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About Patio HeatersA patio is the ideal location to relax outdoors. They provide a sturdy foundation to rest furniture on, making them great for barbecues, al fresco lunches and other get-togethers. Sitting out in your garden for hours sounds less appealing when the temperature drops, though. Luckily, with the right patio heater from this OnBuy selection, you can enjoy your patio all year round!
It’s all in the power
There are two main types of outdoor patio heaters that you’ll find in this category: gas patio heaters and electric ones. Both designs have their pros and cons, and you’ll want to pick the right one depending on the position and style of your patio.
Gas heaters are powered by a tank of compressed, flammable gas, typically propane. These outdoor patio heaters are more energy efficient than their electrical counterparts, and the fact that these patio heaters don’t rely on an electrical cable means that they’re ideal for patios positioned at the back of gardens. So what’s the downside with this kind of patio heater? Well, the gas they use doesn’t always burn cleanly, and so they can release noxious fumes. This is no problem if your patio is open, as there’s plenty of ventilation for these fumes to escape, but if your patio has a roof or is positioned under an alcove, you may want to stay clear.
Electric patio heaters are reliant on mains power, so you’ll have to position them close to an outlet or get creative with your extension cable placement - just be careful about tripping over them! The main benefit of electric patio heaters is their convenience. You’ll never be left without heat because you forgot to buy a new gas tank, for example. They’re also typically smaller and lighter than a gas patio heater as well.
Shapes and sizes
As well as deciding between gas and electric patio heaters, you’ll have to decide on what size and shape of heater you want. Most patio heaters are free standing. Some designs look rather like a lamppost, with the heating element positioned where a bulb would be. Others have a pyramidal shape. The pyramidal heaters have a wider surface area, so they can heat the space around themselves quickly, but their elements are easier to touch, so may wish to choose another design if you have small children. There are also much smaller patio heaters that you can mount on a wall or on an awning’s support beams.
As well as the patio heaters themselves, you’ll also find a selection of patio heater covers in this category. Made from waterproof materials that keep rain well away from your heater’s vulnerable internal workings, these covers come in different shapes to correspond to your heater’s dimensions.