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With a Tabletop Patio Heater You’ll Never Want to Come Inside

Spending time in your outdoor living space is great, when the weather turns chilly it can send people scurrying back indoors. That doesn’t have to be the case if you have a tabletop patio heater. These are smaller versions of the full-size heaters you may have seen at outdoor bars and restaurants. Just as the big ones keep patrons cozy outdoors, the smaller tabletop version is perfect for home outdoor patios, decks and gardens. They’re super convenient and easy to use.

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Tabletop patio heaters come in different sizes, but more importantly, they also use different fuels. While they do come in electric versions, the propane models are among the more popular ones, especially because they’re so portable. There are also some that burn gel fuel, which is good when you want the heater more for ambiance than for heat. The main considerations when choosing a patio heater are the size of the space where it will be located as well as its style. Most heaters don’t come with a cover, but it’s a good idea to have one to protect it from inclement weather. Here’s a list of some great tabletop patio heaters that will extend the use of your outdoor living space long after the sun goes down.

9,500 BTU Propane Tabletop Patio Heater

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The attractive design of this 9,500 BTU Propane Table top Patio Heater from AZ Patio Heaters is a very stylish addition to your outdoor space as well as a very functional heater. The stainless steel heater incorporates a thermocouple anti-tilt device for added safety in case it tips over. Emitting 9,500 BTUs of heat from its glass tube, the heater is ideal for warming up small seating areas with a heating range diameter of four feet.  According to the seller, its design is safe enough to use inside a screened-in porch.  The pyramid shape is constructed to conceal a 1-pound propane tank in the base, which makes this heater portable for use while camping or for evenings on the beach or lake.

Weather- and rust-resistant, this tabletop patio heater has a pilot light and multi-speaker igniter. The heat level is adjustable and it can run as long as two to three hours on high with one propane tank. It does not come with an adapter for a traditional propane tank to be attached. AZ Patio Heaters’ Propane Tabletop Patio Heater is covered by a one-year limited warranty.

11,000 Propane Tabletop Patio Heater

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With a design that is just like the full-size outdoor heaters, this 11,000 Propane Tabletop Patio Heater from Legacy Heating looks great anywhere and puts out a great amount of heat. A heat range diameter of 26 feet means you’ll have good warmth on your deck, patio or porch. The highly portable tabletop heater uses a standard one-pound propane tank, which fits neatly inside the base and is accessible through a handy door on the side. A weight plate adds stability for safety and a screen guard and anti-tilt device mean that the heater is safe to use.

With a pilot light and knobs for adjusting the heat, you’ll be able to sit outdoors comfortably in cooler weather, perhaps even into the winter depending on your climate. Assembly is required for this tabletop patio heater and it is covered by an unspecified warranty. Happy reviewers say that it works great, puts out a nice amount of heat, and is perfect for a table in a screened porch.

11,000 BTU Propane Tabletop Patio Heater

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Contemporary design and multiple finishes make the SUNHEAT International 11,000 BTU Propane Tabletop Patio Heater a very stylish addition to your patio or deck. The variable flame is contained in a glass tube that creates an attractive centerpiece. Easy to adjust, control knobs for the heater are inside behind the front panel. Also inside is a one-pound propane tank that’s hidden from view, fueling this heater for up to three hours on high. Ignition is simple with a push-button system that’s also safe. And, speaking of safety, this industrial-quality tabletop patio heater incorporates a tip-over shutoff safety switch, so you can enjoy it with confidence.

Weather- and rust-resistant, the heater keeps you and your friends toasty when the thermometer drops with its heat range diameter of five feet. Plus, the portability means that you can take it to the beach, the woods, the lake — or even tailgating — for some added warmth. If being portable isn’t important to you, the heater can be converted to run on natural gas.  The SUNHEAT Propane Tabletop Patio Heater is covered by a one-year limited warranty for parts and labor.

Round 11,000 BTU Propane Tabletop Patio Heater

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The unique round design of this 11,000 BTU Propane Tabletop Patio Heater is different from SUNHEAT’s original square silhouette but is no less stylish and works with any style of patio decor. Featuring a variable and decorative flame, the heater looks as attractive as it is functional. Its five-foot heat range diameter will keep the whole family comfortable in the evenings and on cooler days in the spring and autumn — or even winter. In fact, the 11,000 BTUs it puts out will keep you warm for up to three hours on the high setting using a single one-pound propane tank.

Industrial quality means it will last through seasons of enjoyment. This tabletop patio heater is also safe to use thanks to its design as well as the built-in tip-over shut off safety switch. Ignition is super simple with a push-button system and adjusting the flame is done with a control knob just inside the front panel. If desired, an adapter is available so that this SUNHEAT Propane Tabletop Patio Heater can be hooked up to a larger 20-pound propane tank.

