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Maximize the use of your covered outdoor living area with heating solutions that keep you cosy all winter long, as well as during those chilly summer nights!

Whether you have an outdoor space fully or semi-enclosed, the right heating option can help you enjoy your outdoor space even during the colder months. From ambient fire pits to traditional electric patio heaters, selecting the perfect heater ensures you can continue wining and dining outdoors well throughout the year.

What To Consider When Choosing Outdoor Heating

1. Ventilation Needs

Different fuels require varying levels of ventilation. Natural fuels like wood need adequate ventilation to both feed the fire and prevent excessive smoke. For semi-enclosed spaces, a fire pit may be an option but ensure it is safely positioned away from timber structures and there is no direct heat onto the roofing materials.

For conservatories, an electric infrared heater is ideal. They achieve a better heat coverage provide quicker warmth than a conventional electric heater, as they heat objects directly rather than heat the space by moving the air about the room.

For fully enclosed spaces it is not recommended to use a gas patio heater due to ventilation concerns.

2. Optimal Heater Positioning 

When hanging any heater make sure the installation instructions regarding proximity to flammable building materials are adhered to.

It is key to position your heating to maximise the warmth of your seating area. Moving heating can be challenging or impossible, especially if your outdoor space is sizable and your budget not so!

As electric heaters are often powered from a home’s main supply they might have positioning limitations. Mounting or hanging numerous electric strip heaters is often a technique adopted by pubs or restaurants and can also be effective in a residential setting.

Outdoor fires and fire pits need to be positioned to provide warmth to all seating areas.

3. Shelter Provided by Your Outdoor Space 

When you have an outdoor space fully or semi-enclosed then you have the option to use a range of heating options without the fear of rain dampening them. Ensure proper ventilation and a safe positioning to avoid hazards.

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4. Cooking in Your Outdoor Space

If the answer is yes then a clean burning fuel (i.e. gas or electric) is recommended to provide a pleasant atmosphere free from smoke and other pollutants! However, there is the option to convert a fire pit into a BBQ.

By considering these factors, you can create a warm and inviting outdoor living space to enjoy throughout the year. Choose the right heating solution to ensure comfort and extend the usability of your outdoor area.