Autumn always seems to crop up quickly. You may want to plan now for how you’ll keep your patio or your garden warm in cooler weather, so you can continue to enjoy the fresh air. Within this article, you will learn all you need to know to create a warm and cosy atmosphere in your garden for family and friends with our choice of fire pits and patio heaters in the Algarve.
Outdoor patio heaters come in many shapes and forms, from wall-mounted infrared heat lamps to permanently installed fire pits that run on the same natural gas line as your stove. Moreover, there are a couple of things to consider when choosing an outdoor heater. Let’s find out!
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The first thing to consider when choosing an outdoor heater is location. First, you need to determine the size of the space that you want to heat. If you’re just a few bodies around a blanket, a small heater should suffice. Still, if you’re looking for something to provide warmth in an outdoor dining area that can fit slightly larger groups, you might opt for a larger freestanding heater, which you can also move, but not as quickly.
In addition to considering your space, you’ll want to think about the type of fuel source. If you are looking to purchase a patio heater in Algarve, you should opt for either propane-fueled or electric heaters, which are two of the most common and user-friendly styles.
Different construction materials of fire pits and patio heaters
- Aluminium. It’s a lightweight material that doesn’t rust and is pretty much indestructible.
- Wood. If you treat this material properly is a good one but look out for the harder woods such as cedar or teak.
- Wrought Iron – The other all-year-round choice. It’s heavier in weight and also rustproof provided that the powder coating isn’t chipped.
- Mosaic Outdoor Dining Furniture – Generally part of a wrought iron construction these tabletop surfaces really look the part.
Choosing an outdoor heater: Patio Heaters
There are good and bad things to say about patio heaters. If you are thinking about getting one, read the following questions:
Are patio heaters safe on a covered porch?
You can use a patio heater under a covered patio as long as you have the correct type of heater and the heater fits within the patio’s dimensions. While they are safer than fire pits for lighting under a roof, each type of heater needs a different amount of clearance. Contact our experts for more info regarding this matter.
Are outdoor heaters bad for the environment?
No outdoor heater is “good” for the environment. Unfortunately, wrapping up in blankets is the only natural eco-friendly way to stay warm in your garden during cooler or colder months. Gas patio heaters are one of the worst in terms of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions they emit.
In this sense, fire pits and chimineas aren’t great either. When wood is burned, it releases harmful pollutants, such as small particles known as PM2.5. These tiny particles can be easily inhaled and can enter the bloodstream. Wet logs and house coal emit higher levels of PM, so if you still want to invest in a fire pit, always burn dry wood.
Each style of outdoor patio heater has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of portability and décor. However, the primary factor to consider when it comes to safety is your patio heater’s heat capacity and fuel efficiency.
#ProTip The heat emitted by your patio heater is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). There is no exact way to calculate the correct number of BTUs for your outdoor space; however, it is recommended that you select a unit that offers approximately 5,000 BTUs per 100 square feet.
Are patio heaters safe for children?
If you are grilling with your kids in your outdoor dining space during Autumn or Winter, you should be the one who always operates the patio heaters. For children’s safety, it is vital to establish fire safety rules and boundaries for patio heater operation.
A good rule is that no one under the age of 15 should touch the patio heater. This also includes switching it on or off and moving the heater.
❌ #ProTip Don’t allow young children to empty or replace gas tanks as they could injure themselves and damage the tank if they drop it.
Moreover, if your patio is a high traffic area for the kids or pets, ensure the heater is in a space where children won’t accidentally touch it during play.
Here are some more fire pit and patio heater safety tips
- Before using your garden fire pit, ensure it’s in a safe location and away from any combustible surfaces.
- Make sure that it isn’t too close to your property.
- Make sure there’s nothing hanging nearby that could catch fire.
- Position your outdoor fire pit in the middle of your patio, so you have plenty of room to move around it safely and it’s not too close to trees, plants or combustible surfaces.
- Take fire safety precautions. For example, have a fire extinguisher, fire blanket or at least a bucket of water/sand nearby.
- After you finish your activity outdoors, ensure that the fire is completely extinguished.
- If you have chosen a fire pit that doesn’t have legs or which gets very hot, you may need to protect the surface underneath.
Our fire pits and patio heaters available in Algarve
The nicest-looking small outdoor heaters
- FARO Outdoor Patio Heater595.00€
The best large outdoor heaters
The best splurge-worthy large outdoor heaters
Patio heaters are powered by gas or electricity and come in all shapes and sizes. You can also find heaters for a wide range of budgets.
Plus, there will be no ash to worry about. You’ll also have instant heat, with some also offering temperature control. However, patio heaters won’t give the same experience as a fire pit or a chiminea, and you won’t be able to cook on them either.
Having a fire pit in your garden will ensure you can enjoy the outdoors for longer when the sun goes in, and who doesn’t enjoy sitting and looking at an open fire?
Would you prefer a patio heater or a fire pit? Let us know in the comment section below.
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