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Outdoor Heating Buying Guide

Waiting for summer's sunshine to warm up your outdoor spaces? Don't let your hopes hinge on Mother Nature; turn to heating elements for the outdoors instead.

Types of Heating

Types of Heating

Who has been chased indoors on a beautiful summer night by a sudden chill in the air? Who has wanted to gather outside only to have weather force a party inside? Probably most of us -- but luckily, there are options that can extend your outdoor living time: heating elements for outside. There is a range of types and styles to add a bit of warmth that can make the difference between a chill and a comfortable experience. Those include fire bowls and pots, fire pits, fireplaces, and heaters and heat lamps. Here's how to tell the difference.

Fire Bowls and Pots

Fire bowls and pots can be moveable or stationary; some are small enough to serve as an accent on a table, while others are larger and provide a focal point for a seating area. These are typically powered by gas or wood.

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Frontgate
$1,500.00
at Frontgate

Artist John T. Unger hand-cuts recycled steel, then wire wheels it to a smooth finish. Arrives with a signed stainless steel authe...nticity plate. Natural rust patina will continue to weather over time or you can paint your firebowl; view instructions. Can be left outdoors year-round. Maintenance free and crafted to last for generations. Bring a touch of royal elegance to your outdoor setting with the Fiery Fleur-de-lis Sculptural Firebowl. As stunning during the day as it is lit at night, this impressively sized, one-of-a-kind art form is handcrafted from 100% recycled, American-made steel. . . . . . Detachable base allows for easy surface leveling. Suitable for use with wood or charcoal . View safety instructions (PDF format). Made in the USA. read more

Frontgate
$3,000.00
at Frontgate

The artistically created shape accentuates the shadow and flame as it shifts inside the bowl. Each fire bowl arrives with a signed... stainless steel authenticity plate. Natural rust patina will continue to weather over time or you can paint your firebowl; view instructions. Can be left outdoors year-round. Maintenance free and crafted to last for generations. Scalloped edges give the Firefly Sculptural Bowl the unique shape of a seed or flower pod. Ideal for use near the beach or in other breezy areas, the petal-shaped sides shield the flames from the wind. This one-of-a-kind piece is handcrafted from 100% recycled, American-made steel that has been hand cut and smoothed by artist John T. Unger. . . . . . Attached base provides a stable display. Suitable for use with wood or charcoal . View safety instructions (PDF format). Made in the USA. read more

Frontgate
$1,500.00
at Frontgate

Crafted from 100% recycled, American-made steel that has been hand cut and redesigned by artist John T. Unger. Each fire bowl arri...ves with a signed stainless steel authenticity plate. Natural rust patina will continue to weather over time or you can paint your firebowl; view instructions. Can be left outdoors year-round. Maintenance free and crafted to last for generations. The dramatic upsweep of the sides gives the King Isosceles Sculptural Firebowl an impressive bearing even when not lit. The handmade, stainless steel form, inspired by the symmetrical beauty of geometric proportions, is a regal way to enjoy an evening around a wood-burning fire. . . . . . Detachable base allows for easy surface leveling. Suitable for use with wood or charcoal . View safety instructions (PDF format). Made in the USA. read more

Frontgate
$1,200.00
at Frontgate

Artist John T. Unger hand-cuts recycled steel, then wire wheels it to a smooth finish. Arrives with a signed stainless steel authe...nticity plate. Natural rust patina will continue to weather over time or you can paint your firebowl; view instructions. Can be left outdoors year-round. Maintenance free and crafted to last for generations. Graceful in its rustic simplicity, the Font o' Fire Sculptural Firebowl is at home in nearly any setting. The shallow form allows the flames to be fully admired as they dance around the bowl. Made of recycled steel, the bowl's natural rust patina will continually deepen and evolve over time. . . . . . . Attached base provides a stable display. Suitable for use with wood or charcoal . View safety instructions (PDF format). Made in the USA. read more

Fire Pits

Fire pits are generally dug into the ground or built up a bit to be at seated height; these can be either custom-sized or created from a standard-size base. A nonflammable base, such as stone pavers, protects the ground underneath.

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Alfresco Home

Alfresco Home Notre Dame Mosaic Fire Pit & Beverage Cooler Table. 21-1337. Patio Tables. The perfect outdoor accessory for year-ro...und use! This mosaic fire pit has all the necessary parts to create a cozy fire on a cool evening, and it also includes a stainless steel bucket to keep beverages cool on a hot summers day. Simply remove the fire burning kit and insert the beverage cooler and this mosaic fire pit table is ready for any occasion. Also included is a mosaic center disc which will transform the fire pit into a patio chat table. Ships complete with an iron bowl, grate and dome spark screen for wood burning use, a stainless steel beverage cooler insert, and a mosaic center disc cover. We recommend cleaning the frame and table top with a solution of mild dish soap and water, do not use harsh chemicals. In areas where freezing occurs, table tops should be stored indoors, or protected with a weather proof cover. Freezing & thawing can cause the grout to crack and tiles to loosen. read more

Darlee

Darlee Counter Height Propane Fire Pit Dining Table - Antique Bronze. F60-GHD-AB. Fire Pits. Fire pit patio tables add a spark of ...creativity to your favorite outdoor seating area. The cast aluminum frame weighs less than wrought iron, and is naturally rust resistant. The antique bronze finish is powder coated, making it tougher than conventional paint finishes. This 60-inch counter height Fire pit table also features a pull-out side panel underneath the table that simplifies propane tank storage. Add optional Fireglass, Fire logs or an ice bucket insert for a versatile finishing touch to this unique table. read more

