Portable patio heaters let you enjoy the ambiance of your patio or outdoor space even in cold months. There are 2 main types of outdoor heaters: electric- and gasoline-fueled. Outdoor heaters usually heat using kerosene, natural gas, or propane and feature poles that measure from 3 to 7 feet high. Electric patio heaters, on the other hand, require only an electrical outlet and minor assembly. Most models feature safety controls like tilt protection switches, open flame controls, emergency shutoff valves, and more.
These electric patio heaters use halogen heating bulbs to warm your space and some models can be placed on a tabletop for cozy patio dining. Generally, you can expect an outdoor electric heater to warm a 20-foot-diameter area about 10 degrees.