While incredible steps have been taken to stabilize the current public health crisis, the pandemic is far from over. For many parts of the country, alfresco dining is still the only option for a safe, socially detached gathering.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the game’s best outdoor heaters in inventory. Whether you are buying a restaurant or your own terrace, we have it all for you.

Best for restaurants: Frontgate Commercial Patio Heater

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Here’s a great option for restaurants and other socially detached commercial space when you need something big and serious. Frontgate Commercial Patio Heater pumps out 46,000 BTU of heat via a piezo ignition system and uses stainless steel burners and a double jacket heating network. It’s more expensive than the member’s Mark model but could be better suited to your space and needs.

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Best all year round: Tacklife propane fire pit

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They ensure a safe and warm campfire experience Tacklife 28 inch outdoor fire table uses propane as fuel to create a stable and green burning fire. This product is also so fashionable that by covering the lid, it can be transformed into a casual dining table or outdoor coffee table. The lower steel panels have a wicker look that is guaranteed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the garden furniture. It also comes with an automatic ignition device to control the fire while maintaining its satisfactory temperature.

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Best portable propane for outdoors: Mr. Heater MH9BX Buddy

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With 4,000 – 9,000 BTU power is the Mr. Heater MH9BX Buddy is a fantastic outdoor and indoor heater and is safe to operate even at altitudes over 7,000 feet above sea level. For ultimate safety, the automatic shutdown is triggered when the heater is turned over, the indicator light goes out or when the oxygen level is low. At maximum BTU, this heater will run for three hours and is suitable for everything from emergency heating to sporting events.

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Best table fireplace: Terra Flame Bowl, graphite

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Nothing beats a rustic flair for our outdoor heating needs! This portable little one Terra Flame Fireplace is great when you want to enjoy the ambience of a sunset on your patio. It is 11 inches in diameter and about 5 inches in height. This product is hand cast with organic concrete and the shell has a natural finish to look super southwestern. It’s the perfect show stopper when inviting friends over for a socially distant outdoor meal.

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Best for outdoor porch: Briza infrared 1500W

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The Briza infrared patio heater – electric patio heater is a great investment for your outdoor heating needs. This product can be mounted on the ceiling or wall of your terrace just as well as on a tripod. With carbon infrared technology, this heater generates infrared rays that are easily absorbed by surfaces and thus increase the ambient temperature. The adjustable legs of the tripod stands extend far outwards and provide a stable base so that no sandbags are required. There are also three options for the heat settings including 900W, 1200W and 1500W.

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Best pyramid: Thermo Tiki Propane patio heater

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Standing at 7’6 “tall that stylish propane gas heating is commercial grade and emits heat from a ceramic-glass heating column rated at 38,000 BTU. This heater also has a built-in safety valve that automatically shuts off the fuel supply if the device is tilted or tilted. This product is made with convenience in mind and includes wheels for easy portability and storage. While all the necessary accessories are included in the box, be sure to purchase your own 20 pound propane tank and fuel in order for the item to be fully functional.

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Best outdoor dog heater: Akoma kennel stove

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This Pet oven is designed for heating up to 300 watts and can be set from 30 ° F to 10 ° F. It can heat up to 75 cubic feet of dog house, but is also great for smaller cat and dog houses. Note that this oven does not have any sharp edges that could injure your pet and that it has a heat shield for extra protection.

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This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 06/10/2020 and updated with new information from Juliana Clark on 10/03/2021.