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8 Patio Heaters That Will Keep You Warm This Fall

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As much as we hate to admit it, it’s that time of year again, and the nights are getting cooler. If you don’t want to deal with the maintenance of a fire pit, but before you move everyone inside, there are great patio heater options out there for you to keep everyone warm while enjoying the outdoors. Here are the best outdoor heaters for 2021.

Amazon Basics 46,000 BTU Outdoor Propane Patio Heater

Amazon Basics 46,000 BTU Outdoor Propane Patio Heater

This propane patio heater from Amazon Basics heats up to a nine-foot radius, perfect for outdoor gatherings on chilly fall and winter nights. Made with aluminum, sturdy plastic, and rugged steel with a durable powder-coated finish, it will withstand harsher outdoor weather. Conveniences include easy push-button start up, a safety auto shut off tilt valve, and wheels for easy portability. Uses a 20-pound Propane tank. Available in seven colors. 

Briza Infrared Patio Heater

Briza Infrared Patio Heater

If you don’t want to bother with propane, infrared is a great alternative. This infrared patio heater can be used either with the tripod stand, or mounted directly onto a wall. Its safety features include a protective metal sheath covering the heating elements, to reduce the risk of the possibility of burns, and has a built-in sensor that will automatically shut the heater off if it is tipped over. It is durable enough to withstand harsh elements,  has a built-in timer, and a remote control for easy temperature control.  

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Vistano® Rectangle Aluminum Slat Fire Table

Vistano® Rectangle Aluminum Slat Fire Table

Heating up to 40,000 BTUs, this fire table is a stylish way to keep warm while enjoying colder nights on your patio.  The table has glass shields to protect people from accidental burns, there is an easy access door for the propane tank, the frame and table top are made with a powder-coated aluminum, ensuring it will last any weather that comes its way. 

1500 Watt Electric Hanging Patio Heater

1500 Watt Electric Hanging Patio Heater

This hanging patio heater is perfect for smaller spaces, or when you know everyone will be gathering around a table or seating area. Waterproof, and electric, the infrared rays will keep you warm and toasty without sacrificing space.  Make sure you have an outdoor electrical outlet so you can plug it in!

PAMAPIC 42,000 BTU Pyramid Flame Patio Heater

PAMAPIC 42,000 BTU Pyramid Flame Patio Heater

A slightly more polished look than the typical stand patio heaters, this pyramid style patio heater uses a twenty pound propane tank, and features a glass flame tube.  The pulse ignition system ensures easy start up, and has a control valve for easy temperature regulation. It includes a cover for rain and snow, but should be secured during windier weather conditions.  It is the perfect outdoor heat source for any patio.

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Q-Flame 79 in. 106,000 BTU Wood Pellet Outdoor Heater

Q-Flame 79 in. 106,000 BTU Wood Pellet Outdoor Heater

This carbon neutral wood pellet heater produces three times the amount of heat than similar propane heaters. A forty pound bag of wood pellets have a six-eight hour burn time, and the heat is so powerful, you can put it at the edge of your patio to heat the entire space. The wood pellets mean it is carbon neutral, so this is a great choice for more environmentally conscious folks.  Your outdoor space will never be warmer.

Living Accents Tabletop Propane Steel Patio Heater

Living Accents Tabletop Propane Steel Patio Heater

For more intimate gatherings around a table, try this tabletop propane heater. Using a simple one-pound propane tank, it has a 10,000 BTU heating output, and a protective screen shield. It has a push and turn ignition and an anti tilt switch for added safety. 

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1,500 Watt Infrared Heat Outdoor Heat Lamp

1,500 Watt Infrared Heat Outdoor Heat Lamp

If you don’t want to be bothered with propane tanks, this tabletop electric heater will do the trick. Heating up to twelve square feet, it has a pull string switch for easy turn on, and heats at one setting. Perfect for smaller gatherings around your outdoor table, it has a safety shut off, and will keep you warm and cozy during cooler weather. 

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