Top 3 Best Gazebo Heaters of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Gazebo heaters are worth the investment! Compared to clumsy gazebo space heaters, live fire from a log burner, or gazebo fire pits, gazebo heaters allow you to control the heat for a cozy atmosphere when relaxing in your Gazebo.

A gazebo heater emits controllable heat to produce a toasty environment during autumn and winter; it can also be used on a chilly night all year round. Gazebo heaters make great gazebo accessories and can also serve as décor to your Gazebo interior design.

Quick Summary: Best Gazebo Heaters

In a hurry, here are the top four Gazebo Heaters Listed in our Gazebo Heaters Guide.

Factors to consider before purchasing a gazebo heater.

Highlighted below are factors to consider when purchasing an outdoor heater for a gazebo.

What are the different types of outdoor heaters for gazebos?

Gazebo heaters are available in various styles and types, including hanging/ ceiling gazebo heaters, tabletop gazebo heaters, mounted gazebo heaters, portable gazebo heaters, and standing gazebo heaters. You can also categorize gazebo heaters depending on the power source, including propane gazebo heaters, Bio-ethanol gazebo heaters, wood-burning gazebo heaters, and the most popular one being an electric gazebo heater.

How many BTUs do I need to heat my Gazebo?

When shopping for a gazebo heater, you will find that most heaters list BTU (British Thermal Units) along with how much space the heater can effectively cover. To determine the BTU needed to heat your Gazebo, you will need to know your gazebo size in square feet by using this formula (Length X Width = Area).

For each square foot, you will need 20 BTUs, so you will need to multiply the square footage(area) by 50-60 BTUs per square foot for Colder climates or 30-35 BTUs per square foot for Warmer Climates, as highlighted in the table below:

Gazebo SizeArea (Square Feet)Colder Climate (BTU)Warmer Climate (BTU)
8×8643,200 – 3,8401,920 – 2,240
10×101005,000 – 6,0003,000 – 3,500
10×121206,000 – 7,2003,600 – 4,200
12×121447,200 – 8,6404,320 – 5,040
12×161929,600 – 11,5205,760 – 6,720
12×2024012,000 – 14,4007,200 – 8,400

It’s important to note that since gazebos are open, they do not retain heat very well as enclosed structures; if your Gazebo has open walls, roof, or cover, you will need more BTUs, its essential to consider the direction your gazebo faces, does it get direct wind and sun exposure, and also the climate you live in.

Features To Look for In Gazebo Heaters.

When choosing the best gazebo heaters, there are certain features that we recommend your check that, include energy-saving capabilities and safety features such as tip-over switches and safety switch turn-off.

  • Eco-Friendly Design: It’s essential to check for a gazebo heater that adheres to EPA standards; this means they should be energy efficient and fuel saves for economic purposes.
  • Tip-Over Switch: It’s essential to check for gazebos with security features such as tip-over switches that automatically switch off the heater when tilted past a certain angle.
  • Safety Switch Shut-Off: It’s also ideal to buy a gazebo heater with a safety switch that conveniently turns off the heater in an emergency to prevent fire hazards.

What is the best heater for a gazebo?

Below we have summarized some of the best gazebo heaters available today based on their energy sources; they include the best electric gazebo heaters, propane heaters, and natural gas heaters.

Best Electric Gazebo Heater.

Our number one recommended electric gazebo heater is the EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater; the heater is a ceiling gazebo heater that is easy to set up and use; it features a remote control, has less noise and includes a 5000 hours long life carbon filament lamp—making them ideal for heating small and medium-sized gazebos in the winter and all year-round chilly nights.

With odorless infrared technology, automatic oscillation, remote control function, handy wireless remote control, and budget-friendly pricing, the EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater is a customer favorite.

The heater features a silver plate that helps the lamp disperse heat and helps disperse the heat throughout the space; you can place it in the frames of your gazebo canopy or roof, then plug it in and turn it on.

The EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater requires little maintenance, with more than 5,000 hours long lamps and a grill to protect the lamp from frying insects and small animals.

The EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater has a remote control for adjusting the heat levels in the comfort of your gazebo furniture. It allows you to set the required heat levels during colder or moderate weather.

Suggested Use: The EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater is Protected against rain (IPX4 rated) and can be used in open and screened wall gazebos.

Best Propane Gazebo Heater.

We recommend Mr. Heater Tank Top Radiant Propane Heater as an effective and affordable solution for heating a no-insulated gazebo; it disperses heat widely at an output of 30,000 – 45,000 BTU making it suitable for colder climates.

The heater on Mr. Heater Tank Top Radiant Propane Heater attaches to the top of its propane tank that comes in various sizes ranging from 20 to 100 pounds and lasts for up to ten hours on full blast on the 20-pound tank and 50 hours for the 100 pounds tank.

