Choosing the best propane heater for garage
The following features are the ones we’ve picked out as the most important when you are in the market for a propane heater. There are specific features that can measure the important aspects of a heater such as the power, durability and ease of install. The categories below are the main criteria we used when making our propane heater reviews. There’s a lot to consider, but the functions that jump out at you are probably the most important for your unique needs
There are a few different types of propane heaters. Consider the ‘type’ when making your purchase. Do you need something with a wall mount? Do you need sold base legs to allow for floor mounting? Are you looking for a portable option? The different types of propane heater may be more appropriate for individual needs.
You might think that a portable propane heater is the best as it can be used wherever you need, but these heaters take up floor space whereas the wall mount options typically do not. You can position them on the wall and have them facing the area you most need heated.
BTUs are a measurement of heat. This measurement is based on the heating of water, and without wanting to get too much into the science of this, it is a good way of generally comparing the power of a propane heater. If you need a heater that can chuck off a lot of power, then you will be looking for a higher BTU rating. This also has some relevance to the size of the room it can heat, but a more powerful propane heater doesn’t always mean it can fill a bigger room.
The BTU rating is just one piece of the jigsaw.
Though you shouldn’t base your purchase just on BTUs, you should always look at this to check you are getting a propane heater with enough power. A low BTU rating will not be good enough for a large garage. This is why the makers of propane heaters display the BTU ratings so prominently.
Another aspect of this is how the hot air is distributed around the room, which leads to the next point nicely…
The air flow relates to what happens to the hot air that is generated by the heater. Some use infrared and do not even heat the air, instead, they heat the objects in the room such as the walls or surfaces. One method of air flow used is ‘forced air’ which can push the hot air into certain positions rather than keep it to just one place. Some options, such as the editor’s choice, the Dyna-Glo IR18NMDG-1, have an optional fan that can be purchased to help with the air flow.
The coverage area is a combination of a lot of these factors. As well as advertising a BTU rating, most propane heaters, portable and otherwise, will advertise the coverage area they are designed for. This is usually measured in square feet, so be sure that you have considered the square footage of your garage before purchasing, and match up the right propane heater in terms of size.
The largest coverage area of any of the propane heaters on this list is the ProCom PCC80V
. In spite of being portable this can actually cover up to 1,900 square feet, more than enough for a huge garage.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight of the heater are also considerations you need to make before buying. You need to know you have room for the heater. Also, if you are going to wall mount it, you need to both mark out the space and be sure that it is lightweight enough to easily mount on the wall. The Mr. Heater MH25LP is the best for wall mounting due to the fact it is so lightweight and comes already assembled.
The weight of a product like this is definitely a consideration if you plan to buy a portable propane heater. If you want to take it to other places besides your garage then you will need to be able to carry it with ease, and don’t forget you will also need a tank of propane to go with it.
A one-year warranty is really the minimum you should be expecting from this sort of product. Naturally, with a product like a heater, the longer the warranty, the better. If you can get a long warranty it protects your purchase and ensures you can get a replacement if anything goes wrong. What’s more, the companies offering long warranties tend to be more confident in the build quality of the product. For this reason, a long warranty is usually a sign of a quality product.
Some extra features may be included based on the individual design of the product or even the brand simply trying to give themselves an edge.
A huge amount of the extra features we see when it comes to propane heaters are to do with safety. They need to ensure that there aren’t gas leaks and that the heater doesn’t overheat and cause any form of fire hazard. For instance, the Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy has a feature whereby it shuts off if it gets knocked over. Many of the products on this list have overheat protection, too.
You will need some sort of ventilation in the garage. This can come in the form of a window or other form of vent. This can stop harmful gasses building up and causing potential issues and is a useful safety feature.
Don’t worry, the benefits of a propane heater far outweigh the cold of having a window open to let the air in and out of the room.
The cheaper end of the market can offer some affordable propane heaters under $100, and in some cases significantly under $100. As you go for mid-range products they are between $100-250 and the very best on the market can be above $250. These are rough, ball-park figures to help you to get an idea. Obviously, there are elite products at the top end of the heating market which are well above $250.
Also consider the fact that you will be buying propane to use with the heater and this isn’t always the cheapest.