Forget toilet paper, outdoor patio heaters are the hottest thing selling right now. If you’re looking for a heater for your outdoor space, you may have difficulty finding one if you shop at big box stores.
Home Depot, Rona, and Canadian Tire are sold out of heaters until restocked, but you can support local and head to one of the retailers listed below (hurry, though, these are selling quickly).
Residential Patio Heaters
Lee Valley Hardware: Lee Valley still has some heaters online. Overhead heaters are $69 each, and you can order one now. Lee Valley’s downtown location is currently out of in-store stock but the Toronto East store still has some available.
Home Hardware: Visit the Home Hardware site and add your current store location. The site has several patio heaters available online that can be picked up curbside (this can take up to 10 days given current demand). There are many Home Hardware locations scattered throughout the GTA.
Dudley’s Hardware: When we last spoke with an employee at Dudley’s, the store had three outdoor space heaters in-stock at $169.95 each.
Industrial Patio Heaters
If you own a restaurant and are searching for ways to heat your socially-distanced patio established through the city’s CaféTO program, there are still some industrial-sized heating options available in town at the following locations.
Nella Cutlery: 40,000 BTU outdoor heaters are available online (pick up in-store or delivered). Propane tanks aren’t included with the purchase, so make sure to buy one ahead of time.
Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment: Nikolaou has ordered five patio heaters and is awaiting delivery. Call the store for more details (416) 504-6411).
Currently, Amazon.ca has some industrial and residential heaters available, but they are selling quickly (and delivery times may be delayed). Some companies on Facebook are renting commercial space heaters — it may be worth a call to see if these are still available.
A last resort might be to purchase a patio heater through Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace. You’ll pay a premium for a heater through a third-party seller, but it’s one way to gather safely as the weather turns colder.