Electric and gas patio heaters are a cheap and efficient way to keep warm when you feel like sitting out to stargaze, or for barbeques that carry on long after the sun has gone down. Whatever the occasion, you can comfortably sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, even as the temperatures begin to drop.
With a table top patio heater, there’s no fire to extinguish or embers to worry about; you simply switch it on when you’re cold, and off again when you’re ready to head inside. They’re compact, so they won’t dominate smaller outdoor spaces, and, if proper safety precautions are taken, can even be used on balconies and terraces as there’s no smoke to bother the neighbours. There isn’t any specialist knowledge needed to operate them, and, if used properly, they don’t require much maintenance.
Not only do patio heaters give out a good level of heat, they also emit a small amount of light; perfect to take the edge off a gloomy night. They’re safer than enclosed fires like fire pits and chimineas, particularly in smaller outdoor areas, though special care should still be taken as they will quickly become hot to the touch. Also, unlike real fires, the temperature is easily adjusted to suit you.
Many patio heaters are water resistant, though you should check to make sure the product you are purchasing does not need to be kept under shelter. Table top heaters are generally weather resistant, but to ensure you get the most out of them, it is recommended that they are stored away in a weatherproof area when not in use. They can be placed directly on the floor, under or on a table, or next to a seat to keep feet warm, and though some will be directional, many give out heat in 360o so that everyone can feel the benefit. As always with any type of heater, instructions and the supplied directions for safe operation should be adhered to at all times.