Enjoy winter with an outdoor heater

Rather than retreating indoors during the colder months, think about an outdoor heater. There are plenty of stylish, affordable and energy-efficient options available, so you can enjoy your outdoor space all year round.

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Gas heaters

Outdoor gas heaters are portable and affordable. Using radiant heat, you get a steady stream of warmth that’s easy to control. They’re also clean burning and practically odourless.

You’ll find an outdoor gas heater in a style and size to suit any outdoor space. Table-top heaters are great for smaller spaces, while patio heaters are best for larger areas. Use them to warm up your patio, deck, around the pool or in bars and restaurants.

Some gas heaters can be hooked up to your natural gas line but for portable heaters you’ll need a propane gas bottle. Either way, it’s an energy efficient and economical way to keep warm outdoors .

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Wood Heaters

Chimeneas come in a range of styles and shapes. Just like a potbelly stove, they work by burning wood but you can use anything from newspapers to garden waste. It’s like having a portable fireplace on your patio.

The great thing about chimeneas is that the fire is contained. The wind can’t trouble your flames and you won’t get ash or smoke blown into your face. Plus, they retain heat very well.

Fire pits offer an open fire, which you can keep building up with as much wood as the pit will hold. They come in a variety of bowl shapes and sizes and make great centrepieces. The best thing is that you get 360° heat that people can gather around. However, your fire is more vulnerable to the elements and can get a bit smoky.

Wood heaters are a good option for contained, undercover outdoor spaces. Beautifully designed and environmentally friendly, these heaters look great and offer reliable radiant heat with low emissions. Plus, they’re safe, retain heat well and can warm up larger areas quickly.

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What to Consider When Buying a Heater

Before you purchase an outdoor heater, it’s important to consider the size and function of your area. Is it undercover or open? Do you use it to relax or entertain? How many people will you be hosting?

You should also think about how the heater will be used. If you have a large space then a radiant style heater is going to keep everyone warm at the same time, while portable heaters create a bit more ambience and are ideal for smaller gatherings.

Fuel is also a consideration. Electricity may be more expensive than gas, but there are still energy-efficient electric outdoor heaters. If you choose a wood heater you’ll need to have a steady supply of firewood.

Also think about any ways of enhancing the effect. Installing clear bistro blinds is worth considering. They seal in the heat and still let you enjoy the view of your garden without feeling the cold.

Electric heaters

Heatstrips are a stylish and energy-efficient heating option for undercover outdoor areas. They’re ceiling mounted and provide radiant heat, which is more effective than convection heating and provides targeted warmth.

With their understated style, these heaters make a great design feature and fit in with any décor. They don’t emit any light or glow either so you will hardly notice them. For smaller spaces you’ll probably only need to install one heatstrip but you can line up a bank of them in larger spaces.

They’re also easy to use and don’t require much maintenance. Running costs are low and you can install timer controllers to save on energy as well.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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