Though incredible strides have been made to stabilize the current public health crisis, the pandemic is far from over. For many parts of the country, outdoor dining is still the only option for safe, socially distanced gathering.
With this in mind, we at the Inventory have put together a list of some of the best outdoor heaters in the game. Whether you’re shopping for a restaurant or your very own patio, we’ve got you covered.
Best for Restaurants: Frontgate Commercial Patio Heater
Here’s a great option for restaurants and other socially-distanced commercial spaces, if you need something sizable and seriously powerful. Frontgate’s commercial patio heater pumps out 46,000 BTUs of heat via a Piezo igniter system and uses stainless steel burners and a double mantle heating grid. It’s pricier than the Member’s Mark model but could be better suited for your space and needs.
Best Year-Round: Tacklife Propane Fire Pit
Providing a safe and warm bonfire experience, the Tacklife 28-inch outdoor fire table uses propane fuel to provide a stable and green burning fire. This product is also fashionable enough that when you cover the lid it can be converted into a casual outdoor dining table or coffee table. The bottom steel panels have a wicker look that is guaranteed to fit seamlessly with the rest of your outdoor furniture. It also comes with an automatic ignition device to control the fire while maintaining its satisfying temperature.
Best Portable Outdoor Propane Heater: Mr. Heater 3800
Compact but powerful, the Mr. Heater Little Buddy (2 Pack) packs 3800 BTU of heat. This pair is ideal for everything from campfires to patios, decks, and fishing. They can heat any space up to 100 square feet and used a one-pound disposable propane tank as a source for fuel. Their design directs heat at a 45-degree angle, so you get heat right where you need it.
Best Tabletop Fireplace: Regal Flame Utopia Ventless
Able to be used both indoors and outdoors, the Regal Flame tabletop fireplace can be a great substitute for a wood-burning fireplace. The flame is directed at a 360-degree angle and projects fire on two sides, rather than just one. This product produces 2,000 BTU, which can warm a room of up to 250 square feet. As a bonus, this fireplace does not require a vent at all. And if you decide to use this product outside, its fuel can be mixed with citronella oil to repel insects and mosquitos.
Best Heater for Outdoor Porch: Briza Infrared 1500W
The Briza Infrared Patio Heater - Electric Patio Heater is a great investment for your outdoor heating needs. This product can be easily mounted to the ceiling or wall of your patio just as well as it could be to its tripod stand. With carbon infrared technology, this heater produces infrared rays that are easily absorbed by surface areas, thus raising the ambient temperature. The tripod stands’ adjustable legs extend far out, providing a stable base that eliminates the need for sandbags. It also has three options for heat settings, including 900W, 1200W, and 1500W.
Best Pyramid Heater: Thermo Tiki Propane Outdoor Patio Heater
Standing at 7'6" tall, this stylish propane gas heater is commercial quality, radiating warmth from a ceramic-glass heating column with a 38,000 BTU output. This heater also comes with a built-in safety valve that will automatically shut off the fuel supply if the unit is tilted or tipped. Crafted with convenience in mind, this product includes wheels for easy transport and storage. While all required accessories are included in the box, be sure to purchase your own 20-pound propane tank and fuel in order for the item to be fully operational.
Best Outdoor Dog Heater: Akoma Dog House Furnace
This pet furnace is designed to heat up to 300 Watts and can adjust from 30°F to 1o0°F. It can heat up to a 75 cubic foot dog house but also works great for smaller cat and dog houses. Note that this furnace doesn’t have any sharp edges that will hurt your pet and also has a heat shield for added protection.
This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 10/06/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 02/11/2021.