Mr. Heater Tank Top Radiant Propane Heater height and size allow the gazebo heater to be placed in the most convenient spots in your Gazebo, such as near the sofas, or the dining area, due to the gazebo heater design its easy to transport and place in any locations.

Suggested Use: You can use Mr. Heater Natural-Gas Radiant Heater Mr. Heater Tank Top Radiant Propane Heater in an open-walled gazebo; due to its high BTU, you can use the gazebo heater on largely uncovered gazebos where there is adequate circulation of air.

Best Natural Gas Gazebo Heater.

The Golden Flame Outdoor Natural Gas Heater is well suited for many environments; its upright profile and sleek silhouette make it a versatile gazebo heater that can be used in all sizes of gazebos, its also portable and comes with a compartment for gas heating at the bottom.

The reason we recommend the Golden Flame Outdoor Natural Gas Heater is because of the heater’s safety features; being a gas heater, it contains an automatic tilt sensor that automatically shuts the burner in case of an accident tip.

The Golden Flame Outdoor Natural Gas Heater has a table mount design and an impressive 45,000 BTU heat output, making it ideal for Gazebo with open walls and lots of ventilation.

Some notable features of the Golden Flame Outdoor Natural Gas Heater that make it one of the best natural gas gazebo heaters is that it includes triple safety protection, including flameout protection, dumping and anoxic protection, and a 6-ft flexible gas hose that extends from the burner to the heater at the base.

Our Top Pick

Our best electric heater, the EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater, still happens to be our best Hanging Infrared Gazebo Heater; we love how adjustable the heater is; it comes with chains and hooks to adjust the height of the heater, while so many ceiling heaters have a predetermined height. As a ceiling gazebo heater, it’s easier to maintain electrical wires than gas hoses.

We recommend the EnerG+ Infrared Electric Hanging Gazebo Heater to gazebo owners who want a functional, easy-to-maintain gazebo heater; the heat distribution of ceiling heaters is dispersed evenly compared to freestanding or other types of infrared gazebo heaters.

EnerG+ Infrared Electric gazebo Heater heater hunged in the ceiling of our gazebo, its one of the best gazebo heaters we have used

The EnerG+ Infrared Electric Outdoor Heater also doesn’t occupy foot traffic compared to Tabletop electric heaters and standing heaters, allowing you to use available space for gazebo furniture and décor.

How Do You Maintain an Outdoor Gazebo Heater?

Maintaining your gazebo heater keeps the heating system running and the outdoor gazebo heater operating efficiently; here are some tips we have learned over the years, essential for safety and maintaining your heater in outdoor set-ups.

  • We recommend keeping your gazebo heater away from your furniture and accessories, such as rugs, plants, foliage, or other highly flammable materials, to prevent fire hazards.
  • If you have a gas heater, we recommend you turn off the gas valves when cleaning or not using your outdoor gazebo heater.
  • When the weather changes, such as rain, winds, and storms, we recommend securing your gazebo heater and covering it with a furniture cover to protect t from outdoor elements; we also recommend storing it in a cool and dry place when not in use.
  • To remove stains on stainless steel heaters, we recommend using a stainless-steel cleaner to remove stains that are difficult to remove on metal surfaces.
  • Wash powder-coated gazebo heaters with mild soap and cotton cleaner.

Gazebo Heater Safety Guide.

We have listed down some of the safety features that you will need to follow to get the most out of your gazebo heater and avoid accidental fires, injury to the gazebo occupants, and also damage to the gazebo heater;

An infographic showing gazebo heater safety features to consider when purchasing a gazebo heater. The visuals include: avoiding gazebo heaters with naked flames, checking for a gazebo heater with a CSA safety rating (CSA certification symbol shown), considering a gazebo heater with a thermocouple flame failure device (Image of thermocouple flame failure device), considering a gazebo heater with a weighted base or anti-tilt device.
  • Choose the right outdoor gazebo heater for your Gazebo, depending on the size.
  • Look for safety features like tempered glass tubing.
  • Ensure the gazebo heater has an anti-tilt device.
  • Check for a thermocouple flame failure device.
  • Consider a gazebo heater with a CSA safety rating.
  • Keep the heating for the gazebo device at a safe distance from combustible materials.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and air circulation.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and clearance.
  • Handle and store propane tanks properly.
  • Secure the heater to prevent tilting or toppling.
  • Protect the heater from strong winds.
  • Don’t move the heater with an open flame.
  • Establish fire safety rules when children are present.
  • Perform regular care and maintenance.
  • Repair or replace damaged parts promptly.

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Joanne Nudell

Author: Joanne Nudell

Joanne Nudell, Interior Design Pro & Outdoor Lighting Specialist. Certified in Interior Design & Outdoor Lighting. Passionate about gazebos, blending aesthetics with functionality for stunning outdoor spaces. When she is not designing gazebos, she is busy writing about them, with some of her work being featured in interior design magazines

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