Many people wonder if patio heaters use too much gas or electricity to keep the space warm.
Here’s what I found out after using a patio heater for 6 years:
A typical propane patio heater contains a 20lb propane tank, which is equivalent to about 4.7 gallons of fuel. This 20lb propane heater can last 10 – 12 hours, and the average cost ranges from $13 – $25 to fill up. An average 40,000 BTU patio heater usually cost about $1.70 – $1.90/hour to use.
When you are out on your patio, you will find that it does get quite chilly after around ten o’clock at night.
You may be tempted to run inside to get a sweater or blanket, but you shouldn’t do that! It’s much better to stay out on your patio and enjoy the warmth that the gas fire provides.
A gas patio heater works very well. It heats the entire space quickly and thoroughly. Most people find it difficult to switch the heater on or off in the middle of the night.
However, you can easily do that by simply unplugging the unit and moving it to a different location.
You will need to locate a place on the patio where there is an adequate gas line, and then run the new line from the gas tank.
How much power is required?
Before you buy a patio heater, you should ask yourself a few questions. How much power do you need from the gas supply? Is the space in your yard large enough for your new patio heater?
The type of fuel that your heater uses is also important to know. Your choice of fuel will depend on your needs and the availability of that fuel. If you live in a cold area, then using natural gas would probably be your best option.
However, if you live in an area that is usually warm enough to use propane, then using propane gas would be more convenient. You must make sure that you are aware of all of the fuel requirements for your propane gas tank.
How much heat does your heater require per hour?
This will help you determine how many hours of intense heating you will be able to get out of your heater.
Do you plan on putting your heater in a room that you spend a lot of time in or one that is less frequently used? If so, then you will want a heater that has a high maximum temperature.
Knowing how much power your patio heater uses is also important because this will allow you to figure out how much you can expect to pay for your new heater.
If your gas line is not long enough, then you will have to get a gas line from somewhere else to operate your patio heater.
If this is going to cost more than your patio heater is worth, then you may want to consider a different model. However, if you are looking for a gas patio heater that will give you a lot of intense heat, then you should look for a gas patio heater.
How long will a patio heater run on propane?
There is a lot of concern about energy costs these days and everyone want to save money. Many people wonder how long a propane gas patio heater will last.
I would like to answer that question with a simple, “it depends.” Depending on how you use your patio heater, there will be a difference in the life span of the appliance.
What you need to know about Propane gas heaters
The main thing to know about propane gas heaters is that they do not use the same fuel as standard, wood-burning fireplaces.
When you put a propane fireplace in an existing structure, you have to make sure it matches the natural gas service in your area.
If not, the fireplace may actually blow air into the structure, resulting in an increase in fuel consumption. With a standard wood burning fireplace, the combustion of the fuel will bring more oxygen into the room and this will keep the flames small and minimize ash production.
Propane burners come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate different outdoor terrains. If you live in a cold climate where ice forms in the winter, you might want to choose a small propane gas burner with a larger flame.
Bigger burners provide better control over the direction of the flame and, if left unattended, can cause the fire to spread so quickly that it results in smoke being blown into the air. Always use caution around small children and pets when using propane gas burners.
The availability of fuel in your area
The price of propane gas is increasing along with oil prices so you will need to budget for an additional investment to purchase one of the more fuel efficient burners.
It’s usually fairly easy to find retailers that offer good deals on burners at the right price. Look for manufacturers that offer warranties on their products and make sure that they are compatible with your existing heating system.
How long will a patio heater run on propane? This is something you will have to test to see. Some models have a very long maximum temperature capability, while others are only rated to a low heat output.
Be aware that the manufacturer does not guarantee any kind of performance. Heating systems, like most devices, occasionally wear out and need to be repaired. You should consider purchasing a new patio heater rather than repairing the old one.
The last question you might have is about noise. How noisy is the propane gas burner? All but the smallest models are fairly quiet.
Some portable units are designed to be as quiet as possible.
You should test it before purchasing the unit so you know exactly what noise levels it generates. Smaller patio heaters are usually equipped with a setting to turn off noisy operation.
Do patio heaters use a lot of gas?
Many people think that patio heaters use a lot of gas or electricity to function. A gas patio heater runs off of propane gas so it is actually using only natural gas.
An electric patio heater uses electricity and it runs off of a battery. These types of heaters will not generate as much warmth as a gas-powered one, but they are still better than sitting in the cold.
You can actually find a gas patio heater that does not use any gas at all.
This type of heater operates on electricity and it will cost you a little bit more. However, if you want to have a gas-free heater then this could be a good option for you. Not only is it more affordable, it also heats your house better than other models.
However, you should keep in mind that there are some models of gas patio heaters that will not function well in windy weather.
These models will shut down if there is too much wind. So before you purchase this type of patio heater, make sure that you get one that is made to withstand wind. Otherwise you are wasting your money.
One thing to keep in mind is that a gas patio heater is going to use a great deal of electricity. If you are using a gas-powered heater, then this means that you are going to be paying a higher monthly bill.
If you are using an electric model then you are likely not going to have a large electric bill.
The reason for this is that when you are using gas to power your heater, you are burning gas which is hot. When you are using electricity you are burning something that is cooler such as gas or electricity.
Do I need a professional installation?
Some people think that when they purchase a gas-powered patio heater, then they can install it on their own. However, there are some things that you need to be aware of before you try to install a gas patio heater on your own.
In particular, the regular gas that you will be putting into the heater must be vented properly. If it is not vented properly then you will likely experience some leaking and that can be very dangerous.
Does a gas patio heater cost more to run than an electric model?
If you compare the operating costs of a gas patio heater with that of an electric model then you are going to find that gas models cost a little more to run.
In the long run you are going to see that it actually costs less to operate the gas patio heater because you will use less energy to power it.
Also, if you have multiple models, you may find that the cost of operation for each model is different than the cost of operation for one model.