Reviewed
March 2015
by ConsumerSearch

Best propane patio heater

Pros
  • Easy to light, adjustable flame
  • Includes wheels
  • Attractive design
Cons
  • Confusing instructions
  • Complaints about construction quality

Bottom line

Few patio heaters rate as well as the model 60485 Fire Sense Hammer Tone Bronze Commercial Patio Heater for heat output and ease of use. This is a propane heater, so you will need to buy and return propane canisters, which adds to the cost of ownership. The heater's height and auto shut-off feature make it safe to use. It also has wheels for portability.

Breaking it down

Performance

Puts out plenty of heat. No other propane heater receives as many positive comments about its heat output as the Fire Sense 60485. Users say it burns evenly and quietly and agree it produces "a ton of heat." While some owners caution that the heating range is not nearly the nine-foot radius claimed by the manufacturer, most are more than satisfied with performance. They're also impressed with its looks, which are often described as stylish and attractive.

Ease of use

Easy assembly despite confusing instructions. We found mixed comments on how difficult it is to assemble the Fire Sense 60485. While some reviewers found the instructions to be clear, others were baffled by them. However, even most of those owners go on to explain the actual assembly is not complicated, and they managed to figure it out on their own. Once assembled, owners find the heater very easy to operate. The electronic ignition lights effortlessly, and they like the fact that the flame is adjustable. They're also pleased with such features as the wheels, which make the heater portable, and the automatic tilt shut-off, which enhances the safety factor.

Ownership

Mixed reviews on construction. Most owners describe the Fire Sense 60485 as very well built, but complaints about construction quality and the quality of the supplied instructions make up the bulk of the heater's negative feedback. A few owners at Amazon.com complain that their units were shipped with some missing or damaged parts. Some reports say that customer service is responsive in settling issues, others say that it is not. The heater is backed by a one-year warranty.

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Fire Sense Hammer Tone BronzePatio Heater Review

1. Amazon.com

The Fire Sense Commercial Patio Heater in all of its color and finish options, including the model 60485 Hammer Tone Bronze, gets nearly 450 reviews at Amazon.com. Users give it 4.2 stars out of 5 overall, with praise for its value and performance. Most say it's easy to assemble once you figure out the instructions, which some find clear, but many find confusing. Some complain that the construction quality is disappointing or that they received heaters that were damaged or missing parts.

Review: Fire Sense Hammer Tone Bronze Commercial Patio Heater, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2015

2. HomeDepot.com

The Fire Sense 46,000 Btu patio heater doesn't receive nearly as much feedback at HomeDepot.com -- in fact, less than a dozen reviews at last look -- but does receive similar satisfaction with a 4.3 star rating. One buyer received a damaged unit, one complains of insufficient heat, but everyone else is mostly or completely pleased.

Review: Fire Sense Model # 60485 46,000 BTU Hammered Bronze Propane Gas Patio Heater, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2015

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