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Lets Talk Patio Heaters

This time of year people are thinking about how they can still use their deck or patio. If you aren’t ready to give up on the outdoors then consider getting a patio heater.

Have you ever gone to a restaurant like the Cheesecake Factory? If you have, you may have seen their outdoor seating, and their commercial grade outdoor patio heaters. They can produce a great amount of heat. I was sitting outside on their patio and I was about 8 feet away from one of those heaters the entire night, and I didn’t feel like I was outside in the cold at all. The temperature outside was around 8 degrees Celsius, so there was definitely a chill out there, but I saw a lot of people outside eating so I just went with the flow.  It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Getting back to the point, there are several different patio heaters out there, you just need to decide which style you prefer. I favor the Copper ones, because I think they look great. You can also get black or stainless steel ones. These heaters need a propane tank to operate, just like the ones used on outdoor grills. The propane tank is located on the bottom of the heater and there is an ignition on the top with a dial thermostat from low to high. You also have the option of going electric when it comes to patio heaters, but beware the electric bill if you use it often.

Patio heater can vary greatly, but the basic ones put out about 40,000 BTU’s of heat and they have stainless steel ignitions to better weather the outdoors. The larger units can heat up a circle as large as 20 feet. They range in price but Endless Summer has great units for $350.00 – $600.00, a small price to pay for an extra month or so of the outdoors wouldn’t you say?

If you do not have a larger deck or patio or only sit on the front porch, I haven’t forgotten about you, they also have table top units. They can heat an area of 50 to 75 Sq. ft. and put out around 11,000 BTU, and cost around $150-$200.00. So no matter what your needs are there is a heater for you.

Guest post by:
Rick the Spa Guy from www.fixmypoolandspa.blogspot.com



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