Portable propane heaters allow you to take safe and convenient heating power wherever and whenever you need it. In this article e take a look at the 5 best portable propane heaters and how they can keep you warm wherever you might be.
Having researched all the leading options and reading all the feedback from customers, the Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy is our favorite and comes in at number one. It is everything you want in a portable propane heater. Apart from being light and compact, it is safe, reliable, effective, and affordable.
Some portable propane heaters are designed for indoor use and can be moved from room to room while others are for outdoor use. The point is that they are relatively compact and can be moved around. Don’t suffer the cold, get good, safe, and convenient heat that you can use when and where you need it.
- The 5 Best Portable Propane Heaters:
- What to look for when buying a portable propane heater
- Final thoughts
The 5 Best Portable Propane Heaters:
We look at some of the most popular options available as well as what to look for when buying a portable propane heater. We also answer a few frequently asked questions.
|Dimensions||7.7 x 13.4 x 15 inches|
|Color||Red and Black|
The customer reviews speak for themselves. They are amazingly positive. This top-selling heater is a firm favorite and highly rated. It delivers between 4,000 and 9,000 BTU, according to your needs and the space.
It is a radiant heater so is efficient and highly effective. It will heat an area or room as large as 225 square feet. What is great about this portable propane heater is that it can be used indoors or outdoors. This makes it a winner for portability.
Speaking of portability, it is light and compact. The heater is easy to move from place to place.
Safety features are what you want in a portable propane heater and if tipped over it will shut off automatically. It also has a low oxygen sensor.
The fuel consumption is good for the output so it is economical to run. You can set the heat according to your needs, from low, medium heat, or high heat. It ranges from 4,000 BTU to 8,000 BTU. This will allow you to create the perfect warmth all year round.
The unit is easy to start and comes with a one-year warranty. This portable indoor heater is a good option for those looking for a reliable, safe, and effective heater. It is not ideal for larger spaces but for most rooms in the house or a bit of outdoor heat, it is a winner.
|Dimensions||10.38 x 9.75 x 12 inches|
It is not by accident we chose another Mr. Heater option for our second choice as well as the top pick. They have a solid reputation for quality affordable heaters that deliver what they promise. Again, this is a firm favorite that receives many positive reviews.
This unit will heat an area up to 95sq feet. As always, Mr. Heater ensures the unit is safe and will automatically shut off if there is low oxygen or if it is tipped over. This makes it safe in any environment.
It is a light and compact unit that makes it easy to move from place to place. There is even a useful handle to make it even more portable.
It has a Piezo ignition making it quick and easy to start. Although only 3,800 BTU it delivers radiant heat that will warm smaller areas effectively.
It has a tip-over shutoff and an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor) to ensure the safety of this device.
|Dimensions||8.5 x 10 x 5.25 inches|
|Color||Black and silver|
This is a super-compact unit that offers exceptional value for money. It is one of the most affordable portable propane heater on the market. It is a great option to take with you when you head outdoors for a hunting or camping adventure or if you simply need a bit of warmth outdoors.
The design is safe and sturdy with a large firm base and has auto shut-off if it is knocked over. The safety grid also offers safety and protection.
Texsport has a good reputation for quality affordable products and they have more than 4 decades of experience. The unit is durable and built to last. It features a burner of stainless steel. Despite the low price you can expect many years of heat from this unit.
It works off the normal disposable one-pound propane tanks which you will need to purchase separately. The benefit of this is that it keeps the unit small and light. You can pack it with your gear and barely know it is there.
As compact budget options go, the Texsport is a good option to take a look at.
|Dimensions||33 x 18 x 89 inches|
If you are looking for a powerful outdoor heater for entertainment, this option from Amazon Basics is a winner. It is even suitable for commercial use in restaurants and cafes. It looks sleek and elegant so will not be an eyesore even in the smartest environment.
With an impressive output of 46,000 BTU, it will deliver fast and effective warmth to a radius of around 9 feet, 300-500 sq. ft. It operates with minimal noise so will not disturb those enjoying the pleasant warmth.
The unit is well made from quality materials so able to handle the outdoor conditions. Durable steel, aluminum, and strong plastic have been used. It is powder-coated for added protection and enhanced looks. Thanks to the Piezo ignition it is a breeze to start.
A water box is used to give the unit weight in case of wind. If it does happen to tip over the auto shut-off valve will kick in keeping it safe. It has wheels so, although rather large, is still portable and can be moved to where it is needed.
Given that this is an Amazon Basic product it is affordable and comes with a 1-year warranty for peace of mind. It is a stylish heater that is solidly built. It comes in a range of colors to complement any outdoor setting.
|Dimensions||34.2 x 18.4 x 18.25 inches|
Another larger portable option for patios, outdoor restaurants and parties is the popular WASAKKY 48000 BTU Portable Outdoor Patio Heater. It has 48,000 BTU so there is plenty of heat to you and your guests warm and comfortable. The radiant heat will reach an area of 16 feet.
It is made from stainless steel so not only looks great but is built to handle the elements. It is durable and should last you for many years. It is always a good idea to cover these units when not in use and that will extend the life of the heater.
