide opening at the bottom. It gives the atmosphere sort of unique and homey, “old world” feel.

§         Patio fireplace

A patio fireplace is a fireplace that’s actually built into your patio, either as a freestanding cast-iron stove, or constructed similar to an indoor fireplace. These can be fueled by electricity, wood, or propane gas.

§         Standalone patio heaters

Standalone patio heaters are the most versatile type of patio heater, and are simply a freestanding post with a propane burner. This is probably the most consistently warming (and among the least expensive overall) of the options, and uses either natural gas or propane fuel; some models use electricity, as well.

Which should you choose?

The type of patio heater you choose is going to depend on your own particular needs. If you like a rustic feel, the crackle of fire, and a sort of “sitting around the campfire” atmosphere, the patio fireplace or patio fire pit are good options, and they’re not that expensive. However, be aware that you are going to have to “feed” your patio heater, in that it’s going to need to be continually fueled with wood when you use it. And of course, it’s also going to require some cleaning and maintenance.

The Mexican chimineas, too, is a good option, again if you prefer a more rustic feel.

Considerations

While the fire pit is the cheapest and easiest to set up, it does require some maintenance. For maintenance free patio heating that’s also the most consistent, your best bet is probably to go with the standalone patio heater. Because you can move standalone patio heaters from place to place with no muss and no fuss, you’re also not limited to one location, as with some other options. And, they may be the most safe to use as well, although of course safety is always a consideration with these types of outdoor heaters, anyway.

Choose the right patio heater for you, and enjoy your patio year-round with friends and family, not just during the summer. 😉

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