Heating is the biggest energy consumer. In an average household, the bill for heating is usually the highest (for winter months, of course).
Propane heaters one of the most cost-efficient ways of heating. They deliver more BTU per $ than electricity. This is due to the low price of propane and high burning energy-efficiency.
That’s why we have a whole range of heaters, powered by propane. From the best indoor propane heaters to bazooka, patio, convention, and propane space heaters, all of them utilize the same advantage:
Sheer cost-efficiency of propane.
The other advantage of the best propane heaters over electric ones is portability. You can take a propane heater pretty much anywhere (outside the house, camping, etc.) because you don’t need electrical wiring.
In short, that portable propane heaters can have 100x more heating capacity than any battery-powered electric heater.
LM recommends 8 best propane heaters for different uses (portable, forced air, space heater, patio heater, and so on). You can check them further on.
But first, let’s solidify how using any propane heater can reduce heating costs with a bit of calculation. Let’s say we want a heater that will produce 1,000,000 BTU of heat. Here’s an estimate of how much that costs for an electric vs. propane heater:
- 1,000,000 BTU from electric heaters costs about $38.66.
- 1,000,000 BTU from propane heaters costs about $20.65*.
*Using the propane price of $1.9/gallon (data from EIA), 92,000 BTU/gallon for propane heating output and 100% efficiency. Propane heaters’ efficiency is usually between 70% and 80%; some are close to 100%.
In short, propane heaters are both cost-efficient and portable. We will also address the safety concerns, especially when propane heaters are used indoors.
Here is the full list and comparison of the best propane heaters in a particular category:
List Of 8 Best Propane Heaters (Followed By Reviews)
This list is in no particular order:
- Best Portable Propane Heater: Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy.
- Best Bazooka Propane Heater: Mr. Heater MH60QFAV.
- Best Indoor Propane Heater: Mr. Heater F299730.
- Best Outdoor Patio Propane Heater: Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG.
- Best Propane Space Heater: Bluegrass B30TPB-BB Vent Free.
- Best Propane Convection Heater: Dura Heat LPC80.
- Best Propane Forced Air Heater: Dyna-Glo, RMC-FA150NGDGD.
- Best Outdoor Propane Heater: Mr. Heater MH30T Double Tank.
Best Portable Propane Heater (Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy)
Portable propane heaters are the best ones at utilizing both advantages of propane:
- Portability. You can use it for camping, heating tents, cabins, garages, and so on.
- Cost-efficiency of propane. Mr. Heater F232000 has an almost 100% propane energy-efficiency.
Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy can deliver from 4,000 BTU/h to 9,000 BTU/h heating output. This is enough to heat areas to 225 sq ft:
To make it even more portable, the Mr. Heater F232000 has a ready handle. On itself, this portable propane heater weighs about 10 lbs.
What you have to take into account is the 20 lbs propane tank. If you set a portable propane heater in the garage, you won’t have problems with that. However, if you want to go on a hike and camping, carrying 20 lbs propane tank is not ideal.
The good side of the tank for a portable propane heater is that it holds quite a lot of energy. 1 gallon of propane can deliver up to 92,000 BTU of heating output (at 100% efficiency). 20 lbs is about 2.4 gallons; you can get about 200,000 BTU out of that.
With 4,000 BTU/h to 9,000 BTU/h of power, the full propane tank will power the portable propane heater anywhere from 22 to 50 hours.
All in all, portable propane heaters have to be reliable and have high-efficiency. Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy has both, and it has superb consumer reviews:
Best Bazooka Propane Heater (Mr. Heater MH60QFAV)
Bazooka propane heaters are named for their very distinctive look. They literally look like a bazooka and are powered by propane.
You can use them in a car garage, in the workshop, in construction sites, in your backyard, and so on.
Bazooka propane heaters are powerful, capable of delivering over 50,000 BTU/h of heating power. The major concern with every bazooka propane heater are the higher noise levels.
Mr. Heater MH60QFAV is the best bazooka propane heater precisely because it can deliver up to 60,000 BTU/h of heating output and has a quieter operation:
Mr. Heater uses QBT technology for all of their forced-air propane heaters. This is the reason for lower noise rates.
This bazooka propane heater can heat up to 1,500 sq ft areas if you run it at the maximum of 60,000 BTU/h output. With a 20 lbs propane tank, you can run it in the high setting for about 7 hours.
If you reduce the heating output to 30,000 BTU (up to 750 sq ft coverage area), the 20 lbs propane tank will last for about 14 hours.
All in all, Mr. Heater MH60QFAV has everything you would want from a bazooka-shaped propane heater. It has more than 50,000 BTU/h of power, silent operation, and, as all Mr. Heater propane heaters, it’s known to be reliable:
Best Indoor Propane Heater (Mr. Heater F299730)
Indoor propane heaters are used as primary or, more often, supplemental heaters. You can use an indoor propane heater to heat a room by itself or work as a cost-effective auxiliary to the central heating system.
One of the best and most powerful indoor propane heaters is the 30,000 BTU Mr. Heater F299730. In fact, it does generate enough heat to heat spaces to 750 sq ft by itself. That can include one or several rooms and even small apartments.
The blue flame you can see below creates an even convection heat:
With indoor propane heaters, you always have to look for safety measures. Nothing should go wrong, but if something does, it’s useful to have a safety net. In the case of Mr. Heater F299730, the safety net is the automatic low oxygen shut-off system.
