Freestanding Patio Heaters are perfect for outdoor areas that don't have walls or overhead structures. Most Freestanding Patio Heaters are fueled by liquid propane that comes from LP tanks stored right inside those heaters making them completely portable.

You can find portable heaters that are fueled by Natural Gas, like Sunglo A242, they are just a little less flexible when it comes to location. Freestanding Patio Heaters can also be a more permanent structure when they are fueled by Natural Gas and are attached to the ground - permanent post. Permanent Post Patio Heaters are safer than their portable counterparts because they reduce the danger of tipping over.

  • Patio Comfort and Sungo are the top brands of powerful, commercial-grade freestanding heaters made in the US.
  • Sunglo is famous for its Permanent Post Natural Gas Patio Heater also made in the US.
  • Bromic Heating manufactures a very unique freestanding patio heater favored by luxury hotels and restaurants.


1. Are propane heaters safe indoors?

Round or mushroom-styled propane heaters are typically for outdoor use and are not safe indoors. However, some wall or ceiling-mounted propane heaters are rated for indoor use.

2. How long does a patio heater last?

Propane heaters have varying burn times, typically lasting from 8 to 10 hours, which is ample time for a cozy evening outdoors. On the other hand, natural gas heaters and electric patio heaters provide continuous warmth as long as they are powered on.

Can't decide on the right patio heater? See our best commercial patio heaters to help yourself choose one.

Do you want to see other types of gas heaters? See our guide on choosing the best gas patio heater.