Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG Patio Heater Review

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Best Patio Heater ReviewsThere’s no greater joy than hanging out on a veranda with friends and family and enjoying a pleasant evening. However, as the days shorten, nights can start to get a little chilly. That’s when it’s nice to have a pyramid patio heater that can help you and your guests stay warm and keep the good times going.

Sometimes, however, you don’t have a large footprint available, or you don’t want to worry about the open flame from a fire pit. That’s when it’s nice to have a pyramid radiant heater. These heaters only take up about 2’ x 2’ of floor space, but can radiate heat out to 15 feet or more, depending on how windy it is.

Product Overview

This elegant patio heater officially measures in at 89-inches tall and has a hammered bronze finish. It also has wheels on one of its four sides, allowing you to move it where you need it. It runs on a standard 10-pound propane tank and kicks out a whopping 40,000 BTUs.

This type of heater is extremely versatile in where you can place it. Because it has a safety cage and doesn’t rely on an open flame, you don’t have to worry about small children or animals getting accidentally hurt. It also has an automatic shut off feature should the heater be tipped over.

The propane tank is easily stored in the covered base and comes with a standard pressure regulator and hose connector. It is extremely easy to light and uses a push-button electric ignitor to generate a spark. In operation, it’s very similar to a gas grill.

When lit, the gas is burned inside of a clear glass tube, which creates an enclosed flame that is aesthetically pleasing. As you turn the heater up, the flame will climb the interior and provide a flickering ambiance. The light from the flame isn’t extremely bright, it’s much like a very large candle, but a pair or more will definitely provide enough light to gather around and socialize.

Here are some of the specifics of this pyramid patio heater as provided by the manufacturer.

● Patio Heater base measures at 21.5” x 21”. The .5” is due to the wheel assembly on one side.
● Patio Heater height is 89”.
● Single-sided access to propane tank storage.
● Quartz glass tube with mesh safety cage.
● An anti-tilt safety device shuts off the heater automatically.
● Solid steel construction with a hammered bronze finish.
● It provides radiant heat in about a 6′ radius depending on weather conditions.

Safety Information

As with any heater that uses propane as its fuel source, there are some safety considerations that you should be aware of. The first is that after each use, you should ensure that the regulator valve is completely closed. You don’t want propane pooling in the storage area if the control knob is bumped open. Other safety tips include:

● After operation, wait at least 45 minutes before handling your heater. Ensure that all elements are cool to the touch.
● When storing the patio heater during off-months, disconnect the propane tank completely.
● Store the heater upright to avoid damage to the quartz glass and burner assembly.
● Only use the heater in well-ventilated areas to prevent a dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide.
● Never paint the reflector or any movable parts. The extreme heat from the heater can cause dangerous fumes to be emitted.
● Do not hang clothing from the heater.
● Whenever using the heater, ensure that it is on level ground to avoid tipping accidents.
● Because the tube is made of glass, it cannot get wet during operation. Splashing liquid can cause the tube to crack or shatter.
● Maintain a 3’ clearance over the heater and at least 2’ between the heater and any walls.
● When using for the first time in a season and at least weekly, check the connections and hose for leaks.

Checking the regulator, fittings, and hose for leaks is extremely important, but it’s also very easy to do. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a quart of water and stir until well blended. Apply the soapy mixture to the hose and fittings with a sponge. Turn the regulator on, but do not turn the heater on. If there is a leak, you’ll see soap bubbles form.

If you do see soap bubbles form, then disconnect the propane tank immediately. Promptly replace the hose and fittings before using the patio heater again. While applying the soapy water during the leak test, make sure not to get the gas control assembly wet.

Cleaning Tips

It’s no good having a beautiful patio heater if you can’t see the flame or it’s not safe to operate. About once a month you should clean and inspect your heater.

One of the key things that you want to look for, especially if you live near saltwater, is corrosion around the fittings and the ignition unit. Saltwater increases the rate of corrosion, which can cause ignitor failure and propane leaks.

When cleaning the heater, never use strong chemicals. That’s because the extreme heat output can break down residue and create noxious fumes. Use warm soapy water and rinse it clean. However, never wash the burner and pilot assembly or the gas control area.

Inspect the burner tube to ensure that there is no carbon buildup. If there is, soapy water and a sponge should be more than enough to clean it. Don’t use harsh abrasives as those could score and make the tube unsafe for use.

Remember that if you haven’t used your heater for a while, insects, rodents, or even birds can make it a new home. Thoroughly inspect the burner tube, the gas control assembly, and the regulator and connections. Use a microfiber cleaning cloth to remove any spider webs.

While maintenance isn’t a lot of fun, taking 15 minutes every month to check your patio heater can save you a lot of worries if something does go wrong.

Pros and Cons of this Model

When it comes to deciding if this model of patio heater is the one for you, it’s best to look at the pros and cons of the specific model to see if it suits your needs. These bullet points are gleaned from customer reviews as well as manufacturer feedback.

Pros

● Relatively small footprint.
● Extremely high BTU output for the size of the unit.
● Flickering flame in the tube is aesthetically pleasing.
● Safety cage adds safety to prevent accidental contact burns.
● Tip-over safety shutoff.
● Hammered bronze finish fits with numerous décor options.
● Easily movable from place to place, enabling versatile placement options.
● Propane fueled, so safe to place near water, such as the pool or Jacuzzi.

Cons

● Radiant heaters have limited heating capability in the open air, especially during windy conditions
● Not suitable for indoors or enclosed areas.
● It cannot be used in the rain.

Summary

This AZ Patio Heater is both elegant and functional. If you want something that’s going to add a touch of class to your patio or poolside and keep you warm at the same time, this pyramid patio heater is a great choice. With the elegant hammered bronze finish and the quartz tube providing gentle illumination during the dusk and evening, you, your family, and your guests will all feel welcome in its gentle glow.