This ODS system automatically turns off the Mr. Heater F299730 indoor propane heater if the oxygen levels fall too low.
It also has very effective propane usage. The Mr. Heater F299730 will burn through 1.389 lbs of propane every hour. This number is CSA certified. That quite a low figure for 30,000 BTU of heating output.
All in all, an indoor propane heater should be strong enough, have high efficiency, and indoor propane heater safety mechanisms like ODS. Mr. Heater F299730 has all this, is made by a reliable company, and has an affordable below $200 price tag:
Best Outdoor Patio Propane Heater (Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG)
Most outdoor patio heaters are powered by propane. Patios can be quite big; that means that patio propane heaters need to deliver quite a lot of energy.
You can check LM’s recommendations for the best patio heaters here. The most well-known and best-rated is the Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG propane patio heater.
It can deliver up to 40,000 BTU/h of energy. That’s enough to heat patios to 175 sq ft.
The essential thing about propane patio heaters is the stability. They are very tall (Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG’s height is 91 inches) and patios can be windy. That’s why they must have substantial weigh with the center of mass as low as possible:
The propane patio heater’s pyramid shape transduces heat to people in the patio the two-piece quartz glass tube. The quartz adds style to your patio and the safe propane-heating process creates that cozy patio atmosphere during the cold winter months.
Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG operates with a 20 lbs propane tank. That tank is enough for the propane heater to last up to 10 hours.
All in all, propane heaters for patios need to be stable and powerful enough to create a cozy atmosphere. They have, however, a higher price tag than other simple and smaller propane heaters. The Hiland HLDSO1-WGTHG is the best patio heater, powered by propane:
Best Propane Space Heater (Bluegrass B30TPB-BB Vent Free)
Propane space heaters are specifically designed to heat a room.
Here are the kinds of fuels propane space heaters can use to generate heat:
“Space heater capacities generally range between 10,000 Btu and 40,000 Btu per hour, and commonly run on electricity, propane, natural gas, and kerosene.” (DOE On Space Heaters)
Propane and electric space heaters are the most popular. Electric heaters are more convenient (plug it in) but propane space heaters can be up to 50% more cost-effective.
Bluegrass B30TPB-BB is a vent-free space heater, running on liquid propane. It has 30,000 BTU heat output in accordance with DOE’s general capacity range. That’s enough to heat rooms to 1,400 sq ft. That includes small, medium, as well as larger rooms:
As always with indoor propane heaters, you need to look at the safety mechanisms heaters have.
Bluegrass B30TPB-BB has an automatic thermostat control, built-in oxygen depletion sensor, and a push-button Piezo ignition. All these safety measures are used to make the Bluegrass B30TPB-BB safe to use indoors. In addition, the whole propane space heater is assembled and tested in the USA.
The additional advantage Bluegrass B30TPB-BB has over other propane space heaters is the vent-free gas burner. You don’t need ducting or a chimney to run the Bluegrass B30TPB-BB.
All in all, Bluegrass B30TPB-BB is one of the propane space heaters with the best specs. It’s assembled and tested in the USA, can deliver 30,000 BTU of heating output (within DOE’s mentioned range), and has several safety mechanisms that make it safe to use indoors:
Best Propane Convection Heater (Dura Heat LPC80)
Convection heaters are very versatile. In short, propane convection heaters are barrel-shaped heaters powered by liquid propane that generate and spread heat in every direction.
They can be quite powerful and cheap. Dura Heat LPC80, the best propane convection heater, can generate 80,000 BTU/h of heating output. The unit costs less than $150.
That alone is amazing. Propane-powered convection heaters might look ugly, but they can generate almost 1000 BTU/h of energy for almost every 1$ of unit cost:
It also has a 40 lbs, instead of 20 lbs propane tank. With the 40 lbs propane tank, this propane convection heaters can generate heat for up to 17 hours.
It has some safety measures like automatic shut-off. However, all convection heaters, including Dura Heat LPC80, need to be properly ventilated.
All in all, if you’re looking for sheer heating power at the lowest possible cost, the Dura Heat LPC80 is the best choice:
Best Propane Forced Air Heater (Dyna-Glo RMC-FA150NGDGD)
Propane forced air heaters are the most powerful propane heaters. They can be used in construction projects, big warehouses, garages, and so on. For ordinary garages, you’ll need one of these garage heaters here.
The best propane forced air heater – the Dyna-Glo RMC-FA150NGDGD – can generate 150,000 BTU of heating output. That’s the most powerful propane heater on the list, capable of generating almost double the maximum BTU heating output of the 2nd most powerful propane heater.
Here is how you can set up Dyna-Glo RMC-FA150NGDGD forced air propane heater:
The effect of a 150,000 BTU propane heater is instantaneous. With so much heating airflow, you can heat entire floors in just a couple of minutes.
There are only two drawbacks: It needs electricity to run and on many occasions, you won’t find the propane-powered forced air heater in stock. In such a case, you can get the natural gas model. It has nearly the same specs and is built with the same quality and reliability as it’s propane cousin:
Best Outdoor Propane Heater (Mr. Heater MH30T Double Tank)
There are many kinds of outdoor propane heaters. The Mr. Heater MH30T Double Tank is the most versatile of them all. It’s basically a canister of propane with the ignition mechanism.
You can use it for all kinds of outdoor activities. Camping is a good example:
You can attach a 20 lbs propane tank and use it right away. It does not need electricity for ignition: