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Patio heater to clear snow?


Graham*

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If we get deep snow again this winter, would a patio heater be of any help? Many of my neighbours have one, mostly only used once, now standing glumly at the rear of the garage with a plastic hat on.

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lotvic

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I don't think melting the snow so it refreezes into solid sheets of ice would be helpful.

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Terry Brown

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If you are talking about using it inside the patio to stop it freezing, why not?.

If you are talking about using it to melt the snow once it has settled, if it is an electric one, you may have have a safety problem with the damp. "Out in the back of the garage with a plastic hat", it may not be safe to use without:-

(1) bringing it indoors for a few days to dry out'

(2) have it checked by a competant person for safety.

Terry

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spuds

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To expensive to run?.

They are only meant to take the chill away, not deal with a deep snowfall!.

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badgery

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Terry Brown "..about using it inside the patio "

I didn't think patios had 'insides'. To me a patio is an outdoor, normally slabbed, area.

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Forum Editor

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Using a gas-fired patio heater to clear snow from a patio strikes me as a particularly expensive and wasteful exercise.

What's wrong with a bit of salt/grit and a shovel?

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badgery

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It should also be remembered that 'heat rises' - and so any effects on a patio would surely be negligible.

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Quickbeam

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Bearing in mind that the heating umbrella is quite high from the ground, I think that maybe using a hair dryer whilst on your hands and knees will be more efficient...

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Quickbeam

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wiz-king

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Didn't work here!

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gengiscant

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Pretty rubbish dragon.

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