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Patio & Deck Heaters

When temperatures drop, turn to these devices to stay toasty warm

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: August 3, 2011
Brookstone
On a Mission Mission Infrared Patio Heater
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: warmth. This Craftsman-inspired patio heater will deliver, creating a cozy 9-foot blanket of infrared heat over you and your secret agent pals. In a hammered-bronze finish, it works off a standard electric outlet, has wheels for quick relocations and a handy shelf for holding classified documents.  Or, some beers. $400, Brookstone, (800) 846-3000, www.brookstone.com.

Floor
Tall, Dark & Handsome Endless Summer Northgate Heater
Forget Mr. Right; this handsome floor-lamp-style electric heater could be the perfect date to snuggle beside on the patio. It’s tall, rich-looking, will always keep you warm and won’t hog the remote. Plus, with an 8-foot power cord, it won’t stray either. $249, Blue Rhino, (800) 762-1142, www.bluerhino.com.
Mensa-Omnis
Under the Table Mensa Omnis Heater
Most heaters heat from the top down. This one works from the bottom up, which makes sense if you recall high school science. The Danish-designed electric heater fits under a patio dining table and warms your tootsies first, then radiates heat up to your legs and body.  $298, Green Chance, Inc., (310) 279-8135, www.greenchance.net.
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane Hanging Copper Halogen Patio Heater
It may look a little like a far-out, intergalactic space ship, but the rustic copper finish and gentle warmth of this heater feel very down to earth. The electric unit can be used indoors, outdoors or on covered porches, and provides just enough heat for a sitting or dining area, particularly if Mr. Spock is invited. $140, Well Traveled Living, (800) 766-9633, www.patiomarket.com.

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You Look Maahvelous All-Weather Woven Heater
Most patio heaters do their job, but they don’t always look good doing it. This one does. Sporting an all-weather woven wicker base, it coordinates with outdoor wicker furniture for a put-together look. But it’s not just another pretty face; the propane unit cranks out heat in a 20-foot radius.  $599, Frontgate, (888) 263-9850, www.frontgate.com.
Tabletop
Incognito Heat-o Endless Summer Sutton Tabletop Heater
By day, you might think it’s a fancy schmancy table lamp. By night, its true identity is revealed as a patio heater, sending warm waves to a 12-foot surrounding area. $179, Endless Summer by Blue Rhino, (866) 758-3900, www.bluerhino.com. Available at Frontgate, www.frontgate.com.

Bellagio-Roomset
Tower with Power Bellagio Patio Torch
If your cabin décor is contemporary, your playlist is cool jazz and you secretly wish the lake was stocked with sushi-grade Ahi tuna, then this hip heater belongs on your patio. With its 4-foot flame and sleek, stainless steel design, the propane Bellagio Patio Torch will take the chill off while you gather round sipping martinis.  $599-$757, Napoleon Gourmet Grills, (866) 820-8686, www.napoleongrills.com.

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Under My Umbrella Umbrella Halogen Patio Heater
This could possibly be the best invention under the sun since, well … the umbrella! The three-arm electric halogen heater secures to any standard center pole on the underside of the umbrella and sends warm rays of radiant heat down to guests sitting below. $110, Well Traveled Living, (800) 766-9633, www.patiomarket.com.
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