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3 Things You Should Know About Mushroom Head Heaters

Posted on November 11, 2015

parasolSchwank-coloursThe most common type of patio heater is without a doubt the portable mushroom head patio heaters. These heaters can be seen on restaurant patios all over the world, but are they the most effective way to keep your customers comfortable? The simple answer to this question is, absolutely not.

Mushroom Head patio heaters do offer some advantages when talking about portability, cost, or if you simply do not have a structure on your patio to hang your heaters. This is a clear case of “you get what you pay for” and unfortunately for restaurant owners looking to keep their customers warm year round, the cons far outweigh the pros of when purchasing these types of heaters.

Below are 3 things you should know about mushroom head heaters:


They are often in the way


Restaurants are very crowded and busy areas with people constantly getting up and walking around. It’s only a matter of time before someone accidentally trips and bumps into a mushroom head heater, knocking it out and potentially burning one of your customers. Next thing you know, your restaurant is liable for injuring a customer leading to all sorts of problems.

How overhead patio heaters solve this issue

Overhead heaters are out of the way and hang from a structure above, meaning nobody can bump into them or get injured no matter how crowded your patio is.

They do not heat as effectively as overhead heaters


Typically, mushroom head heaters use infrared technology to heat objects instead of air, which is great for comfort and saving money on your gas bill. Unfortunately, they usually are not placed properly and do not put out enough heat to heat all your customers comfortably. This leads customers to complain that it is too cold and request that the heaters move closer to them. The manager or waitress then has to wheel the heater over and hope that the customers at the other tables don’t complain.

How overhead patio heaters solve this issue

Overhead patio heaters are designed to be mounted perfectly in order to direct heat to the appropriate areas and ensure that all tables are receiving the same amount of comfort. patioSchwank offers a free design service to ensure proper heater placement to keep your customers as comfortable as possible.

Propane tanks can be costly and need to be refilled


Some portable heaters can be fixed into the ground in order to use natural gas, however, this limits the ability to move them. As for the portable propane models, a propane tank is required in order to function. This means expensive propane bottles must be replaced by the waitress or restaurant owner which can be annoying and costly.

How overhead patio heaters solve this issue

Overhead heaters are connected to a natural gas pipeline that provides natural gas to the burner in order to avoid refilling costly propane tanks.

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