It has been a busy few weeks at Heat Outdoors with patio heaters continuing to grow in popularity for home life and restaurants, pubs and bars as summer has quickly transcended into autumn. The cold September evenings are now upon us, meaning more and more people are turning to patio heaters to enjoy being outside for as long as possible in comfort. It’s not just the public and business owners who have re-engaged with using outdoors heaters, they’ve also hit the media spotlight with the Financial Times, The Telegraph and The Evening Standard all featuring Heat Outdoors in news articles this month.
The Financial Times, featured an article from Harry Dempsey, concerning the sudden demand for patio heaters in the last few weeks from trade and individual customers. Heat Outdoors’ managing director, Steve Levy, gave his thoughts on the current situation, stating “the commercial market is in panic mode”. This has resulted from pubs and restaurants looking to expand their outside areas and maximise business after barren months earlier this year.
However, this upturn in demand has put increased stress on suppliers with lead times from Asia quadrupling. This is due to the fact the “UK is two or three weeks behind the rest of Europe” in terms of demand. Meaning the rest of Europe have had a march on the UK in getting their orders in.
The rise in demand also brings about substantial risk with distributors investing heavily in stock to meet the extensive number of orders. As the risk of coronavirus is proving to rise again, this could lay head to more restrictions on the hospitality sector and seriously impact demand once more.
The Telegraph’s Alice Hall details all the things you need to get your garden ready for autumn. Number one on the list, “heat things up”. As Steve claimed when he spoke with Alice, “more people are starting to view their gardens as rooms, and finding ways to keep warm is a big part of that.” This has led to patio heaters being a garden essential for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors to the furthest extent.
Focus was also on the most wanted patio heaters to kick-start the al fresco experience. Flame heaters have seen a big rise in interest recently, with the Santini model fantastic for those looking for a reasonable amount of heat from a stunning looking heater. One of the prime electric options is the Empire Heater, which encompasses eco-friendly technology that turns itself off when no one is around.
Two of Heat Outdoors fantastic gas flame patio heaters were featured in The Evening Standard’s list for the best gas and patio heaters on the market today. The Sherpa 13kW was chosen as the best option for style and substance.
The striking stainless steel design is sure to catch the eye, and on top of that the heater produces an impressive amount of heat. Perfect for a get together with family and friends.
The Santini ECO Flame Gas Patio Heater was also chosen as the best for warmth via a unique spiral flame. The design of The Santini model is truly breath-taking, showcasing a distinctive spiral flame inside a glass tube.
Despite having a lower power output than others on the market, the Santini provides a substantial amount of heat and is easily transported around the garden on its set of wheels.