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Patio heaters


  • convenient fuel source that never needs refilling
  • burns cleaner than propane, producing less greenhouse gas
  • safer for wooden decks than firepits
  • allows you to use your patio longer in the evening and later in the year

Getting the most out of your patio heater

Setting it up

Patio heaters are intended to raise the temperature of an area by a few degrees to make sitting outdoors more comfortable.

To do this best, keep your patio heaters in a sheltered area (like a walled or fenced backyard).

Contact a licensed gas contractor to have your gas line extended into your yard or onto your patio.

Caring for your patio heater

  • Greasy fingerprints and cleanser residue will burn into the surface of the reflector. When the heater is cool, clean outside surfaces with non-flammable cleanser and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth.
  • Do not use any type of abrasive materials when scrubbing.
  • Ask your retailer about a cover to keep insects out of the heater, so you can prevent nesting in open burners and blockages.

Like all natural gas appliances, check the manufacturer's recommendations for care and repair.

How patio heaters work

Natural gas heaters use radiant heat to warm the people and objects close by. Radiant heat is a little like sunshine: these heaters don't heat the air, but reflect off nearby walls, objects or the standing heater's "mushroom dome".

This heat is measured in British thermal units or Btu. The average patio heater can radiate 35,000 to 40,000 Btu to heat an area of about 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 m) in diameter.

Tip — You can expect about a 10 foot (3 m) diameter of heat for the average standing heater. You can use several heaters and overlap the areas, or upgrade to a commercial model if you use your heater for several hours or more every day.