How to Decide: Patio Heater vs Fire Pit

When looking for a way to keep your guests or customers warm and cozy, while enjoying your outdoor space, there are two main options: patio heaters and fire pits. As temperatures drop, having an outdoor heating source means you can stay outside longer without having a built-in fireplace or digging an expensive firepit. Even on chilly summer evenings, you will love having something to keep away the chill or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

How do you know if a patio heater or if a fire pit is right for you? Use our guide to help you decide which heat source is more your style. Your patio or backyard will seem like a whole new space!

Patio Heaters

93'' Exige Stainless Steel Deluxe Patio Heater

The 93” Exige Stainless Steel Deluxe Patio Heater

Commonly used to heat outdoor seating sections of restaurants, patio heaters are capable of heating a large area with the use of propane fuel or electricity. If you spend lots of time outdoors, patio heaters may be perfect for you. Children and pets are safe with pole style heaters and there are no flying sparks or embers. Patio heaters are low maintenance and heat quickly. Yes, they really work and provide plenty of heat!
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Do Patio Heaters Really Work?

Whether you want to grill year-round or you cherish your daily cup of tea on the deck, a good patio heater can be the deciding factor between a Siberian climate and serene. But, you’re skeptical. “Do patio heaters really work?” We’re here to tell you that they do. How they work, however, depends on the different types and sizes available to you.

Patio Heater Close Up

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White House Biloxi poolside fire pits

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Practical Heating Solutions for RV’s: Electric Heaters for RV’s

Learn how you use Electric Heaters for RV’s to create your home away from home. Many couples enjoy living a life on the run; the Road-trip lifestyle. Nothing but open and free pavement, enjoying the Earth and seeing what the world has to offer. While exploring the farthest corners, you can stay warm with an electric heating element that is perfect for your on the go lifestyle.

Electric Heaters RVS

The 25″ Duraflame Stove Electric Fireplace. Only $279.00 from Portable

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Patio Heater Buying Guide I Portable

Read this Patio Heater Buying Guide to learn everything you need to know to purchase the right patio heater for your home or business. Gas and electric are the most common types of patio heaters with gas being the more popular of the two. This page will give you a complete understanding on fuel types, materials, and answer frequently asked questions.

Patio Heater Buying Guide

The Complete Patio Heater Buying Guide from!

Table of Contents

  1. How do Patio Heaters Work
  2. Types of Fuel Patio Heaters Use
  3. Types of Patio Heaters
  4. Determining What Size Patio Heater You Need
  5. Reflector Size and Shape
  6. Patio Heater Weight
  7. Materials
  8. What Type of Warranty to Look For
  9. How Many BTU’s Do I Need for My Patio Heater
  10. How Many Watts Do I Need for My Patio Heater
  11. Safety Features to Look For
  12. Patio Heater Assembly
  13. What About Maintenance and Cleaning

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5 Simple Fire Pit Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

When you think of fire pits, you instantly think of being huddled around a fire under the night sky with s’mores and good friends. The truth is, safety is often our last concern. This shouldn’t be the case and we all know it.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

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Before the Summer season kicks off, make sure you follow these fire pit safety tips to make sure that your family is protected and out of harms way. Remember, it only takes one floating ember to spark a wild-fire!

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How to Burn Responsibly – Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips

Summer weather means one thing and one thing only; time to break out the grill and make some s’mores! Enjoying a glowing fire outside can be fun! You can even learn how you can add a few ingredients found at the grocery store to make colored flames!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s review safe outdoor grilling and bon fire procedures to keep you and your family safe. The CPSC recently recalled this outdoor fire pit so make sure you check if your model was affected if you shopped at Christmas Tree Shops.

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Outdoor Grilling Statistics

The statistics below will raise an eye-brow about the dangers associated with outdoor grilling. No, I’m not suggesting we hide inside, only that we grill responsibly!

National Fire Protection Association Statistic:

  • 27% of house fires originated from outdoor grills in the courtyard, terrace, or patio.
  • 43% of fires caused by outdoor grills at home were a result of outdoor gas grills.
  • 29% of gas grill structure fires started when a flammable/combustible gas or liquid caught fire.

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Patio Heaters Warm Up the Night

Ever wish that you could change the weather? Well you can with a simple patio heater! You may have noticed heating units at luxury restaurants, hotel lofts, and other outdoor venues. Patio heaters allow you to enjoy the evening without having to worry about cold weather, wind, or bringing an extra jacket.

If you’re skeptical about the amount of heat these patio heaters provide, try for yourself. Stand around a warm patio heater for just a few seconds and you will know that they provide ample heat for a toasty backyard bash! Here are some of the different styles of patio heaters that you may find suitable for your application.

Stainless Steel Patio Heaters

Stainless steel is among the most durable metals used for home furnishing. To top it off, the stylish finish is visually enticing and easy to clean. Patio heaters can update your deck with a modern look that will revitalize your backyard.

Pictured below is the 89” Lotus Stainless Steel Commercial Patio Heater. Weighing just over 45 pounds, the Lotus Patio heater packs a real punch. This stainless steel patio heater boasts a 46,000 BTU heating capacity. To put this in context, a normal house requires 20,000-25,000 BTU’s. Stainless steel patio heaters are the best way to go if you are deciding based on heating capacity.

Sonora Lotus Stainless Steel Commercial Patio Heater

The 89” Lotus Stainless Steel Commercial Patio Heater from Sonora. More info. is your source for indoor and outdoor heaters. Visit our Outdoor Heaters section to find the perfect solution for your patio deck!
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Is an Outdoor Fireplace Right for You?

An outdoor fireplace adds to the overall beauty and maximum use of your pool area, patio, or backyard. You can go for the modern gel, gas, or electric fireplace models, or opt for the traditional fireplace that burns wood. Both will offer a unique charm and vibrancy to your outdoors.


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