By Evangeline Espinoza. Patio. Published at Thursday, August 31st, 2017 - 03:38:10 AM.
How To Choose The Right Patio Heater: In this article, I will only cover a small amount of the vast information available for a patio heater. One of the first things to consider is the area you are desiring to keep warm on those fall evenings. If you are in a condo or an apartment with just a small patio area to provide heat, maybe a table top patio heater is the right ticket. If your patio covers several hundred square feet, then you might even have to have more than one larger patio heater. Or just maybe, it’s just you and you like to read a book before bedtime and only need heat right where you sit in that all-weather wicker rocker, then think about a directional patio heater. So the first choice you need to make, is how big an area do you need to heat.
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9\" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
Another type of patio heater uses natural gas. This is ideal because it probably will be the cheapest to operate and you don’t have to worry about it running out of fuel, that is unless there is a major earthquake near you and gas lines erupt. Of course, if that’s the case, running your patio heater is not the main concern then, or at least I hope it’s not. But then, if you make the choice to go with a natural gas operated patio heater, you lose the flexibility of placing the heater at different places depending on a particular function.
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