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How to Choose a Patio Heater?
Natural gas patio heaters, also known as deck or radiant heaters, take over where the sun leaves off, allowing you to enjoy more hours in comfort and warmth by the pool, spa, or on your deck.

Generating thermal radiation for outdoor use, patio heater, known as a mushroom or umbrella heater, is a radiant heating appliance.

4 Fuel Types


Electric outdoor heaters are typically a very convenient option. Except for hanging and wall-mounted models, electric outdoor heaters don’t require any installation and merely need to be plugged in. The main inconvenience you may experience is having to keep your electric heater close to an outlet.

Electricity costs more than gas and wood for ongoing use, but electric heaters are very easy to use and maintain, and they’re the only type of outdoor heater that it’s safe to use in an enclosed or covered space.


It is not difficult to add propane heaters to your patio or yard. They don't require professional installation. All you have to do is putting them together, attaching the gas tank, and turning them on.

Unfortunately, they cost more than natural gas outdoor heaters in the long run, and you should plan on replacing the gas tank every so often if you go with this option. However, it is friendly to new users. And when the propane tank does run out, eliminate the old and replace with the new one.

Natural Gas

Natural gas outdoor heaters will usually require professional installation since you’ll need them to be hooked up to your gas line. Because of this, they can cost quite a bit more upfront than other types of outdoor heaters — both for the heater itself and the installation costs. However, they’re the cheapest to use once you have them installed and they’re incredibly easy to maintain.

Wood could provide a cozy atmosphere if you like the classic style.
However, the maintenance would be a bit problematic. You have to continue to add more wood and clean the ash. Although it has these disadvantages, it still gains its popularity among people who appreciate the ambiance of sitting by a fire and the smell wood releases as it burns.

A fire pit or chimney may sometimes be trickier to ignite than your other heating options, especially on a windy day. Also, you’ll have less control over the level of heat than you would with something you can quickly turn down or put on a specific temperature setting. For many people, the look and feel of a wood fire make the trade-offs worth it.

Patio Heater Types

Hanging Patio Heater


  • Ideal for small places


  • Permanent installation 

Table Top Patio Heater

  • Easy to move


  • Use electric or propane

Standing Patio Heater


  • Full size and portable


  • Ideal for an outdoor party

Mounted Patio Heater


  • Not portable


  • Permanent installation


  • Ideal for small places


Whatever you want, you can find an outdoor heater to serve your purposes. Embrace your warm winter and have a nice party with your families and friends.