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In winter, gas heaters and open fires are great additions to your outdoor entertaining area. While it's lovely basking in their warmth, it's important to be mindful of safety. The team at Fiammetta share their top hints and tips.

How to set up your outdoor heater

When setting up your outdoor gas heater, position it in a well-ventilated outdoor area, on flat, level and stable ground.

Be mindful that natural gas heaters generate excellent radiant heat, so they need plenty of clearance from combustible materials such as overhead ceilings, awnings or shade sails. Be sure to check the required clearances on the manufacturer's instructions.

Never take your outdoor gas heater indoors. These are designed specifically for open-air use.

Various outdoor heaters outside

Check gas cylinder for leaks

It's also important to check the cylinder to regulator connection for leaks - this is easy to do. Make a soap solution of one part liquid detergent and one part water. Ensure the valve on the gas cylinder is off. Then open the gas cylinder valve and using a soft bristle brush apply the water and detergent solution to the gas supply connection. If there's a gas leak, soap bubbles will appear.

If that happens, turn off the gas immediately. Tighten leaking fittings and then re-check. Don't operate the appliance until all gas leaks have been fixed. 

Regularly check the hose fittings for any faults or signs of wear and tear. Replace anything that's not in top condition Always store gas cylinders outdoors and in a secure, well ventilated, but covered location.

Firepit outdoors

Burn your fire safely

Before installing or purchasing a fireplace or firepit check the appropriate authorities in your area for regulations about burning outdoors.

Always install your firepit or outdoor fireplace on a stable, level and non-combustible surface such as concrete or brick. Once lit, never leave your fire unattended.  Be wary of sparks, use a screen, always have a fire extinguisher handy, and be sure it's in working order.

It's a messy job, but get into the habit of cleaning your firepit and fireplace regularly by removing and disposing of ash. Always check there are no live embers or coals when you do this. Use a metal container to store and carry the ash. Check and clean the fireplace flue too, that way you avoid sooty build up that could catch alight.

For the best fire, select good quality, dry wood to burn. Hardwood is best because it burns hotter, more completely and creates less smoke. Don't use treated pine or accelerants such as petrol to light or rekindle the fire.

When cooking on your outdoor fireplace, use quality utensils that have long handles and are made from cast iron.

Always watch children and pets around outdoor heaters and particularly open fires and always the manufacturer's instructions.

Get your outdoor heater

Check out the full range of Fiammetta outdoor heaters available at your local Bunnings store and view our tips on how to choose the right outdoor heater

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.