Outdoor Propane Patio Heater
When you are looking at propane home heaters for the cooler weather, the Mainstays outdoor propane patio heater should be on your list. This simple tall heater will let you use your outdoor space in the cooler weather. The propane will burn clean and not leave you a mess when you go back inside.
Now lets look at the details.
Product: Mainstays Propane Patio Heater
Price when article was written:$104
Where to get for the best price online:Walmart.com
What do you get in the box
This is a 40,000 BTU heater with an adjustable flame. The dome shaped to will direct the heat in a downward direction. The 20 pound propane tank will be easy to install with the bottom of the unit lifting up. You can rest the bottom on the supports to put the tank in .
Safety features will include a anti-tilt to shut off the gas flow if the unit is not upright and a thermocouple that will keep the gas from flowing when the flame is not lit.
If you wish to move your heater, make sure it is turned off, the small wheels will let you move on most solid surfaces with ease.
Your assembled heater will be 86.6 inches tall and 31.5 inches across at the top of the heater.
Shipping box is 18.25 inches tall, 18.25 inches wide and 28.5 inches long. It will weigh 56 pounds without the propane tank.
Use of your Propane heater
Lighting the heater will take a few steps. First lift the bottom of the heater so that you can turn on the propane tank. Then turn the adjusting knob to the ignite position, marked with a lightning bolt on the knob, and push in. Some customers have used a long lighter when the ignition did not work.
Customers have stated that they get 10 to 12 hours of heat with each 20 pound propane tank on high. If you run at a lower setting you could get much longer service out of each tank of fuel.
Easy to replace propane tank
Will heat a large area that does not get a lot of wind
Heavy base will keep heater stable
Has small wheels to make mobile
Should not use in an enclosed area
Some customers found it hard to light the first time
Assembly will take two people or a ladder to get to the top
When looking for heating solutions for your patio the Mainstays outdoor propane patio heater will be on the top of your list if you are looking for a low priced option. This heater may not have all of the bells and whistles of the more expensive heaters, it just functions well and provides good heat. This would be my choice for a heater that does not get used everyday, most people only use their patio heater several times a year, why would you pay $400 for some thing that you hardly use.
If you would prefer a table top heater look at my information here. There area great looking electric table top heaters for your patio area.
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I love outdoor spaces and I want to extend the time I spend outdoors here in the Northeast. Our firepit doesn’t cut it for heating a larger area and I don’t want to spend the money for a large outdoor heater. Thank you for the review on this more affordable option!
This example will not put a big dent in the pocket book. With the cost of a propane tank you could have heat most of a weekend.
Thanks for the article. I often go camping with my friends and at night, it becomes very cold for us to enjoy the stars. I think that the Propane heater could come in handy here. What do you think of it?
For camping I would rather have a more portable model. Look at some of the smaller heaters, just do not use them inside a tent or other sleeping area, as they will produce some bad air or could cause a major fire hazard.
I found your article very interesting. I was looking for a patio heater a couple weeks ago and I think I will consider this one for the price and specs it provides. But I was wondering if it could cause problem because it would be at 4 or 5 feet of my veranda roof? It’s not a close area but it’s a wood patio of about 8’x10′. Thanks for the help 🙂
Although the heat shield will direct the heat downward, you will have to be careful because heat will still rise. Each situation will be different. The four or five feet of space seams like it could be enough.