Stay Warm in the Great Outdoors with Tank-Top Radiant Heaters

Stay Warm in the Great Outdoors with Tank-Top Radiant Heaters

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Topics: Propane Radiant Heaters

Heating large outdoor areas efficiently can be tricky, especially if an electric outlet isn’t available. If you need to heat campsites, poolsides, construction areas, and other outdoor spaces, “tank top” style portable radiant heaters may be the right heater for the job.

Like most propane heaters, these radiant heaters can’t be used indoors due to the risk of exhaust from carbon monoxide gas. However, they’re perfect for heating medium to large outdoor areas. Because they are radiant heaters, they heat objects with thermal energy rather than heating the surrounding air. This makes them a highly efficient choice for outdoor heating.

Tank top propane heaters get their name from their unique design. A directional heating element is attached directly to the top of a propane cylinder. Their simple design makes them highly portable and lightweight when not attached to the propane cylinder.

Typically, you’ll attach these heaters to either the disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders for smaller heaters, or the refillable 20 lb. cylinders that are commonly used for gas patio heaters. Depending on the heat output of the propane radiant heater, one 20 lb. cylinder can last up to 50 hours or more, making them a highly efficient heating choice for outdoor areas.

What’s more, since there’s no fans needed to blow the heat, there are typically no moving parts on tank top radiant heaters. This makes them easy to maintain and very quiet when in use. Since you’re not waiting on the air around the heater to heat up (like with most convection heaters or ceramic heaters) the heat reaches full output in seconds.

Mr. Heater Inc. makes a full line of tank top radiant heaters, fueled by propane and with great durability. For instance, check out the MH12T, a tank top propane heater with variable heat outputs of 8,000, 12,000 and 14,000 BTU/hr. This model can run on a 20 lb. propane cylinder for 30-52 hours, depending on your heat setting.
If you need a smaller solution, Mr. Heater also offers the Little Buddy propane heater. This model sits on top of a 1 lb. propane cylinder, and features an angled heat element. Unlike most propane-fueled heaters, the Little Buddy is safe for some indoor areas, like patios, workshops, and campers. It has low-oxygen sensors and tip sensors that automatically shut off the unit if unsafe conditions are detected. At around $69, the Little Buddy is also an economical choice for portable heating.

Tank top radiant heaters can be the perfect solution where efficient, quick heat is needed. Since heat is felt immediately, there’s no waiting for elements to heat up or blowers to circulate air. They’re highly portable and efficient, and make a great choice for outdoor areas.

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