Many people have turned the area outside their door into more of an outdoor room than just a yard or garden. With the easy availability and affordability of high-quality grills and outdoor seating, it’s never been easier to blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining. In order to stretch the outdoor activity season even further, and to add to the number of hours that a patio can be used, many people are turning to patio heaters like the Fire Sense.
The Fire Sense commercial patio heater uses refillable propane tanks to produce up to 46,000 BTUs, making any outdoor area up to 18 feet in diameter a warm oasis on a cool day or a chilly evening. The Fire Sense uses a piezo-electric igniter to start the unit, so there’s no need for any electricity to fire or run the heater.
Fire Sense Hammer Tone Bronze Commercial Patio Heater
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While it’s not safe to operate the Fire Sense patio heater in an enclosed area like a garage, as long as you adhere to the manufacturer’s specifications for clearances to combustibles, you can use the heater on screened in areas, under pergolas, and in other partially enclosed areas outdoors. The unit is made of sturdy metal with a durable and attractive powder-coat finish, so it’s ready withstand being kept outdoors in the weather. Operating the Fire Sense patio heater couldn’t be simpler. You open the valve on the propane tank as you would for an outdoor grill, push the igniter button to start the heat, and adjust the output with a rotary knob.
- Propane-fueled outdoor heater
- Produces up to 46,000 BTUs of heat
- Heats up to an 18-foot diameter area
- Piezo ignition
- Stainless steel burners
- Shuts off automatically if tipped over
- Bronze hammertone finish
- Has wheels for moving around
- 18 x 89 inches high
- Weighs 40 pounds
- 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
Patio heaters have to be powerful enough to warm a large area outside, but not so hot that they’re uncomfortable or dangerous to sit close by. The Fire Sense patio heater stands over 7 feet tall, so the heating element is kept away from children and pets, but the aluminum shield that sits atop the heater directs the heat down to where you’re standing or sitting. This arrangement makes a cone of comfort around the heater up to 18 feet in diameter. Since the unit requires no electricity on startup or during operation, you can put the Fire Sense heater in the center of a gathering spot or seating area outside to give you and your guests the maximum comfort from the unit.
Because the Fire Sense patio heater doesn’t have a pilot light, it doesn’t consume any propane fuel when it’s not in operation, which makes it less expensive to own than heaters that aren’t equipped with a piezo-electric ignition.
- Clean, efficient propane fuel is available almost anywhere
- Throws a lot of heat over a large area, making it possible to use a patio or other outdoor room cozy on chilly days or later in the evening
- Requires no electricity to start or to operate, so you can place it anywhere outside without a plug or an extension cord
- Comes with wheels to make moving it around easier
- Extends the outdoor entertaining season
- Metal construction and powder coat finish is attractive and durable
- Assembly instructions aren’t very clear
- Propane tank not included
- Can topple over in very windy conditions
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Purchasers love the Fire sense commercial patio heater. Many people say they’ve enjoyed the comfort of outdoor heating at restaurants, country clubs, and other commercial venues, and were excited to be able to enjoy the same kind of heater at their home. Over 80 percent of reviewers give the Fire Sense heater at least four stars in their reviews, and these reviewers list numerous ways they’ve found to enjoy outdoor living using the unit. Some reviewers like the heater as an accessory near an outdoor hot tub or swimming pool. Others place it near seating areas where they gather in the evening or on chilly days. While many users say the unit requires quite a bit of assembly, and that the instructions aren’t always clear, they also say that the unit works well when you finally get it together, and many people report getting years of trouble-free use from the unit already.
This patio heater doesn’t come with a propane tank, but propane tanks and fuel are available almost anywhere, so finding fuel isn’t a problem. The length of time that the unit will operate on one tank of fuel varies, but one user reported that the unit would run at full capacity for ten hours on one, five-gallon tank of propane. Since the unit produces 42,000 BTUs per hour when it’s at its maximum capacity, it’s likely that a tank of fuel will last much longer in everyday use.