How to light a propane heater

How to light a propane heater
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Knowing how to light a propane heater is essential if you want to use your propane-fueled patio heater. Patio heaters are ideal for turning your backyard into an inviting space in the colder months. They allow you to enjoy spending time outside, whatever the temperature.

Once you’ve committed, you’ll need to learn how to light it. Here, we guide you step-by-step to boost your confidence. Plus, that means one less thing to worry about when entertaining guests. 

It’s crucial to follow the correct steps to protect yourself. Even the best patio heaters (opens in new tab) can be a fire hazard if you don’t take the necessary precautions. We’ve asked an expert to talk us through how to light a propane heater to give you peace of mind.

How to light a propane heater

“With patio heaters, it’s possible to recreate a cozy feeling on colder evenings," says Jonathan Fargion, landscape designer and founder of Landsthetica. "I advise many of my clients to install a patio heater to extend the enjoyment of their outdoor space as far as possible in the winter season,” he adds.

It’s vital to learn how to light a propane heater correctly to stay safe. Thankfully, it’s a straightforward process with the right know-how. Check your manual for model-specific instructions. 

1. Choose a suitable location

It may seem obvious, but it’s essential to position your patio heater in an unenclosed space, or you risk a nasty case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure the patio heater is on a non-flammable surface, such as concrete. 

2. Connect the heater and the fuel source

Open the valve cap. Place the regulator inside to connect the propane tank and the heater.

3. Open the valve

Open the valve fully to allow the gas to flow through it. 

4. Ignite

With high-end models, you may be able to ignite your heater at the press of a button. Otherwise, hold a lighted match in the meshed area of the regulator. A top tip is to use a long-handled version to avoid burning your fingers. Press the shut-off valve button for about 45 seconds after it lights.

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Louise Bond

Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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