For numerous reasons consumers are looking to spend more time in their backyard. Manufacturers of outdoor products have recognized this trend and are bringing to market an ever increasing list of products to enhance the experience.
When looking to upgrade your outdoor area the first place you would look would most likely be your landscape, followed by items such as the BBQ, shade sails and outdoor patio umbrellas. For tips on how to create your perfect patio look no further. For late afternoon and night time warmth you would add outdoor patio heaters to the area. When considering what type of outdoor barbecue that you should purchase, the decision will be based on factors such as whether you have an island designed to accept the BBQ or if a free standing movable unit is needed. Your power source for the cooker will invariably be one of the following options, charcoal, wood, natural gas, propane gas or electricity.
The most traditional forms of BBQ made use of wood or charcoal but advances in design and quality make gas powered cookers the most popular choice today. In making the decision on which source will best suit your needs you will want to consider the ease of installation and availability of the chosen power source. Carefully consider your budget as part of your purchasing decision. Larger cooking areas result in more gas consumption so base the size of your desired cooking area on the number of people you expect to cook for in most instances.
Keeping it reasonable, select the largest possible BBQ, because it is not fun having to cook for many on a small surface. In order to obtain the best possible cooking results the higher the heat output of the burners the better. Generally speaking the more you spend upfront on your BBQ the less you will spend in maintenance and replacement parts for it.
To provide shade and aesthetic appeal to the area you can make use of outdoor patio umbrellas or shade sails. A combination of both will most often give the nicest effect and best protection from the sun. The key to protecting yourself from the sun is to reduce the amount of UV rays that can reach your skin. Sunbrella fabric is used in the construction of both types of covering and has a UV rating of 98%. Shade sails are also manufactured from Polytex shade fabric which is a mesh fabric with a UV rating up to 98% dependent on the fabric color. This fabric allows for higher air movement below the covered area resulting in lower temperatures.
As the day draws to an end and cools down you want to have heating available. Outdoor patio heaters come in portable format or in permanent mount for static placement on the deck or on a wall. They are powered by electricity, natural gas or propane gas. Electric heaters offer the ability to adjust the heat output and are most effective and efficient running on 240V power supply.