Some minor assembly is needed when you unpack the unit but this is quick and easy. What makes a big unit like this portable is the sturdy wheels. This allows you to wheel the heater to where it is needed. It has a quick and effective ignition system so is super easy to start.
Safety features have not been ignored and it has an auto shut off and tilt protection. If you are concerned about it falling over there is an optional sandbox that you can add to keep it more stable. This will help if it is windy or there are people nearby that might knock it over.
This is a popular option that is highly rated. It looks goods, performs well, and is an option to consider.
What to look for when buying a portable propane heater
There are several important factors to consider when investing in the best portable propane heater.
There is portable and there is very portable. If you intend to take the heater with you on outdoor adventures then you need something that is light and compact. You can’t carry a large heater around for a hiking, hunting, or camping trip.
These small light options will not give as much heat as the larger units but can be carried with ease. If you need more heat, you will need to consider a larger portable heater. Many are still light and designed to be carried from area to area.
Another important consideration is whether you intend to use the heater indoors or outdoors. Some can do both but most are designed for one or the other.
While they are large, we did include 2 outdoor patio heaters. They both have wheels so can still be considered portable. They are great for outdoor parties on cold evenings and can also be used in restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating. One can simply wheel them into position to give your guests instant warmth.
The main purpose of a propane heater is to keep you and others warm. You need to consider the environment in which it will be used, the size of the area you need to warm, and the number of people. The power is generally measured in BTU and often the size of the area it can warm will be quoted.
This is where you need to find a balance between the portability of the unit and how much heat it produces. One that is too small for your needs will be a disappointment.
Size, as we have mentioned, is an important factor when comparing portable propane heaters. Some of the smaller units put out surprisingly good heat so weigh up your options and select the one that will work best for your needs.
A portable heater is going to take a few more bumps and knocks as it is moved from one area to the other. The quality of workmanship and the materials used will determine the durability of the heater.
Some are made from top-quality tough materials and will last you for many years. You do not want to spend your money on something that only works for a short time.
Some portable heaters are rather industrial-looking. These tend to be more compact and lightweight so are fine if you are hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting. If it is to be used in your home, you probably want something a bit more stylish.
These can never be ignored. Propane is safe if used correctly but there are a few basics features necessary. An automatic shut-off if the heater is knocked over is essential. For those used indoors, it is best to have an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor).
The heater should also have a strong safety grill and a stable firm base so that it can not fall over easily.
For most people, budget is always a factor. Prices range from really low to rather expensive. Naturally the better the build quality, the more features, and the more power the unit has will generally result in a higher price.
A quality portable propane heater can last many years so it is often better to invest in a good quality item. If you go for a budget portable propane heater you might need to replace it more often. This will add up over time.
During our research, we found several questions that came up quite often. You might have some of the same questions. Let’s take a look.
Are portable propane heaters safe?
Safety is a big concern for many people. If used incorrectly, propane can be dangerous. Modern portable propane heaters have several safety features and, provided you use them correctly, they are perfectly safe.
There are a few features you want to look out for. Tip-over protection is one of the main ones. If the heater is knocked over or falls over for any reason, it should shut down instantly. If the heater is to be used indoors you want to be sure that there is sufficient oxygen and no carbon monoxide buildup. The heater should have an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor).
The general design, particularly the grill will also contribute to safety. Another thing that is important is that it has a stable sturdy base to reduce the risk of it falling over. Some, particularly the larger more powerful units, have to overheat protection.
Apart from that, follow the instructions and make sure that all hoses, connections, and parts are in good order at all times.
What is BTU?
The power of the heater is measured in BTU or British Thermal Unit. The higher the number the more power (heat) it produces and the larger the area it will cover.
Here is a handy BTU Calculator if you want to work out how much power you need.
How long will my propane last in a portable propane heater?
This will depend on several factors. The most important is the power (BTU) output you are using. The design, heating technology, ambient temperature, and other issues will impact how long your propane will last.
Can you use all portable propane heaters indoors?
No, not necessarily. Some are designed to work indoors or outdoors while others are strictly designed only for indoor or only for outdoor use. Be sure to check on this when making your decision.
Even those that are designed for indoor use should still only be used in an area with ventilation.
Can you leave an outdoor heater out in the rain?
The truth is that yes you can but it will last a lot longer if you have some sort of cover for it. Although outdoor portable heaters are more robust and durable, the elements will eventually get to them and reduce their lifespan.
How do you start a portable propane heater?
Most modern propane heaters feature and electronic ignition. These are easy to use and you simply need to push a button. Some of the budget models might need to be started manually with a match but these are relatively rare.
A portable propane heater is a safe and convenient way to have access to heat wherever and whenever you need it. A good portable heater is light and compact however there are some larger ones that are still considered portable.
We have covered a wide range of options from small lightweight options that can be taken camping to larger units that can be used at home, in the garage, or even on the patio.
Take the time to think about where and how you intend to use the heater and this will guide you to make the best decision.
We have reviewed only the very best of the best and there is something for everyone. Provided you are clear on your needs you are sure to find a suitable option.
This article was last updated on June 7, 2021 .