It is fast approaching spring and it’s time to think about spending more time outdoors. Evenings are
still cool, but the warmth of an outdoor heater lets us stay on the deck or patio longer. After being
indoors for the last few months it’s so nice to enjoy some fresh air, and after preparing the BBQ for
summer why not light it up now!
You will also need to give your outdoor heater a good clean and check before use to ensure it is operating safely.
Here are some key points to remember:
- Firstly, ensure the gas is disconnected before you begin.
- Clean the entire heater of spider webs, small insects and debris using a soft brush. In particular
ensure the gas orifice and burner is clear.
- Clean the exterior of the heater using a warm soapy water solution (do not wash near the burner
and ignition assembly area), rinse thoroughly and dry immediately. If the gas control is exposed to
water in any way, do NOT try to use it.
- If you have stainless steel panels on your heater, use a stainless steel cleaner for best results. Note
that if you use a cleaning agent it must be of a non-combustible and non-corrosive nature.
- During the cleaning process if you notice any parts have deteriorated ensure you contact your
local retailer for replacement parts or repair.
- IMPORTANT: Check that there are no gas leaks in the hose connections. Using a soapy water
solution spray or brush the liquid onto the connections. If bubbles appear when the gas valve is
opened then you have a leak and should re-tighten the hose using a crescent. Never check for
leaks with an open flame. Repeat this process whenever you change your LPG cylinder.
- Light your heater and check that the flame pattern at the emitter grid does not extend beyond
the surface of the grid. If this occurs or if black soot is accumulating on the grid or reflector, turn
the heater off immediately and arrange for it to be serviced.
- Only use your heater outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Ensure it is set up well away from
combustible materials and is on a flat, non-combustible surface. Take care to ensure the heater is
not set up in a windy area as it may blow over.
- Use a cover to protect your heater from the elements when not in use – this will prolong the life of
your heater and make cleaning and maintenance much quicker and easier.
Note: This is a general guide – ensure you follow manufacturer instructions when cleaning your heater.