Electric, Propane & Natural Gas Outdoor Heaters
Powered by electricity, propane, or natural gas, outdoor space heaters bring seasons-spanning warmth and comfort to your backyard, patio, or deck. Our patio heaters are sturdy, durable, and made to stand up to the elements, so you can leave them outdoors when not in use. Riverbend Home offers tabletop, umbrella, hanging, and freestanding heaters in various configurations to meet the needs of your outdoor space.
An outdoor tabletop heater is small and portable, ideal for warming a patio where space is limited. A heated bistro table or under-table heater concentrates warmth around the legs and feet, perfect for outdoor dining on a chilly evening. A hanging patio heater suspended from the ceiling, an exposed beam, or a lantern stand spreads warmth downward in specific areas, while a freestanding umbrella heater or pole-mounted heater warms a large outdoor space evenly. If you prefer the look of an open flame, a freestanding pyramid or cylinder propane heater enhances the aesthetic of your patio as it warms the air. Browse our selection of propane gas, natural gas, and electric space heaters and find the right sizes and styles to extend the outdoor living season for your patio, porch, or backyard area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use a patio heater under a covered patio?
Electric patio heaters can be used under covered patios, but gas-powered heaters may not be safe for these spaces: Check your outdoor heater’s specifications carefully before placing it under a covered patio.
Is it safe to use a patio heater indoors?
No, it is not safe to use a patio heater indoors. A gas patio heater should be used only on a patio, deck, porch, or other well-ventilated outdoor area; an electric patio heater is appropriate to use in an enclosed space—a screened-in porch, partially enclosed patio, or garage—but should not be used indoors.
Electric vs. gas patio heaters: What is the best type of patio heater?
Use these ‘electric versus gas’ variables to guide your patio heater buying decision:Power:
- Gas patio heaters are powered by a propane tank or a natural gas line, while eco-friendly and easy-to-use electric patio heaters draw energy from your home’s electrical grid.
- Warmth: Propane and natural gas heaters are better for efficiently warming large spaces.
- Location: Electric patio heaters are limited to spaces with outlet access, but can be used in enclosed spaces unlike gas-powered heaters, which require adequate ventilation. Natural gas heaters must be professionally installed in a fixed location. Propane patio heaters are the most portable option: They can be used in nearly any well-ventilated outdoor space.
- Cost: Electric patio heaters offer the lowest upfront cost but may be expensive to operate, while natural gas patio heaters are the most expensive and require the additional cost of professional installation.