What Are The Best Propane Heaters in 2017?
Whether you are camping, doing construction, spending your weekends in the garage getting that classic in mint condition, or looking for a source of heat during an emergency, propane heaters might be your answer. Easy, portable, and clean, the heat from propane heaters can be used in a variety of places for comfortable, effective heating for you and your family.
Mr. Heater Portable Radiant Heater
Dyna-Glo Forced Air Heater
Texsport Portable Outdoor Propane Heater
Dura Heat Tank Top Heater
Heatmaxx Indoor/Outdoor Convection Heater
General Information about Propane Heaters.
Propane heaters come in a huge variety of models, each suited a variety of purposes. Generally, they attach to liquid propane tanks or gas propane tanks, either directly or with hose attachments. They are often small and flexible, and most models can be used both outdoors and indoors. Before choosing the right propane heater for you, there are several things you should consider.
Where will you be using your heater?
Before choosing a propane heater, you’ll have to know where you plan to use it, particularly if you need an indoor heater, an outdoor heater, or one that can be used in either place. You may be looking for a heater for your garage or outdoor workspace, in which case you’ll want to choose a model that is safe for indoor use. If you plan on using your heater for working outside, on your back porch, or for camping, you may be okay with an outdoor only heater. And if you will use your heater for construction projects, you may need one that is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
If you will be using your heater in a space where small children or pets may be such as an RV or a tent, you’ll want to think about the dangers an exposed flame poses. If you think your dog might catch his tail on fire or a toddler may put a hand where it isn’t welcome, opt for a flame free model.
Do you need a unit that is portable?
Portability may be a consideration when you are choosing the right propane heater for you. If you have one location in mind and don’t plan on moving your heater around, portability won’t be an issue. But if you do plan to use your heater in different locations such as a garage and for camping trips, in a golf cart or in a chilly attic, or if you want to keep that option open for the future, you’ll want to choose a model that can easily be transported from one place to another.
How long will you run your heater?
Length of use is something to consider when you are choosing the right heater for you. Will you need it for an eight hour workday in your outside work space? Or will you only need it for short periods of time for warming up the deck while you grill out or look at stars with your friends? Different heaters have different run times before you need to refuel, so keep in mind how long you plan on running your model before you make your decision.
Will you use liquid propane or gas?
Propane heaters come designed to run on both liquid propane and gas, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when you choose the right heater for you. Liquid tanks tend to be smaller, often one pound cylinders, and are great space savers for camping and similar activities. If you want a longer run time for a construction site or another day long (or more!) project, you might want to consider using a gas heat model.
Gas propane tanks come in twenty, forty, and one hundred pound sizes and are therefore good choices if you want to use propane heat for long term without having to change out your tank every few hours.
How much space do you want to heat?
Some propane heaters are designed to heat single rooms while others will heat larger areas. You’ll want to think about how much square footage you want to heat so you can choose the right model for you. There’s no need to opt for a heater that covers over a thousand square feet when you will only be heating an eight by eight tent.
How much heat do you need?
Depending on the space you intend to heat as well as the temperature outside, you can calculate how many BTUs (British thermal unit, a measurement of heat) you will need. Determine the cubic footage of the space you want to heat (length of the room x width of the room x height of the room). Then determine the temperature difference between outside and inside by subtracting the outside temperature from the desired inside temperature (desired inside temperature – outdoor temperature). Then calculate the needed BTUs with one of the following formulas.
Cubic feet x temperature increase in F x .133 = required BTUCubic feet x temperature increase in C x .2394 = required BTU
For example, if I had a 10’x10’x10’ area that I wanted heated to 70 degrees and it was fifty degrees outside, my calculations would look like this.
The 5 Best Propane Heaters.
Here is some information on some popular propane heaters to help you decide which model is right for you.
Heatmaxx Indoor/Outdoor Convection Heater
Propane heaters can be effectively used for many different purposes, and that is why there is so much variety in the products. You can be sure to get the best heater for you by thinking about where you want to use your unit and how much heat you want it to put out. If you are looking into getting your first propane heater, consider the Mr. Heater Portable Radiant Heater. Since it is approved for both indoor and outdoor use and has several safety features including a shut off for low oxygen levels, it is a flexible model that can suit many different needs.