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 Outdoor Patio Heaters

 By Ross MacIver

Almost everybody enjoys spending time outdoors, and that's why most houses have an outdoor terrace or patio. People living in northern climates, however, can only use their patio during the pleasant summer weather. If you wish to extend your patio season, outdoor patio heaters can be used to enjoy your patio or terrace in the early spring and late fall as well as during the summer.

An outdoor patio heater is perfect for people who like to entertain outside. It can make the difference between being able to relax and being uncomfortable. Your guests will appreciate being able to enjoy the outdoors with you thanks to your patio heater.

There are many styles and colors to choose from when buying a patio heater. The most popular style is the freestanding patio heater, which provides a heating diameter of about 20 feet. There are many manufacturers who make this type of patio heater, so you have a large variety of models to choose from.

When buying a patio heater, check to see that it has safety features like a shut off valve. This will stop the flow of gas in case the heater is tipped or overturned. Without this safety shut off valve, a patio heater presents a real fire hazard.

Patio heaters can use either propane or natural gas as their fuel source. The burner unit should be high-quality stainless steel, and the heat distributor should be made of aluminum for the most efficient heat distribution. The rest of the heater can be made of many different materials, including cast aluminum, stainless steel, or bronze.

Some patio heaters are available with a wide variety of accessories. Lights are very common and useful for outdoor use. Other popular accessories include tables that surround the heater, and cooking surfaces for preparing food.

If your house has a patio or terrace, you will get a lot of use out of an outdoor heater. It could be one of the best purchases you ever make!




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Patio Heaters, Barbeque and Patio Furniture Guide

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