Gas patio heaters are a great way to extend the usable time on your patio for extra days or even weeks each year. If you and your guests are comfortable sitting outdoors to eat food from the grill, it’s a totally different feel that more formal indoor dining. When fall months lead to early darkness, it can sometimes be cool enough that it’s no longer pleasant to just sit and chat. When you take advantage of gas patio heaters, it doesn’t take much heat to make your guests comfortable on the patio.
Your great outdoors time can begin earlier in the spring months too. Sometimes the mornings are still cool, but it would be nice to sit outdoors for that morning cup of coffee. You can fire up the gas heater and linger over a warm croissant or cinnamon roll while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.
Most patios are an extension to indoor living space. If you can’t use your full outdoor room, the indoor space feels more limited. If your patio is more like a partially enclosed outdoor room, a small patio heater makes the space quite comfortable for relaxing and entertaining as well.
There are several nice features using a gas heater as opposed to electric heaters or other types. A heater fueled by gas never blows smoke at you to make your eyes water and the smell of smoke permeate your clothing. This makes it preferable gas heaters to a wood heater. Because a gas heater has no residue from burning materials, you never have to empty ashes or clean a chimney. Sparks from burning embers are never a problem with gas heaters.
Gas units produces heat very quickly. You don’t need lighter fluid or kindling or paper to get a fire started. There is no waiting for the flames to catch larger pieces of wood. With the gas unit, a pilot light is all that is needed to have the area warmed up in no time.
You never need to worry about finding and storing wood to use for fuel in you have a natural gas heater for your patio. Wood storage takes room, is dirty to handle and can leave slivers in your hands. If you have been using propane, you know how heavy the tanks can be to carry down to the dealer for refilling. You also know that it’s inconvenient to run out of propane in the middle of a conversation and have to go switch out propane tanks.
There is one disadvantage to using a gas heater on your patio rather than wood or propane. Gas heaters are less portable than propane. This can be fairly easily overcome by having more than one gas connection on your patio. When needed, you can simply move the heater to a different connection and be ready to go again.
A gas patio heater adds an attractive element to your patio furnishings. The units are discrete and provide several weeks of additional comfort to your outdoor living space each year. They are small enough to be used on decks and porches as well.