As the temperature starts to drop and the days get shorter, picnics and park hangs normally start winding down (replaced by happy hours at busy bars and dinner parties in friends’ kitchens). But this year has been anything but normal, and it’s going to take some creativity to keep the distanced outdoor hang-outs going in the fall and winter, potentially by bringing the heat outside. If you’re wondering where to buy outdoor heaters, you'll be happy to hear that there are still some in stock out there.
This is good news because these heaters are really hard to find right now. Between restaurants outfitting their patios for chilly evenings, and homeowners or renters looking to bring the warmth outdoors, it’s going to take more than a trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot to find an outdoor heater. They’re sold out all over the place.
Fair warning: you’ll probably want to move fast if you see something you like here; The New York Times put out a list of outdoor heaters in early October, and almost every single item on the list is now out of stock. So take a look at the heaters below, then picture yourself toasty outside in the middle of winter.
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