Wave Gel Fuel Tabletop Fireplace

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For organic ambiance and some heat that you can use just about anywhere, the Terra Flame Wave Gel Fuel Tabletop Fireplace is ideal. It’s a compact size that will help you relax and unwind any time. This tabletop patio heater is a hand-cast concrete bowl created with natural materials and is filled with stones. At the center is a canister of gel fuel that burns clean and odor-free. You can use this type of fuel indoors as well as outdoor, so feel free to move the bowl indoors when you’re finished being outdoors. In the off-season, the wave gel tabletop fireplace is perfect for cozy ambiance indoors, especially if you don’t have a fireplace.

The golden 7-inch smoke-free flame that the Wave Fire Bowl holds puts out 3,000 BTUs of heat and is environmentally friendly. It comes with three Gel Fuel canisters, which burn for approximately 2.5 hours each. When you’re finished, simply put the lid back on to snuff out the flame. Replacements are readily available. This tabletop patio heater is filled with smooth Mexican river pebbles that have an organic look, but they can easily be replaced with fireglass if desired.

Napoleon Tabletop Patio Heater 11000 BTU Propane, Stainless Steel

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Keep the whole family cozy outdoors with the Napoleon Tabletop Patio Heater 11000 BTU Propane in Stainless Steel. With up to 11,000 BTUs and a seven-foot heat radius, you can enjoy your outdoor space far more each season. The stainless steel construction means its sleek design won’t rust and will last for years. In fact, happy buyers say they pulled it out of winter storage and it fired right up with the electronic push-button igniter. It is also passed as heavy duty and good quality.

Like many others, this tabletop model is fueled by a one-pound propane tank that discreetly fits inside the base. Propane fuel and the heater’s manageable weight of 18 pounds also makes it portable for family gatherings away from home. For convenience, an adapter is available for purchase that allows you to connect the tabletop patio heater to a 20-pound propane tank.

Dura Heat 360 Degree Instant Radiant Double Tank Portable Indoor Outdoor Propane Heater, 25,000 BTU, Grey/Green

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For a great amount of heat, the Dura Heat 360 Degree Instant Radiant Double Tank Portable Indoor Outdoor Propane Heater is a real winner because it’s appropriate for use outdoors as well as indoors. Indoors, you can heat up an all-season room, workshop or garage with this handy tabletop patio heater. It’s also useful as an emergency heat source. Outdoors, it will keep you toasty in colder weather because it provides 360° of instant radiant, infrared heat up to 25,000 BTUs. It runs off of two disposable one-pound propane tanks and for outdoor use can be adapted to hook up to a 20-pound tank.

Safety is top-notch with this heater because it is equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor to allow indoor use. It also features a protective grill guard, safety tip-over shutoff, a built-in carrying handle and a swivel valve for easy tank loading. Better yet, you can light it and control the heat with the touch of a button. Happy reviewers who own multiple tabletop patio heaters say that this is the best and provides good heat.

Mr. Heater MH12B Hunting Buddy Portable Space Heater

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Among the most popular portable propane heaters, the Mr. Heater MH12B Hunting Buddy Portable Space Heater is great for outdoors as well as indoors. It has a patented radiant heating system that puts out 6,000-12,000 BTUs to keep you warm whether you’re on the deck with friends, camping in the woods or tailgating on those crisp autumn days. The Hunting Buddy tabletop patio heater uses a one-pound propane canister and provides enough heat for an enclosed space, such as a cabin, of up to 300 square feet.

Outdoors, this tabletop heater can be attached to a 20-pound propane tank for convenience with a hose and filter that is purchased separately. Lighting the heater is easily done with a knob and a built-in electric ignition. Safety is also critical with propane heaters so the Mr. Heater Hunting Buddy has a number of features including an oxygen depletion sensor and an accidental tip-over safety shut-off. Buyers should be aware that this product cannot be sold in Canada and Massachusetts.

Regal Flame Avon Ventless Indoor- Outdoor Fire Pit Tabletop

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A new alternative fuel for tabletop patio heaters and firepits is bioethanol, which is what the very stylish Regal Flame Avon Ventless Indoor Outdoor Fire Pit/Tabletop uses. Vent-free and portable, this patio heater can be used indoors or outdoors so that means after a long summer of enjoying your deck or patio, you can take this indoors for a cozy evening at any time.  The glass design offers a 360-degree view of the beautiful flame and can be enhanced with Regal Flame logs or pebbles. The design is chic but it also puts out 3,900 BTUs of heat to warm a room of up 400 square feet.

Clean-burning and smokeless, lighting it is easy and the fire generates no ashes to clean up. A full tank of bioethanol lasts from two to four hours, depending on how high you turn the flame and how cold the space is. Reviewers who love the Regal Flame Avon ventless indoor/outdoor fire pit tabletop patio heater are pleased with the look, portability and ease of use. This heater is not suitable for use in windy conditions or inclement weather.


Whether you’re after high style, premium ambiance or higher heat functionality, there’s a tabletop patio heater that will fit your needs. Check the specifications and find the one that works best for your needs and get set to enjoy the outdoors even more.