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Gas Terrace Heaters – How to Use Them
Gas terrace heaters can be great when you know how to use them properly. Unfortunately, there are a lot of terrace heaters out there that you can’t operate properly because they don’t work or they burn up on you the first time you turn them on. We have an important part of owning and operating a gas heater for your patio: the size of the flame. As long as you follow these tips, you’ll have more fun using the heater than if you don’t.
If you’re thinking about buying a gas heater for your patio, check to see if your gas canister fits in the space available on your patio. You should also be sure to match the size of the terrace heaters you choose. If you’ve got a small patio area, you’ll want to get smaller heaters. On the other hand, if you have a large terrace area, you’ll want to get bigger models.
If you’ve got a terrace heater that you’re really excited about, it’s really quite easy to get into a funk. It’s at this point that you may find yourself getting very irritated by the low temperature. Why is it like this? It’s because you’re running the wrong size flame. In the first place, it’s usually not a good idea to run a huge flame over a small area, since you could burn yourself, but also because it might be too hot for the air to circulate around the edges of the terrace.
Gasses are not very stable in the presence of oxygen, which is why in gas heaters you usually see flames that are very narrow in diameter. When you turn a smaller flame on, the gas will work its way up the length of the heater, pushing more gas out through the stem. This makes it hot even if you have the flame around three feet off the ground.
Don’t sit on the edge of the heater; it can make the flame so narrow that you won’t be able to light it. Instead, keep your knees in a comfortable position, or prop your legs up so that you can keep your knees level with the heat source. After a few seconds, put your feet a foot away from the gas vent and turn the gas off.
For most terrace heaters, the best placement for the flame is to the side of the heater. This is because if you have it right against the edge of the heater, the heat will be focused on a smaller area. The gas should still push gas out through the stem, but it won’t be pushed all the way to the edge of the burner. The two techniques mentioned above are more for safety’s sake than anything else.
The only problem with using the gas vent to direct the flame is that it can cause excess wear and tear on the gas vent. It’s a possibility that your gas vent won’t blow out gas properly. It could clog up or come apart. If this happens, don’t worry; you can usually replace the gas vent for less than $50.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use a terrace gas heater, just do it carefully. Remember, no matter how much money you spend on a gas heater, it’s probably not worth it if you don’t make the necessary safety adjustments first.