How To Care & Prolong The Life
Of Gas Patio Heaters
Patio heaters can be manufactured in stainless steel, hammered or powder coated finish with either a steel plated burner, chrome burner or a stainless steel burner.
For a stainless steel patio heater use a stainless steel cleaner to remove water/rain marks and any other marks. More stubborn marks on brushed stainless steel finish can be removed by lightly using a nylon scourer or brush making sure it's applied in the same direction as the brushed stainless steel effect - on highly polished heaters never use a scourer. Avoid placing directly under a tree and never place on a slope. Good quality mid range and commercial stainless steel patio heaters will come to no harm left outside, care is needed when storms or gale force winds are forecast. To protect against storm damage remove the reflector and cover or move to a sheltered spot.
Powder coated patio heaters will benefit from light cleaning using a soapy detergent and washing with clean water. Remember to oil wheel joints and all moving parts including the gas control valve. Check for any wear and tighten any loose bolts.
Budget market patio heaters are all supplied with chrome burners, these suffer rust problems within a year and are non serviceable. All heateray Pro and mid range BFX patio heater models are fitted with good quality stainless steel burners. Should you find you have a budget market chrome burner then avoid leaving out in the winter months and if using a full length cover avoid moisture within the cover. Best advice is to remove completely, box and store indoor away from any moisture over the winter or rainy periods.
Periodically check the patio heater LPG hose for wear and tear and if in doubt order a replacement LPG hose and clips. The LGP gas cylinder must be in good condition with no sign of damage, i.e. dents or rust. Check the valve is a good connection to the LPG regulator. If your LPG gas cylinder is in poor condition return it to your local LPG depot and exchange for a replacement cylinder.
To store over winter remove the reflector by removing the wing nuts holding the reflector. Lift the reflector off the patio heater and store in a safe place. With the reflector removed the patio heater's foot print is reduced to 46cm to allow for easy storage in a garage or garden shed. Always place a protective cover on when storing to keep dust/bugs away from the burner. An old blanket/sheet will do the trick. Never store a propane gas cylinder indoors or below ground level.
If stored over winter check before lighting the patio heater with a leakage test and look for any signs of wear and tear.
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