Part three of a series on patio covers in winter explores how to heat a covered patio.
How to Heat a Covered Patio: Chimineas
Chimineas are very much a part of the Southwest. From Sonora Mexico where they’re from up through Texas and obviously in Arizona as well, chimineas have become fairly ubiquitous. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that they’re one of the best ways to heat a covered patio. However, in the world of chimineas, not all of them are created equal. In fact, the old school ones are usually better than the modern ones.
By old school, we are referring to classic clay chimineas, not the metal ones that are found in a lot of home improvement centers. Why? Well, surprisingly, the metal ones lose heat a lot quicker than clay chimineas do. It’s all in how the surfaces work. Clay chimineas are generally made of terra cotta, which like all clay is porous. As a result of the porous nature of the clay, it traps heat in air pockets within the clay. Using a terra-cotta chiminea in conjunction with a patio cover in Scottsdale gives you a nice haven in winter. If you don’t want a chiminea, there is also a technological alternative as well.
Using a Heat Dish under a Patio Cover in Scottsdale
Old fashioned space heaters aren’t too effective. They shut off automatically as they cycle, making your covered patio intermittently hot or cold. Heat dishes on the other hand disperse a lot of heat and stay on constantly.
Whether you use a clay chiminea, or a high tech heat dish, use common sense. Never put a heat source near anything flammable, nor touch a heated surface without protection. So with a bit of safety in mind, and a reliable source of heat, you can enjoy your patio cover in Scottsdale even in the winter.
Be sure to read part one and part two of this series as well.
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