Make The Most Out of Your Time Outside This Season with These Affordable Outdoor Space Heaters

published Nov 1, 2021
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With temperatures finally dropping, many of us are looking to extend our time outdoors well into the winter season. So, it’s no surprise to see people getting creative with outfitting their outdoor spaces for use during the cooler months of the year. With the right equipment, you can keep enjoying al fresco wine nights, outdoor dining, and patio hangs long into the season. An outdoor space heater can keep your backyard, patio, or terrace nice and cozy even when temps are low. They can be a bit of an investment, but if you love your outdoor time, they’re totally worth it, and with so many options, you can actually score a great heater for under $200. We rounded up some of our favorites in various styles and price points to help you find one that suits your space’s aesthetic and your bank’s bottom dollar. Check them out below.

Note: You’ll see the term BTU a lot below. That stands for British Thermal Unit, which is used to measure heat output. The higher a heater’s BTU, the more heat it emits. If you have a large patio or just like to keep things toasty, go for a heater with a BTU around 30,000 or higher.

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Stay cozy without sacrificing style with this sleek stainless steel heater, which is similar to what you find at restaurants and definitely a quality pick. Producing 48,000 BTUs, it can easily keep a 200-square-foot space warm all evening long. Reviewers note that it’s super simple to assemble, which is a plus, and thanks to that durable stainless steel construction, it’ll hold up to heavy outdoor use with no problem.

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If you’re looking for something you can tuck away to keep your patio’s aesthetic clean and curated, consider this long, slim heater. It comes with wall and ceiling mounting brackets for easy, out-of-sight installation and a remote control that lets you power it on and off in seconds. Three heat settings — 900, 1,200, and 1,500 watts — let you turn things up as needed, and its weather-proof, anodized aluminum means you won’t have to replace this piece anytime soon.

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Need something you can easily move around? This small but mighty space heater is set on wheels for maximum mobility. Producing up to 18,000 BTUs, it can warm spaces up to 450 square feet, and if you need less heat, there are two lower settings. It runs on propane, which you mount inside the cabinet, so it’s especially ideal for anyone who doesn’t have outdoor outlets or just doesn’t want a mess of cords.

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This tabletop fire pit is the way to dine al fresco without freezing this fall. The “firebowl” mounts to your table through the umbrella hole. Run the gas hose through the hole, hook it up to a propane tank, then get the party started with just the push of a button! Lava glass keeps the flames contained while putting them on full, flickering display. And don’t be fooled by the pretty appearance: This small appliance can put out 40,000 BTUs, so you’ll stay plenty warm while you chow down.

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Tiny patio? No big deal! This compact portable heater fits almost anywhere and provides 360 degrees of warmth all night long. It may be small, but it produces up to 10,000 BTUs, so it’ll keep your 450-square-foot space comfortably toasty. You don’t need batteries or electricity — just hook it up to a propane tank and go.

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This heater is a little more expensive than the others, but if style’s what you’re after, this is for you. It brings just as much form as it does function with its tall, pyramid-style design that looks super-sleek while emitting heat (and a party-perfect glow) in every direction. It’s propane-powered and produces 40,000 BTUs, plus, it comes with wheels so you can easily move it around to fit your setup.

Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting. 

This article originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it here: Make The Most Out of Your Time Outside This Winter with These Affordable Outdoor Space Heaters