Hampton Bay 38,200 BTU Propane Patio Heater
The unit has adjustable reflectors to direct the heat where you need it the most. Being able to tilt the head and the reflectors are two of the best selling points for selecting this model.
No pilot light but quick heating with electronic ignition
38,200 BTU heats up to 120 sq. ft.
Adjustable heat-focusing reflectors
Wheels make it convenient to move.
Complaints that the unit rusts
Bolts are short and tend to loosen
Complaints of missing parts
- Size: 86" tall
- Weight: 81.8 pounds
- 38,200 BTUs heats up to 120 sq. ft.
- Propane-fueled, propane tank not included
- Heat-focusing reflectors adjust to offer excellent heat distribution
- Anti-tilt design and flame failure cut-off switch for safety
- Fitted with wheels for portability
- Weighted base offers stability
- Hinged cylinder chamber door provides easy access
- No pilot light - fast ignition and no potential pilot blockage
- Heater has an electronic ignition system
Assembly may take up to an hour with a Phillips screwdriver and a socket set, but the process is easy and is well-explained in the instructions.
Powder-coated in bronze, the heater never looks tarnished from the weather. However, some customers have complained that the bolts used in the assembly may rust.
The heater comes with a vinyl cover for the head.
Fuel, Efficiency, And Range
It has reflectors that can be adjusted with a handle to focus on the part of the circle where guests are congregating to make them more comfortable and save energy. The reflectors effectively do what they are intended to do – focus the heat where you want it.
The Hampton Bay 378,200 BTU has a range of 120 feet.
Though the heater has a weighted base (due to the weight of the propane cylinder), it has an anti-tilt design and flame failure cut-off switch for safety in case the winds are too strong. The heater is hard to knock over accidentally, but it is easy to roll to a sheltered area if there are tornado or hurricane warnings in the area.
When the unit is not in use, you can open the chamber to turn off the gas. Removing the propane cylinder or disconnecting it from the heater is the safest way to go when the heater will not be used for a while or when moving it to storage for the winter. If you are not using the heater for a while, you should remove the battery from the ignition switch.
The heater should be used outdoors but can be used in a well-ventilated porch or garage with a minimum of 30% of its surface area open. If it is used on a screened-in porch, it should be 40" from the screens. This unit is not recommended for use under awnings or fabric sun shade, pergola covers, or canopies. The heater should not be left unattended.
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How It Stacks Up To The Rest
Though this is a Home Depot product, the company does not stock replacement parts, so the buyer has to contact customer service and wait.