1 September 2017

Why NZ Businesses need an NZ made Outdoor Heater

Kiwis love the outdoors. As we come out of winter into the spring months, alfresco dining becomes more popular, and hospitality businesses are able to increase their capacities. However, New Zealand’s weather is often unpredictable, meaning night-on-night a restaurant may go from a dining capacity of 200 down to 100, as a cool southerly drives patrons indoors. This is where an effective outdoor heating solution becomes important.

With such a need for outdoor heaters, one would think that NZ made outdoor heaters would be a prevalent product. Interestingly, this is not the case.

With a massive coastline in proportionate to land area, most of NZ’s major centres are coastal. This proves challenging for the majority of outdoor heaters currently on the market. NZ’s heavily salt-laden air means that outdoor heating products manufactured overseas, simply do not cope with our unique conditions.

It is important to note that, not all stainless steel is created equal. In order to stand up to our coastal conditions, marine grade 316 stainless steel is required. This is what is used by sole NZ outdoor heater manufacturer, Kelray Heating.

“We noticed, time and time again, that outdoor heaters imported to NZ had a remarkably short product life. A combination of low-quality fixtures and nickel plated screws which easily rust resulted in a product which simply did not live up to consumer expectations”.

Using marine grade 316 stainless steel for not just the heater, but for all the fittings, screws and bolts as well, Kelray Heating were able to produce a product which could truly stand up to NZ conditions.
This, coupled with their ability to customise & tailor their product to their clients wishes has seen Kelray’s heating range being used by hundreds of reputable NZ businesses.

“With Grand Mercure NZ embracing local product, we looked to suppliers that manufactured the product in New Zealand, and were passionate about what they produced. Kelray heaters’ meet this spec, and allowed the hotel to make the heaters bespoke and fit for purpose in the space required”, comments General Manager, Zac Lumsden.

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