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Enjoy the Outdoors - With Patio Heaters Or Propane Heaters

Jul 2, 2008
The love of the outdoor does not only stop at your own backyard. You can also bring the warmth of patio heaters to the office. The staff will love this new warm and cozy environment outside and it can even give them some sort of moral boost. The heaters have also attracting people at outdoor dining spots.

Then again, there are bound to be smokers around. Since they cannot very well smoke indoors, the outdoors need to be at least equipped with patio heaters.

Compared to matches, one should use electric starters as matches can be quite dangerous.

You can expect a coverage of between 10 and 20 feet in radius and between 10 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit raise in temperature.

You can find heaters that are mounted high on the wall in order to facilitate the downwards blowing of the heat. You can also find heaters that are attached to the ceiling. As well, free standing ones.

It is a good idea to get heaters that switch off automatically upon reaching the desired temperature. Wood heaters are quite commonly used or, you can choose to have a copper fire pit or stainless steel heater. Not to worry, the flame is always kept within by a protective grate. Better yet, you can use your own firewood, making these affordable. Just be aware of your local laws regarding wood combustion.

Cover the your outdoor heaters for protection.

The patio heaters are not suitable for winters, but fall and spring. They radiate heat which heats up the area not the air. This is cheaper unlike convection which do use up a lot of energy to heat up the air and thus less effect on the area.

Patio heaters can cost anywhere between $100 and $300. You will want to watch out for safety features like emergency cut off valves, flame controllers, sealed burners, tilt switches, etc. New heaters will have these features incorporated, but the old ones may not.

The patio heaters that are in antique bronze or stainless steel will look very stylish indeed.

The propane gas heaters are actually contained heat that runs on propane gas tanks. They also come in a unique design. Without a doubt, these heaters which look like antique lamp posts will definitely look superb in your garden.

There are a lot of style to choose from for propane heaters. Choosing should depend on the area you want to heat and how you will use it.

The amount of heat a propane heater will release depends on the BTU that is the British Thermal Unit. The highest BTU unit is between 40,000 and 46,000. Thus, the heaters can heat the area of up to 175 square foot.

The BTU is the quantity of heat vital to increase temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. Higher BTU would mean warmer temperature; however, this also depends on the design of the heater to heat certain amount of space.

How much heat you can feel also depends some on the surroundings. When walls and gates can shield the area from the wind and trap heat within, the heating capacity can be optimum.

The propane heaters will need 18 inches clearance on the ceilings.

Propane heaters can also be in a movable version. They come with wheels and therefore useful especially on bad weather days. Therefore, with this type of heater, you can choose between movable or permanent ones. Table top propane heaters are also affordable however, getting the heaters depend on how you intend to use it.

The propane heaters use the same fuel as the ones used for barbecues. They will not require installation by specialists. You will only need them if you are installing heaters that use electricity or gas line.
About the Author
Kenny Leichester is a foremost expert in the interior design industry specializing in the outdoor or patio settings using outdoor patio furniture, patio umbrellas, outdoor cushions, patio heaters, patio lighting and so on to create exquisitely beautiful layout. His articles and work is widely distributed and is a regular contributor to PatioShoppers.com.
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