Be Prepared: Heater Hire for Outside Events


In the summer, it’s a great idea to have events outside as you can enjoy the heat. It provides that fresh, back-to-nature feel that everyone loves with a few drinks out in the garden. However, British summertime sometimes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when it comes to weather.

You could have visions of Pimm’s on the lawn and end up with soggy sandwiches and ruined hairdos. The weather can sometimes thoroughly ruin your day, so you need to make sure that you plan for every eventuality. One of the best ways to prepare for your outdoor event is by hiring an outdoor heater.

Common Mistakes

If you’re planning a wedding, party, or large event for a lot of guests, you’ll likely have hired a tent or marquee to host all your guests. Some people make the massive mistake of assuming that this tent and the sheer number of people in there will be enough to keep warm. However, this isn’t the case.

Parties will tend to go on into the night, or at least early evening when the sun starts to go down. Without the sun heating the tent’s roof, the inside will grow cold rapidly and cold people tend to stop having fun and want to go home. Not providing heaters could mean an abrupt end to your event.

Planning with Heaters

You know that the weather on the day of your event isn’t guaranteed, no matter what time of year it is, so it’s always best to cover all bases and ensure you have a plan in place ahead of time in case the heavens open. Providing cover under tents or parasols is enough to keep the rain off, but it won’t keep your guests warm. For that, you’ll need to hire outdoor heaters.

Which Type of Heaters to Use

Outdoor heaters can be expensive and if you’re only planning to use them for your event or to use them for a couple of events a year, it’s not worth it financially to purchase them outright. Hiring outdoor heaters is the best option for value for money. You’ll receive a quality product with insurance in case anything goes wrong and the company will take it away when you’re finished – no hassle with organising storage.

Which type of heaters is best for your event?

Most outdoor heaters hires companies will offer either electric or propane heaters.

Electric Heaters

Electric heaters offer less of a fire hazard as they don’t tend to have a naked flame, however, they do come with a few problems. Your outdoor space isn’t likely to have too much in the way of electrical outlets. This might mean that you’ll need to hire a generator too, which, for an event, might cause a lot of noise pollution and ruin the illusion of your magical party venue.

There’s also the issue that the heaters will need to be plugged into something. This possibly means that you’ll have a maze of wires tangled all around your venue which could create a tripping hazard.

Propane Heaters

Propane heaters are usually the better option. They’re powered using a concealed propane tank, with no wires. This means they’re portable and you can move them around your events where needed. There’s also no need for a generator, removing the smell of petrol and the noise from the generator altogether.

Propane outdoor heaters like the ones from Hi-Gear heater hire company can look great in your venue too and add to the event’s atmosphere. There are some great-looking patio heaters with stylish designs that would fit in with any style.

Most patio heaters operate at around 40,000 – 50,000 BTU and you’ll need 3 or 4 of these heaters in a tent to keep all your guests warm and toasty. Remember, planning for every possibility is the key to a successful event.

To enquire further about our heater hire services contact us at Hi-Gear directly or call at  01162 543999.



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