AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater: Review

Review of the AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater

As of this writing, there were 673 customer comments left on Amazon along with 229 answered questions.  I've read through the reviews and then condensed the results into this report.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a heater.

Best Fea​tures

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    Throws off a lot of heat 
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    ​Attractive
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    Doesn't need electric and runs on propane
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    Quiet
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    Safety shut off valve 

Item Specifics

The AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater is a durable heater with a powder-coated finish.  The heat output is 46,000 BTU's.  Piezo ignition how it starts.  A safety auto shut-off tilt valve is an added safety feature. The measurements of the AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater is 18 X 89 inches.  The manufacturer would like you to know that while the product may appear charcoal grey in the shade, sunlight will reveal the rich bronze texture.

You Will Need to Assemble It

The Amazon Basics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater does not come fully assembled.  Many of the customers commented on the assembly of it and had some recommendations.  One customers said to make sure you have a wrench instead of using the tiny one provided.  The customer explained, "This patio heater is well worth the price.  Came packaged very well, is sturdy if put together properly and looks great.  As many reviews indicate the instructions have some problems put if constructed correctly you will have no problems.  Make sure to use some real wrenches / sockets to put it together.  They supply a toy wrench but you will not be able to fully tighten the bolts using it."

Another said what many others were commenting when he said, "If you're in the market for a patio heater and don't mind spending a little time with the (included) wrench and a Phillips-head screwdriver, buy it."

There were some comments complaining about the directions and assemblage and then some that were middle ground.  This customer reports, "Let's start with the good. The unit arrived quickly, well packed, and in good shape. After 90 minute assembly it ignited perfectly and provides wonderful heat on the patio. Would have given it 5-stars except that the assembly instructions are unbelievably bad. Fortunately, it is kind of a no-brainer so in spite of directions that are frequently just wrong, the heater assembly can still be puzzled out."

Make Sure It Is Safe to Light Where You Will Use It

Make sure it is safe and legal to burn propane where you plan to use this heater.  Not all places will allow propane burning.  One customer learned this after she had already purchased the tank.  She explained, "Make sure it is legal to own one where you are. I felt a little strange carrying a 20 lb propane tank into an apartment building and after some googling I learned that it is illegal to carry propane through an apartment building let alone have 20 lbs of propane on your 5th floor balcony."

Will Rust

Many customers reported that this patio heater will rust if left out in the elements.  Here is one response, "Works well but after only a few months, the base is already covered with rust. We store it under our covered deck when not in use, so, it isn't exposed to the elements at all. Bummer."  And one of many more reported the same thing, "Only down side so far is the assembly bolts are regular steel and have rusted significantly. I'll be purchasing stainless replacements so budget for that when comparing prices."

 

Pros

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    Doesn't need electric. Uses propane 
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    Quiet
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    Throws off a lot of heat

Cons

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    Rusts easily 
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    Assembly can be timely

AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater Conclusion

The AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater has some good points and some bad points.  It does throw off a lot of heat.  Many customers were happy with that aspect of it. However it does take quite awhile to assemble and it also rusts if left out in the elements.  Most of the customers who bought this heater were happy with it.  You may enjoy the look of this heater, as did many others.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying an AmazonBasics Havana Bronze Commercial Patio Heater

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    How many hours will one full tank run with this unit on medium setting?  As answered by a customer:  We use ours for about half an hour at a time about 3 evenings per week and a tank will last most of the winter.  
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    How much clearance does it need above it? I have a covered back porch, but it's a pretty short ceiling height?  As answered by a customer:  "It is seven feet and three inches to the rim of the reflector. I could not get an exact distance in height from the rim to the crown. It looks to be about another inch and a half. Just for safety, consider it seven and a half feet tall. Now the reflector does not allow the flames to go past, but it gets pretty hot on top. I would not be comfortable putting it with a ceiling of eight feet of less." 
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    With a full 20 pound tank, how long will it last with this unit?   As answered by a customer:  "Of course it depends on how high of heat you need to operate the heater, however our experience has been around 6 hrs on a tank." 
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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