Guide to Outdoor Heating on a Terrace Patio Balcony or Garden

Outdoor heating on a terrace, patio, garden or balcony is now very popular with many people creating outdoor living spaces. When choosing an outdoor bioethanol fireplace or bioethanol firepit it is worth deciding what your main goal is – something decorative or something than generates a lot of heat. Outdoor heating products waste a considerable amount of heat to the atmosphere therefore if you require heat you will need to consider buying a table design you can sit around with a bigger bioethanol burner tray.

It is worth understanding that outdoor bioethanol burners are mainly decorative,  small and do not generate high volumes of heat. Most outdoor models will only provide heat to people with a short range of the flame.


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Outdoor Heating Fuel Types

Shown below are examples of typical heat generated by bioethanol and other fuel types.

Wood Burning Fire Pit – Depending on how much wood you burn you can generate considerable amounts of heat. Buying a good quality wood burning fire pit will give the best performance and safety. However burning wood is not safe it needs constant monitoring.

Gas Patio Heater – Gas firepit designs and gas patio heater designs will generate around 16kw to 20kw of heat. Gas, if used as instructed by the manufacturer is safer than burning wood, also most likely cheaper.

Electric Outdoor Patio Heater – there are many electric outdoor heaters to consider. Heat output  is around 2kw. Easy to use, cheap to run.

Bioethanol outdoor fireplace – will give around 3kw to 8kw of heat depending on the size of burner inside the chosen product..

Outdoor Fire Pit Designs

When thinking of outdoor heating most people think of a fire pit. A typical outdoor fire pit design with a large round or square construction is not practical with bioethanol fuel. A fire pit is used to generate high volumes of heat. A bioethanol burner to generate the same heat as a wood burning fire pit or gas burning fire pit would need to have a large surface area and require a large volume of fuel.

Visit outdoorpatoheater.co.uk for more details of the various types of outdoor heating that are available.

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