Fire Pit and Patio Heater Buying Guide
Discover the warmth of fire pits this season. Learn about the different types of patio heaters, gas and propane units, outdoor fire pit accessories, and more! Whether you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor heaters or want to add one to your outdoor living space, find out everything you need to know in our buying guide.
Stay Warm This Summer
- Does not produce smoke
- Less maintenance and no ash to deal with
- Faster heating time
- Easier to use in inclement weather
- More affordable fuel
- Needs a tank or a gas line connection
- Not portable
- Less heat
- Not for cooking
- Easier to set up
- More portable
- Greater heat
- Can be used for grilling
- More smoke
- Slower to heat up
- Regular cleaning and maintenance needed
- Can be harder to use in harsh weather
- Wood may be pricey, particularly in urban areas
All About BTUs
BTUs are British Thermal Units and measure the amount of heat that is required to raise the temperature. When buying your patio heater, you’ll want to pay attention to BTUs in relation to the size of your outdoor space. The more BTUs, the more surface area the patio heater can heat.
|Area in Square Feet (sq. ft.)||Recommended BTUs|
|100 - 500 sq. ft.||5000|
|150 - 250 sq. ft.||6000|
|250 - 300 sq. ft.||7000|
|300 - 350 sq. ft.||8000|
|350 - 400 sq. ft.||9000|
|400 - 450 sq. ft.||10000|
|450 - 550 sq. ft.||12000|
Add Fuel to the Fire
There are many ways to fuel your fire pit or outdoor fireplace:
- Natural Gas
Always remember to keep any open flame away from combustible materials and at a safe distance from you and your guests. They should be at least 10’ away from any structure or neighbouring yard. Fire pits and fireplaces shouldn’t be used in covered areas, like under gazebos or covered porches. Always place your fire pit on a non-flammable surface.
Note: Remember to research municipal bylaws before purchasing your fire pit or patio heater.
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