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During the summer months there is nothing quite like spending an evening on the patio.
However, even during the warmer months of the year the nights can become rather chilly.
In fact, one of the main constraints to spending time in the garden is those chilly evenings.
This can be rather frustrating especially is it is a warm and sunny spring day! After months of long winter darkness and months cooped up inside all we want is to just get outside!
One of the best ways we can do this is with a garden heater! These can actually help you get the most outside your garden space.
Garden heaters enable you to extend the gardens seasonal usage boosting temperatures in the early evening.
This means more quality time with family and friends and generally enjoying the outside. There are so many effective garden heaters on the market today.
It can actually be quite surprising just how much they can warm up a space. This is especially so if you have a sheltered spot or design for a microclimate.
Hence with garden heaters in mind we have found 10 of our favourite models on the market.
Don’t suffer the chill and sacrifice time outside this season! Start looking for some effective garden heaters today!
Gas Vs. Electric Garden Heaters: Which is Better?
Backyard heaters need a source of power in order to provide heat to your garden.
You can choose between gas and electric heaters when looking for the perfect source of warmth for your patio.
Both types of heaters have their advantages and disadvantages to consider. We have set out some of these below so you can make an informed choice.
Gas Garden Heaters
Gas heaters can be powered by propane or pure natural gas, which is easy to obtain at any hardware store. Some of the pros and cons of gas heaters include:
You might find electric garden heaters more convenient and useful if you have a smaller garden space.
Many people are weary when it comes to gas bottles and naked flames. Hence electric heaters could be better for you, let’s look at some pros and cons:
Both types of garden heaters have their benefits and drawbacks depending on what you are looking to get out of an outside space.
What outdoor heaters put out the most heat?
Generally propane and gas heaters can put out the most heat and have adjustable knobs to turn up the burn frequency.
Gas heaters produce more heat than electric heaters but do not underestimate external factors such as microclimate, heat absorption and radiation.
For example clay log burner heaters can gradually heat up the thermal mass of the subject. This leads to an extended and prolonged heating effect which can out heat a gas heaters output alone.
Any heater which is positioned correctly in an enclosed courtyard can be more effective than a more powerful patio heater.
Furthermore stone and masonry walls slowly heat up and release heat slowly. This can greatly improve the effectiveness of any garden heater.
Therefore it is important to recognise no matter what patio heater you use its the strategic positioning which counts.
Enclosed patios, stone materials and wind screens will all make outdoor heaters work more effectively.
Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.