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Using Patio Heaters in Landscape Design

Last month we talked about Using Fire Pits and Chiminea in your backyard or patio area, but if you don't want an open flame or you want something cleaner burning to keep you warm as you sit outside on a chilly night, then a patio heater may be just the ticket for you.

They can run either on propane or electricity and come in many different styles such as:

Table top
Pole mounted
Wall mounted
Umbrella mounted

All have variable prices ranging from $100 to $400 or more for commercial grade products.

They also come in many different finishes such as:

Stainless steel
and Black powder coated just to name a few.

You also have your choice of how large an area you want to heat. The more inexpensive ones will heat a 4 to 5 foot (1.2 to 1.5 m) area, the mid-priced ones from 9 to 12 feet (3 to 4 m), with higher priced models heating to 20 feet (6 m) or more.

If you do decide to get one of the larger models, don't worry about how much it might weigh because all standard patio heaters come with built in wheels for easy mobility.

To give you an idea of the variety available here are just a few:

Infrared Patio Heaters
These can come mounted on a pole, in a standard upright, mounted under a patio umbrella, or wall mounted.

Most operate at 90% heating efficiency, put out no UV rays, have silent operation, run on regular household electricity and are substantially less expensive to operate than propane patio heaters.

They heat up to a 9 foot (3 m) or more radius, and they can be used indoors or out, and have wheels for easy mobility.

Standard Propane Patio Heaters
These come in many different styles, finishes, and price ranges.

They can produce up to 40,000 BTU’s, they typically use a standard 20 lb.(9 kg) propane tank which gives you about 10 hours of heat and have wheels for easy mobility.

You can choose just about any style or finish to accent and enhance your patio décor. Most heat up to 18 feet (5.5 m), have electric ignition systems, and a safety auto shut off valve.

The bases are normally weighted to give extra stability.

Table Top Patio Heaters
These come in both propane and infrared styles, and with several finishes and price ranges.

Table top patio heaters are great for outdoor use because they give off warmth and ambience to your outdoor setting.

They can raise the temperature around the table area by 10 to 25 degrees and can produce up to 10,000 BTU's.

They have easy igniter systems and the propane models use a standard 1 lb. (.5 kg) propane tank which gives you about 3 hours of heat.

They also come with an auto shut off valve, and are very lightweight and portable.


So if you want something portable, and want lots of choices in styles, price ranges, and finishes, then patio heaters are a perfect fit for your outdoor setting.

They make any chilly night a joy to go out and star gaze and just relax which is a nice choice to have instead of being stuck inside just because the temperature has dropped and it's a bit cooler out.


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Keep Some Birds Away

When you have worked very hard to grow your grapes, fruits and vegetables, it's hard to not be bothered when birds come in and take the best of everything!

A few tricks that work well are: netting over grapes, mylar strips tied to branches of your fruit trees, even blow up owls work.

If you use a blow up owl, or scarecrow, keep in mind to move them every few days so they appear to "move." Othewise the birds get wise fast and they are no good.

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