One of the biggest benefits of propane heaters is that they may be used in areas with access to outlets or electrical power. They generate heat using an attached propane tank, which can either be replaced or refilled as needed. As a rule, these heaters do not offer timers or thermostats, so they should be used only when someone is nearby and keeping an eye on them. While most are capable of producing a great deal of heat, heaters are generally quite safe if used properly and with supervision.
Most heaters are not made for both indoor and outdoor use. While outdoor heaters may be used inside, they are typically marketed for use in outdoor structures and camping trips. These are often the most portable options, and are designed to be easy to attach and detach from their propane tanks. Make sure that you are using the proper tank for your propane heater, as tanks sometimes double as heater stands. Tanks that are too small could case the heater to tip over and become unsafe.
Many indoor heaters most closely resemble fireplaces. They can be a more attractive alternative, as they will not create the smokey smell that many associate with wood burning fires. These indoor models can come equipped with all the features that one would expect from a full heating system. While they are more than enough to adequately heat most rooms, a single heater is rarely capable of heating an entire home. Propane is best used as a supplemental source of heat for new home additions that are not connected to a house’s central heating system.
Propane heaters heat up and cool down more quickly than ceramic heaters. This makes them easier to transport, and means that they do not need to be shut down for a few hours before they are moved.