Is there anything better than enjoying a chilly night out in the garden, snuggled up in front of a warm and cosy patio heater?

If you’re thinking about purchasing a patio heater for your garden, one of the important things you’ll need to know is what type of gas it requires. Read on to find out what type of gas you can use with a patio heater...

Why investing in a patio heater is a good idea

Investing in a patio heater adds value to any garden. Not only are they a practical piece of equipment for entertaining and/or enjoying the garden in the colder months, but they also bring a sense of style and elegance to any outdoor space, thanks to their attractive appearance.

Although patio heaters are the perfect addition for personal enjoyment, they are also ideal for placing in pub and restaurant gardens. It can be such a waste when you are unable to trade outdoors during the colder months, so investing in outdoor heaters is a superb solution.

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Types of gas you can use with a patio heater

There are two types of gas that are commonly used to fuel patio heaters, which are propane and butane.

Butane gas

Butane is a very common type of gas that can be used to fuel outdoor patio heaters, and there are many benefits to using it for fuelling your patio heater.

The advantages of using butane gas for your patio heater include its low toxicity, along with its ability to produce less carbon monoxide than other gas options. Butane is naturally a very clean and pure gas, meaning that you’ll be able to use your patio heater for longer periods of time without making a significant negative impact on the environment.

In addition to the above, butane gas also offers efficiency in other areas, as you will not be required to do much to get your patio heater roaring. Butane gas ignites instantly and reaches the desired temperature almost immediately.

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Butane, however, doesn’t tend to be the first choice when it comes to patio heaters. This is because although butane offers superb efficiency, it may not flow as well in colder temperatures in comparison to propane fueled patio heaters.

Propane has a boiling temperature of -42°C, whereas butane gas falls short at -2°C. This doesn’t mean that butane isn’t an efficient fuel, however, it is more suited to warm weather use. Propane produces more heat than butane and is more efficient in combustion. This, of course, makes it the better choice for outdoor patio heaters.

Propane gas

At Cotswold Teak, all of our patio heaters are made to be fueled by propane gas. The reason behind this is because it is a much better and efficient option for fueling outdoor patio heaters.

Propane is a very safe gas

Of course, the top priority for any outdoor patio heater is that it’s safe to use. It should never be forgotten that propane gas is a liquid petroleum gas (LPG), meaning that it is highly flammable. However, if stored and used correctly, it will not be dangerous for outdoor use.

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There are many safety requirements and regulations in place for LPG fuel. Propane has a stellar reputation in relation to its safety record, and heat provided by gas is the safest way to produce heat.

Propane is also a non-toxic and clean-burning fuel, making it not only a highly powerful option, but also a reliable option. And it won’t give off an unpleasant smell when in action, as propane is odourless!

Propane is a great option for all year round use

Propane is a very efficient and effective gas, so you’ll have no issue using a propane patio heater for any time of the year. As we mentioned earlier, propane has a boiling temperature of -42°C - so you’ll have a much easier time getting the most out of your patio heater, no matter how cold it is!

Propane is the eco-friendly gas option

Green gas options (such as propane) tend to be the most environmentally friendly fuel options, so there’s no guilt involved when you use propane gas for your outdoor patio heater!

Propane is cost-effective

Propane is one of the most cost-effective fuels to purchase. This is because electric or other fuel option patio heaters will cost more to run over a period of time, whereas propane fuel will successfully produce twice as much heat with less usage.

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If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor heater for your garden, you can find it here at Cotswold Teak

We hope you’ve found our article on what type of gas you can use with a patio heater useful.

At Cotswold Teak, we offer an extensive range of stunning outdoor patio heaters - with a variety of different models, styles, and colours to choose from.

If you have any questions or want to know more about any of our collections, feel free to contact our friendly team who will be happy to help with any queries you may have. Call us on 01608 682 191 or email [email protected].

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