The types of heaters used by campers and caravaners are usually small, portable and efficient and this means that some of them can double up as garden heaters.
Camping style heaters can run off electricity, gas, or oil and since versatility and ease of transport are their main features, some of them can work very well if you want localised heat around a patio table or small gathering.
Most of these camper heaters are small and compact, have very low running costs and weigh very little. They can also be cheap to buy.
On the down side, camper style heaters are built for practicality and therefore they offer little in the way of rustic charm. However, if you want a small heater that is easy to set up, easy to use and easy to store away, they are ideal.
Many of these heaters a very basic to look at and compose nothing more than the gas bottle, burner, protector and reflector.
Examples of Camper Heaters
At the cheapest end of the scale there are small portable gas powered parabolic heaters. These heaters can often be carried in one hand and have an adjustable burner, a protective cage or mesh, and a directional heat reflective surface to maximise efficiency.
These heaters literally cost peanuts and a small one can generate up to 1 KW of heat. The real cost of using this kind of heater is in the cost of the gas bottle refills used for power.
Larger butane gas heaters cost more (although they are still very cheap) and they may resemble something closer to an old style mini stove. They are still very portable, but have a higher heat output.
At the top end of the size scale there are cabinet heaters that look and perform like regular domestic cabinet heaters.
You should always check out the details of any camping or caravan heater that you consider buying for outdoor use.
Although camping heaters are used in an outdoor environment, they do have the benefit of the waterproof tent for protective cover and this will not be present if the use is modified to that of a patio or garden heater.