Patio Heaters are the Baby Pools of Fall, So Buy One Before They Sell Out

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A few months ago, inflatable pools were all the rage. Because if we were going to be stuck at home all summer, the least we could do is turn the backyard into a mini oasis. The same idea holds true for fall—so long as you swap the pool for a patio heater. While these two backyard staples may not sound similar at all, a propane heater can extend your fave outdoor activities well into fall and beyond and keep the backyard oasis vibes going strong. Here, ten patio heaters—from $99 to $1,764—to grab before the rest of the world catches on.

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1. Legacy Heating 47,000 Btu Hammered Black Propane Outdoor Flame Patio Heater

All you need to fire this baby up? A standard 20-pound propane tank, i.e., the perfect [ED NOTE: PLS REPLACE PERFECT WITH A BETTER WORD] way to use up your left-over grilling gas.

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2. Hampton Bay 11,000 Btu Powder Coated Bronze Tabletop Propane Patio Heater

This tabletop heater may be small, but it’s mighty; you can trust it to heat up to a 30-square-foot patio in seconds.

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3. Energ+ 1,500-watt Infrared Wall-mounted Electric Outdoor Heater With Remote

Prefer a minimal aesthetic? Mount this 1,500-watt heater to a pergola or patio covering for all the cozy feels without sacrificing precious floor space. Bonus: It comes with a remote for easy temperature control.

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4. Lava Heat Italia Sorrento C-line 32,000 Btu 7 Ft. Bronze Cantilever Propane Patio Heater

On the other end of the spectrum, if you prefer to make a statement with your heater, try this bronze cantilever design, which hides a propane tank neatly inside its base. And thanks to its arching arm, it can be easily moved into various positions.

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5. Hampton Bay 42,000 Btu Gold Gas Patio Heater

This dome-like device heats an entire patio easily and safely. The flame stays contained within a glass cylinder in the center and it features an automatic shutoff, so you don’t have to worry about a thing after that third glass of Sancerre.

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6. Thermablaster 32,000 Btu Stainless Steel Gas Patio Heater

Thanks to its compact design, this powerful gas model can be easily transported to wherever you need a little extra warmth. This is a good option if you intend to rotate your evenings between the front porch and the back patio this September.

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7. Hampton Bay 11,000 Btu Stainless Steel Tabletop Propane Gas Patio Heater

Searching for a tabletop option that looks chic and can heat a small space? This stainless-steel version is up for the task. It stands at just about three feet tall when assembled and can be placed on a table or on the ground, depending upon your seating arrangements (or design preferences).

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8. Dimplex 2,000-watt Stainless Steel Indoor/outdoor Infrared Electric Heater

If you’d rather not fuss with propane gas, this stylish infrared electric heater is a smart alternative. It’s super high tech, reaching TK degrees in less than three seconds, and features three separate heat settings that can be set via remote control. Plus, it has an eight-hour auto shutoff safety mechanism to prevent overheating.

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9. Lava Heat Italia Caldo T-line Natural Gas Patio Heater

Best for large spaces (up to 144-square-feet to be exact), this stylish lamp provides 360-degree heat distribution, so no corner of your patio will feel chilly. Even in November. And though it’s powerful, this heater weighs just 36-pounds, so it can be easily transported from one corner to the other.

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10. Garden Treasures 41,000-btu Black Steel Floorstanding Liquid Propane Patio Heater

Who doesn’t love a multitasker? This propane patio heater doesn’t just, well, heat your patio, it also functions as a spot to place your drink. It also comes with a thermocouple safety feature, which shuts off gas flow if the flame goes out to avoid gas leaks, and a PVC protective cover for when it’s not in use.

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