Welcome to the 404th Metamorphosis Monday!
Recently I shared Terry and Mark’s fabulous redesign where they turned an outdoor deck into a fabulous porch with space for dining and entertaining. If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: Deck Makeover: A Covered Porch with Room for Dining & Entertaining.
While writing that post, I noticed Terry and Mark had an outdoor heater on their porch. That started me wondering if I could use one on my porch, too. My mind traveled back to a Christmas party I had a few years back. During the party, the door from my kitchen to my screened porch stayed wide open the entire time. During the party, friends were either out on the porch, standing just inside the door to the kitchen or walking in and out onto the porch.
I kept looking for an opportunity to close the door but finally realized that wasn’t going to happen. lol I remember being so surprised that folks wanted to be on the porch in 45 degree weather. I’m super cold-natured and wouldn’t dream of being on a porch in December. I guess porches are magnets, even when it’s cold outside.
I was surprised to see how reasonable the cost is for an outdoor heater. I had expected them to be a lot more. I decided to order one since my porch has a high ceiling. The directions on the heater I purchased, recommend keeping it several feet away from surrounding objects.
Warning: If you order an outdoor heater, be sure and read ALL the instructions/directions that come with your heater and I recommend following those exactly. You don’t want to risk a fire!
Also, I would NOT use an outdoor heater on a porch with a standard 8 foot ceiling. That would be too low to safely operate a standing outdoor heater like the one I purchased.
Again, read the directions for the heater you are considering buying or have purchased, and abide by what the manufacturer recommends regarding distance clearance from surrounding objects like furniture, fans, ceiling, etc… to avoid any risk of fire or injury. Also never use a propane heater inside an enclosed room or space.
When the heater arrived, I was a little intimidated when I saw all the parts! The instructions were okay but could have been a bit clearer regarding which screws matched up to which parts. I was able to figure it out pretty quickly, though.
Before I ordered the heater, I thought a lot about where I would place it. I decided in advance on this spot in the center of the porch where the ceiling is at its highest: 12 feet.
Though my porch isn’t that big, you can still navigate around the heater without any problem.
This heater came in several finishes. I went with stainless hoping it would blend into the white of the porch better than one of the darker finishes like bronze.
The wheel assembly helps with rolling the heater to wherever it’s going to be used. That will also come in handy when I roll it to the garage at the end of the winter season.
So what makes this heater run?
It runs on a 20-gallon propane tank that’s turned off when the heater isn’t in use. I got a big surprise when I went to buy the propane tank. Did you know a 20-gallon propane tank is around $48!
For many years I used a grill out on my deck that ran on propane. When I had the new porch and decks built, I purchased a gas grill that runs on natural gas with a gas line running directly to it. While the porch was being built, I donated my old grill, propane tank and all. I really wish I had held onto the propane tank.
So if you ever donate a grill, you may want to consider keeping the propane tank if you think you’ll ever buy an outdoor heater. It isn’t that expensive to swap an empty one for a new one, but buying one initially is a bit pricey.
Turning the heater on is quick and easy. When I first turned it on, it looked like this. Do you see the blue flame inside?
After just a minute or so, the outer section turned a bright red as seen below. When it did that, I immediately turned it off because it kinda freaked me out. Then I read further into the instruction book that this was normal for my particular heater.
The directions warn that you shouldn’t touch any of the previously hot areas after you first turn it off. Just like a stove, those areas will still be hot for quite some time. There’s no need to touch that area anyway, but that’s good information to know.
I love how it sounds when it’s running. It makes a soft, hissing sound that I found rather comforting.
I only ran the heater last night for about 30 minutes. During that time I really enjoyed the heat that it was putting out. I wasn’t out there long enough to see if it would heat up the whole porch, but it felt good sitting close by on the settee.
Oh, by the way, my heater didn’t put out any odor at all while heating. I was so glad to see that! I’m not sure how it is with most heaters, but this one worked great without a hitch.
Have you ever used a floor standing outdoor heater? How did you like it? In case you’re interested, this was the heater I purchased here: Floor Standing Propane Outdoor Patio Heater
Again, if you purchase an outdoor patio or deck heater, be sure to read ALL the directions/instructions that come with your heater and follow them exactly to avoid any risk of a fire or injury. Never use a propane heater inside an enclosed room or space.
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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