The market for outdoor living is expanding as we become more
social in our culture. One of the favourite new lifestyle changes
is to extend the seasons by placing a garden patio heater on the
A Review of Garden Patio Heaters
There are various types of garden patio heaters which can be fuelled by gas,
coal, wood and electricity. These can range from free standing,
fixed/plumbed into the ground, table models, wall units, and
pit/basket types. Due to the ease of use and versatility, the most
popular type is the free standing gas model. There are various free
standing models on the market but the important features to look for
are highlighted below.
This can be described in KW or BTU/h's (British Thermal Unit). It is
worth checking the BTU's, this is the engine size and a more accurate
way of understanding how much heat will be generated. Table models
often have low output; standing models should have a min 35,000 BTU up
to 45,000BTU. Anything higher will only marginally increase the
available heat but will cost more to run.
Some garden patio heaters only offer a high and low heat setting. Always look for
variable heat control.
Patio heaters in the left hand picture are the same as
supplied for home users.
This picture was taken at the
Millennium Stadium (home of Rugby) and all the patio heaters were supplied by
they can do this for the Dome, you can trust them to supply your
Garden patio heaters fitted with a flame failure device are common now. Not all
models though are fitted with a tilt safety shut-off. This device
will cut the supply of gas should the heater lean/tip over. It is
unadvisable to situate garden patio heaters on a slope, they should be
placed on firm, level ground. But should someone try to move the
heater when it's lit then the tilt switch will cut the gas supply.
Stainless steel is the most popular finish - for the lazy gardener this
is the best option. Stainless steel can be left outside without fear of
rust or corrosion to spoil the look. Powder coated models are available
in a variety of colours and should be protected by using a full length
cover. This will keep the worst of the weather off and prevent fading,
scratches, and the potential for rust. The third alternative is
hammered finish, this will weather well and can be obtained in various