A patio heater is a heating appliance that generates thermal radiation for outdoor use and would be good enough during the cold days. As the patio heater provides the benefit of the heat this appliance uses gas (either may be propane, petroleum or butane) that is highly flammable and you have to be extremely cautious as you use it.
Precautions before Light Patio Heater
Before lighting a patio heater manually for the first time you must read the precautions that given below:
Check the Gas Level
As you are certainly going to use gas be it either LPG, propane or butane you have to ensure that your tank is completely full or if not, it’s not empty. The gas tank is at the base of the heater and by just lifting it you will examine if it is full or empty. By doing this you are ensuring that you don’t light the heater on an empty tank or light it on a tank that will not last the period you are planning on using it. If you realize it’s almost empty, just be wise and get a replacement to save you the shame.
Gas Delivery Pipe
The gas delivery pipe is key for you to have a proper heat time. As gas Is being delivered to the heater through the pipe there will be a sound of it and be keen to listen out for this.
For the patio that uses electronic ignitions, there will be a spark which makes a sound as gas is being delivered.
If you notice any smell of gas as you have turned on the patio don’t waste time, just turn it off as this may cause a disastrous blast that you do not want to experience. This may be due to a leak on the gas pipe and you should consider replacing it immediately with a new one. Always ensure that there is no flammable item near the heater as this may also cause a blast.
The regulator acts as the guide on how to control the heat of the patio heater. Ensure that you follow the gas regulator as indicated on the levels. The regulator connects the gas delivery pipe and the carrier up to the burner.
Always ensure that the regulator is properly working as you certainly do not want a default on it. Some have switches that turn the valve off and on preventing the cylinder from being depressed.
Clean Gas Pipe
The gas pipe should always be a clear path. Very rarely will you find it blocked or clogged but if it happens always make sure you clean it. You can detach it from the gas tank and blow it to ensure that it’s clear. If it is blocked attend to it by clearing the path as the pipe is in-charge of the gas delivery from the tank to the heater.
The burner should always be clear to have an even distribution of heat. Always inspect it for any irregularities by taking it out and looking for any elements that may cause a blockage. This has to be always done when the patio heater is closed as you do not want to mess with fire.
Beneath the burner is an inlet that allows gas to mix with air, this part also should be air free and should have no blockage.
The Bug Screen
The bug screen should always be. This is will guarantee your flame is clean and free from insects. The screen acts as a guard to insects that are attracted to light hence keeping them always from the roast. When cleaning detach the bug screen, give it a proper water wash and dry properly. This should be done as often as possible so as not to have any bad stain on it.
How to Light Up a Patio Heater
You should always be cautious when lighting the heater. The first thing you should do is to make sure it’s not close to any combustible or explosive item that may cause a disaster. Apart from that, the distance to the wall or roof should be enough depending on the heat you put up and the size of your patio heater and the number you are using.
Lighting Heaters with The Pilot Ignition System
The ignition system is inbuilt and is part of the valve control system. Turn on the ignition system clockwise and here is what you should do:
- Push then turn the control knob into position keep the depressed turn for 45 seconds. This will ignite a pilot flame and check it through the ½’’ match lighting hole.
- Do not let go of the knob but instead press 4-5 times on the stick button and if it doesn’t work use a long candle lighter this is to ensure that you do not get close to the flame.
- Now that you have your flame pop out the knob and turn to high on the recommended degree that you may want to take in consideration the space that you have.
Lighting Heaters without Pilot Ignition System
- Fist ensure that you are on the safe side by checking if the liquefied gas tank is not only closed but completely closed.
- Now you may attach the tank and open it carefully slow until you have a full open for a maximum gas utilization.
- Thirdly depress the gas control knob and turn it to the low position and do not let go then press now the ignition for 3-4 times. If it doesn’t ignite use a long candle lighter.
- Keep the gas knob depressed so as gas may flow still without any hitch.
- Finally, you may release the gas knob and turn it to the desirable high or low setting you want taking into consideration the space that you have.
Always ensure that you are safe from any danger as you use the patio heater. Some of the areas that you should never use this heater are indoors and in a windy area. This is because you might have a blast when its windy and indoors. The patio heater is your ultimate cold problem solver if you have a restaurant that has an outdoor sitting area. Always check on its status for repair and maintenance.