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As the temperatures continue to drop, many of us are lamenting the end of patio season and the ability to gather with friends from a distance outdoors. However, others are taking a page from the restaurant world and opting to buy their own patio and space heaters so that they can comfortably gather with loved ones in their backyard or garage (at a safe distance, of course).
If you’re looking to create your own cozy space to host a socially-distanced visit, there are a few things you should remember to keep both you and your guests safe.
Propane heaters are for outdoor use only
Propane heaters are incredibly popular right now, but can also be incredibly dangerous if not used correctly. Never bring a propane patio heater into your garage, since they’re highly flammable and emit carbon monoxide, nitric oxide. and nitrogen dioxide - which can be fatal.
If you’re looking to create a hang-out space in your garage, opt for a space heater designed specifically for a garage. It’s safer!
Do not leave your propane patio heater outside in bad weather
Storing your patio heater is key to staying safe. You should not leave your propane patio heater outside in the rain or snow. Follow the safety and storage instructions on your specific model of heater - and be sure to keep all propane heaters at least four feet away from anything potentially combustable.
Below, we’ve gathered some patio and space heaters to help you stay connected to the ones you love from a safe (and cozy) distance.
This 10,000 BTU tabletop heater has a heating radius of 3ft - allowing you to easily extend your patio season.
SHOP IT: Home Depot, $129
This portable fire pit has an output of 58,000 BTUs - and can be set up quickly and easily for guests.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $200
This compact heater is perfect for the heating the garage - and comes with a two year warranty.
SHOP IT: Rona, $119
This infrared heater is perfect for small spaces - including your garage or even your home.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $165
This garage-safe heater provides 16,380 BTUs - enough to heat up to 400 sq. ft.
SHOP IT: Home Depot, $99
These wall mounted heaters are a great alternative to propane - and can be used inside the garage safely.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $282
This indoor/outdoor heater doesn’t require any propane and therefore doesn’t release any carbon monoxide.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $187
This outdoor propane heater has an impressive output of 41000BTU, enough to keep you and your family comfortable outdoors on a chilly night.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $365
You can have heat within three seconds thanks to this easy to assemble and easy to use space heater with overheat protection.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $230
These sleek patio heaters definitely make a statement on any patio while delivering an output of 42,000 BTUs.
SHOP IT: EBay, $601