Portable Patio Heater - Propane and Electric Heaters

Learn tips from other homeowners before purchasing a portable patio heater. While the heater you purchase should match your budget, you don't want to spend money on an outdoor heater that fails to live up to your expectations.

When purchasing a portable patio heater, consider price, performance and safety.

Four Possible Power Sources with Portable Patio Heaters

All outdoor portable patio heaters operate using one of three power sources:

  • Electricity
  • Kerosene
  • Natural gas
  • Propane

Electric outdoor heaters are usually the easiest to use. There are no fumes so no carbon monoxide risk. Some are even cost efficient when compared to propane. Make sure the model you pick is weather resistant and can be used in rain. Otherwise, keep it sheltered.

Natural gas or kerosene patio heaters generally turn out to be the most affordable of all fuel sources. Natural gas and propane patio heaters operate using a burner that should be periodically inspected for corrosion. Make sure you use the patio heater in a well ventilated area because of carbon monoxide. Many are weatherproofed and can be used if it is raining or snowing.

Kerosene patio heaters are used for indoor and outdoor settings. You must use 1K kerosene. Many gas stations sell the dyed form. It's okay to burn dyed 1K providing you dry burn your wick after every seven uses. Kerosene patio heaters require ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide, but heat output is impressive. In many cases, your kerosene outdoor heater is up to temperature in a matter of minutes. Kerosene heaters are designed for indoor and outdoor use providing you keep the heater out of rain or snow.

Check the Weight of the Outdoor Heater Before Buying

While many companies state their outdoor heaters are portable, some may weigh too much for you to comfortably carry from area to area. Tabletop patio heaters are generally portable because they use propane or electricity as fuel and are very lightweight.

While a 30 pound outdoor portable patio heater might be portable to someone with upper body strength, you might find it to be a hassle to move. Check the weight and consider your limitations.


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