Outdoor Heaters for Cozy Backyard Dining

Don’t let cooler weather stop you from entertaining outside.

friends enjoying an outdoor rooftop dinner party
Stay cozy when you round up all your friends for an outdoor dinner party.Pexels

A patio, balcony, rooftop or garden can feel like your home’s got an additional room. With an outdoor heater, it’s a room you can use all year round! From heat output to fuel, here’s what you need to know.

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black

On-The-Go Warmth

This gas-fuelled gadget is easy to transport and can be used outside and in for spaces up to 225 square feet.Mr. Heater

The heat output of an outdoor heater is usually measured in BTU. This stands for British Thermal Unit—although is also used in the USA. Most outdoor heaters have an output that ranges from around 5,000BTU to over 40,000BTU and, as you might expect, the higher the output, the larger the space the heater can effectively warm.

Mr. Heater Corporation MH18B Portable Propane Heater, Red

Adjustable Output

With between 4,000 and 18,000 BTUs and a battery to distribute warmth more efficiently, this compact solution can be used indoors and out.Mr. Heater

The type of heater that you get will depend on the space that you have available to you and your needs. Many commercial spaces will use umbrella style heaters because the heating element is safely away from customers, but for smaller spaces and home use, you might find it more economical to use a floor-level heater.

Sunjoy A306006403 Avanti Heater, Silver


Powered with a propane gas cylinder, with wheels at the bottom so it can be transported anywhere in the backyard.Sunjoy

Most outdoor heaters run from propane cylinders that are not usually supplied with the heater and have to be purchased separately. They’re connected to your heater via a regulator and tube that is usually supplied, but you should always consult the manual that comes with your heater to ensure that you’re using the correct regulator and fuel supply for the heater.