Patio Heater News

What's Encouraging with Bromic

What's Encouraging with Bromic

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Sep 4th 2017

Bromic is continually improving their products. That is the biggest takeaway I got from a recent meeting with Bromic Heating at Alfresco Heating's Novato main office. Changes include hardware that is more corrosion resistant, upgraded stainless steel grade on some models, improved exhaust air flo … read more
Hello Calcana - Unique Outdoor Heaters

Hello Calcana - Unique Outdoor Heaters

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Apr 28th 2017

Calcana Patio Heaters - Welcome to Alfresco It's not just a tube heater. It's a unique gas patio heater for the changing environment of a patio. Calcana's patented modulating control allows full dimming of the heat output from 100% down to 50%. Their outdoor heaters are clean burning, have re … read more
Consider When Designing Your Heated Pergola

Consider When Designing Your Heated Pergola

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Oct 23rd 2014

There is one important thing to consider in the planning phase of your future pergola, gazebo, or covered porch: Combustible Clearances I have personally taken many calls from customers who have built an outdoor-entertainment area and piped gas in for outdoor heaters. I have disappointed ma … read more
Mission Rock Resort: Installing Patio Heaters over the San Francisco Bay

Mission Rock Resort: Installing Patio Heaters over the San Francisco Bay

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Jul 14th 2014

I met Pete Osborne on the upper deck of Mission Rock Resort and saw a challenge. Add new patio heaters, effectively placed at the outer edge of their upper deck, part of which was 25’ over the salty, corrosive San Francisco Bay. I designed custom posts of marine-grade stainless, which mount to a … read more
The meaning of "infrared"

The meaning of "infrared"

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Mar 31st 2014

Almost all patio heaters are infrared. The sun is a great example of an infrared heater. Its rays travel through space and don't heat it, but when it hits a solid object, Earth, heat is created. Infrared patio heaters don't try to heat the air (like a convection heater) but instead heat the furni … read more

Patio Heaters Run Time per Propane Tank

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Mar 10th 2014

We get one therm (= 100,000 BTU) from every 1.1 gallons of propane. A standard 5 gallon tank holds roughly 4.7 gallons. So a full tank would hold 427,000 BTUs. Therefore, a 40,000 BTU propane heater, such as SunGlo or Patio Comfort on high can get 10 hours and 40 minutes out of a tank. A 46,000 B … read more

How do I choose what kind of patio heaters I want or need?

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Mar 6th 2014

Like in most things, you get what you pay for. If you choose an economy entry-level consumer patio heater from a big-box store, you are purchasing the patio heating equivalent of a disposable lighter. Such lightweight heaters tend to look crooked and uneven from when first assembled. They often b … read more

SunPak's New Twin Stage Hardwired Patio Heaters

Posted by Alfresco Heating on Feb 25th 2014

Most issues with remote-controlled patio heaters have occurred when too many heaters and remotes are present. Signals were crossed. One would need reprogramming and the batteries would have to come out of all of the remotes to solve, and then all needed reprogramming. That is why I am thrilled th … read more