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5 top tips for when you need to hire patio heaters for events

May 16, 2023

5 top tips for when you need to hire patio heaters for events

It's fair to say that you can be forgiven for not putting patio heaters at the top of your priority list when you are deciding on what equipment hire you need for your event, but you can bet your life that you'll be pleased you hire some in the evening of the event itself!

Not all events are inside, of course, especially in the warmer summer months.  Think of a corporate hospitality event or sponsors lounge at a large golf event.  Or simply a family celebration in the garden.  Hopefully you'll be blessed with some fine weather on the day of your event, but come the evening and the sun goes down, you don't want your guests to leave because the evening air temperature isn't warm enough - you want your guests to party into the night!

This is where patio heaters come into their own, of course, providing a source of both light and warmth for outdoor events.  Hopefully, our top 5 tips for when you need to hire patio heaters for events, below, will come in handy, helping you to save time, money and effort.

Hire for your location

We've just mentioned that patio heaters are perfect for keeping the chill off the air outdoors.  However, it's worth pointing out at this stage that not all patio heaters are for outdoors. You can hire electric patio heaters that are for indoor use only, and which are ideal for carrying out the same function, but indoors.  Think of a large corporate conference in an arena, for instance, or a temporary bar area in a cavernous conference centre.  This is where electric halogen patio heaters come to the fore, providing both light and heat, and an engaging ambience for your guests or delegates to socialise and network together.  


And talking about electric patio heaters, naturally they need electric, and normally this is a standard 240v 3 pin socket.  Outdoor patio heaters, however, are gas powered, which is normally available in cylinders of patio gas which is available to buy from the hire company.  


As an event organiser - large or small - you want to be confident in the fact that any powered equipment you hire is going to be reliable.  The last thing you want or need just before your event is for your equipment to breakdown or simply not work in the first place.  Also, many venues require a PAT or LPG test certificate with any powered equipment before it is even allowed onto site.  The best patio heater rental companies will ensure that all equipment is regularly power-tested, to ensure that their clients receive the very best patio heaters, right first time.


Now that you've decided upon which patio heaters you're going to use at your event, you need to think about where you're going to put them!  As a general rule of thumb, you can assume that a patio heater will kick out warmth to around a 3m radius.  Are you creating a beer festival style event, or a hospitality terrace with canopies?  Remember, electric patio heaters should only be used inside, whilst gas patio heaters should only be used outside.  You want your rental patio heaters to be effective, and be accessible to as many guests as possible, so positioning is all-important.


And, likewise, so is the quantity of patio heaters for hire that you need.  Just hiring a couple for an event of reasonable size is unlikely to be enough - in fact, it's barely worth hiring a couple of them in the first place!  Choose multiple patio heaters so that guests feel the warmth in the evening at your event.  This will help to ensure that your guests stay at your event longer, which should contribute to the overall success of your occasion.

Event Hire UK is a leading patio heater rental company, and you'll find a whole host of options right here online, from indoor electric halogen patio heaters through to real-flame gas patio heaters, and some of these even have an LED lit-up base, to bring a real party flavour to proceedings.

If it's gas patio heaters you need, don't forget that you'll need to buy some patio gas, which you can source as an optional extra here on the website.  Again, as a rule of thumb, an 11kg cylinder of patio gas will provide you with around 6 hours of run time, at full power.  

Don't hesitate to browse and place your secure order online 24/7 with the experts right here at Event Hire UK, where our team is poised to provide you with a seamless hire experience from start to finish.

We very much look forward to working with you in the near future, and to hearing from you soon.

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