Cold air? Don't care! Stretch out summer nights with a stylish patio heater from OnBuy’s impressive online collection. We have plenty of both gas and electric patio heaters in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and even reliable brand names to explore. What's more, we even have you completely covered (literally!) with our range of outdoor heater covers, too. Prepare to transform your garden into the ultimate place-to-be this season!
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A patio is the ideal location to relax outdoors. They provide a sturdy foundation for furniture, making them great for barbecues, al fresco lunches and other outdoor get-togethers. Sitting out in your garden for hours sounds far less appealing when the temperature drops, though.
Luckily, with the right outdoor patio heater from OnBuy's selection, which includes a plethora of electric patio heaters, gas patio models, and even handy wall alternatives, you can enjoy your space all year round! With models from the likes of Outsunny, Swan, and Heatsure, there's a wide variety available, to keep you toasty as the night draws on.
Gas versus electric
There are two main types of outdoor patio heater 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 options are more energy-efficient than their electrical counterparts, and the fact that they don’t rely on an electrical cable means they’re ideal for patios positioned at the back of lawns and gardens.
So, what’s the downside of these models? Well, the gas they use doesn’t always burn cleanly, 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, is positioned under an alcove, or has lots of patio furniture that prevents these fumes from escaping, then you may want to stay clear.
Electric patio heaters, however, 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 and ensure all your wires are watertight! 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 gas patio heaters, as well.
Finding the right fit
As well as deciding between gas and electric patio heaters, you’ll have to choose which size and shape you want. Most models are free standing. Some designs look rather like a lamppost, with the heating element positioned where a bulb would be, to protect the heating elements from the moody British weather and direct heat downwards to your cosy seating area.
Others have a pyramidal shape. These alternatives have a wider surface area, so they can heat the space around themselves quickly, but their elements are easier to touch, so you may wish to choose another design if you have small children or pets. There are also much smaller patio heaters that you can mount on a wall, or on an awning’s support beams, if you don't require a hugely powerful model.
As well as the patio heaters themselves, you’ll also find a selection of patio heater covers, parts, and accessories in this category. Made from waterproof materials that keep rain well away from your heater’s vulnerable internal workings, these covers come in a huge range of different shapes and sizes to correspond to your heater’s dimensions.
Frequently asked questions about patio heaters
Can I place a patio heater under a covered porch?
Yes! But, it's vital that you choose the correct model. While they're much safer than fire pits and similar products, each patio heater has a different amount of clearance, so it's important that you delve into the product's details to uncover this information. Once you have this information, you'll be able to determine whether the outdoor heating model you have your eye on is suitable for your covered porch area.
Which outdoor heater gives off the most warmth?
Propane patio heaters are probably the most appropriate choice here, as they typically offer more heat (about eight times more than most BTUs on the market!).
Which heaters are the most economical?
Electric heaters use around 85% less energy than gas patio heaters - a typical outdoor electric heater uses about 12kW/hr. As a result, we recommend snapping up an electric patio heater that uses less energy than your typical model if you want to watch those pennies and keep your energy bill low. You can also prevent your energy costs from skyrocketing by ensuring any electrical models are turned off completely (not just left on standby) after every use.
Can patio heaters be left outside?
As outdoor heaters are specially designed to used outside, the manufacturers of these products typically take adverse weather conditions like rain and snow into consideration. However, while most gas-powered patio heaters can be left in the rain, they shouldn't be as this can cause quicker deterioration of the exterior which ultimately decreases the outdoor heater's lifespan. Electric patio heaters can also survive in the rain, but it's well worth protecting them with a cover whenever they're not in use if you want to prolong their lifespan.