Darlee

Darlee Propane Fire Pit Chat Table - Mocha. F60-QB-MO. Fire Pits. Fire pit patio tables add a spark of creativity to your favorite... outdoor seating area. The cast aluminum frame weighs less than wrought iron, and is naturally rust resistant. The mocha finish is powder coated, making it tougher than conventional paint finishes. This 52-inch Fire pit conversation table also features a pull-out side panel underneath the table that simplifies propane tank storage. Add optional Fireglass, Fire logs or an ice bucket insert for a versatile finishing touch to this unique table. read more

Darlee

Darlee Counter Height Propane Fire Pit Dining Table - Mocha. F60-GHD-MO. Fire Pits. Fire pit patio tables add a spark of creativit...y to your favorite outdoor seating area. The cast aluminum frame weighs less than wrought iron, and is naturally rust resistant. The mocha finish is powder coated, making it tougher than conventional paint finishes. This 60-inch counter height Fire pit table also features a pull-out side panel underneath the table that simplifies propane tank storage. Add optional Fireglass, Fire logs or an ice bucket insert for a versatile finishing touch to this unique table. read more

Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are a popular addition, particularly for larger gathering areas. These can be powered by gas, electricity, or wood; the first two require a power source.

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Asia Direct
$99.98 $116.99
at Kmart

Find Firepits and Outdoor Fireplaces . Perfect for travel or at home, this 26 in. Folding Brushed Stainless Steel Fire Pit featur

Fire Sense
$102.07 $119.99
at Kmart

Providing the ultimate deluxe mobile patio fireplace, our patented 28'' Bon Fire Patio Fireplace has a porcelain enamel bowl and l...id and a steel grate for wood. The silver high temperature painted center steel fire screen keeps the fire contained but visible. This attractive unit?s patented center door allows easy access to the fire. The convenient wheels and handle assembly allow you to position this unique item in the perfect spot for your outdoor entertaining.It is not recommended to use this fire place on a wooden or other combustible surface or any surface that is not entirely resistant to high heat. However, if you intend to use this item on a wooden deck other combustible surface or any surface that is not entirely resistant to high heat, you must use a non-flammable and heat resistant material such as concrete pavers, brick or stone between the fire place and the surface. read more

Asia Direct, Inc.
$66.61 $173.99
at Kmart

Shop for Outdoor Heating at The Home Depot. This wood-burning Catalina Creations Olympus Fire Pit features a deep steel fire bowl ...with a dark bronze finish and an elegant steel stand with a black, wrought-iron finish. It comes with a removable spark screen to contain flying embers, a screen lifting too, a log grate for proper wood-burning airflow and a protective outdoor storage cover. read more

Kontiki

Creating a welcoming center for your outdoor living spaces is easy and stylishly realized with Kontiki natural stone mosaic firepi...ts. Each tile is hand-laid, demonstrating the natural beauty of marble, slate and travertine stone (depending on your choice) helps to make your new firepit a focal point exclusive to outdoor use, and a conversation piece for your property in general. These firepits are self-contained, and robustly designed to endure. Their stainless steel hardware and wrought-iron frames are made to stand up to the elements in temperate climates and seasons. When it comes to maintenance, all you need is soap and water to keep them looking like new. In winter months, simply store them tops indoors. read more

Heaters and Heat Lamps

Heaters and heat lamps are often tall, with hooded tops to push down heat. Smaller outdoor versions are available as well. No matter the size, these are generally moveable and placed near a seating area.

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DC

DCS On/Off Remote For DRH48 Heater. DRH-RMT. Patio Heater Options & Upgrades. Access your built-in DCS Patio Heater with this Remo...te Control to command the on/off setting. read more

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Lynx

Lynx Post-Mount Natural Gas Infrared Outdoor Heater. LHPM-NG. Patio Heaters. Experience the finest in patio heating comfort and en...joy the quality and performace of this Lynx outdoor living product. The LHPM-NG post-mount natural gas infrared patio heater lets you choose between a high and low settings and has innovative technology that reduces the center hot spot and distributes heat evenly. This patio heater has rugged stainless steel construction and uses infrared technology to provide between 46,000 and 53,000 BTUs of heating power. Specially designed for improved wind resistance, the post mount heater has a large heating radius. read more

Hayward

Hayward H-Series Universal Low Nox Induced Draft Heater 200,000 BTU Natural Gas. These Energy Efficient units come stock with Cupr...o-Nickel Heat Exchangers at NO additional upgrade charge for added durability and extended life. - HAYWARD - H200FDN read more

Optimus

The Optimus Oil-Rubbed Bronze Floor Standing Infrared Patio Heater fits most standard-sized umbrella holes in patio tables.

Product Features

Product Features

Not all heaters generate the same type, amount, or style of heat, and the heater you prefer relates to both your home and your living requirements. But all heaters should be evaluated for the same product features, which affect how much they can accomplish. As you begin to think through the choices and what you want for your landscape, review accidental tip-over, output controls, heating area, blower fan, starting mechanism, fuel capacity, and safety rating. Here's how to evaluate their pros and cons.

Accidental Tip-Over

Most tall heaters and heat lamps, which are powered by a fuel of some sort and can be moved around, have a safeguard built in to turn the heater off should it accidentally tip over.

Output Controls

Many heaters have a mechanism to regulate the flow of heat. This is a useful tool to counteract the ever-changing nature of outdoor temperatures.

Heating Area

Most outdoor heating items will be able to heat a particular-size area. If you're adding a heating source to an established seating area, make sure it can provide enough heat for the space.

Blower Fan

Some heating items, such as fireplaces or individual heaters, include a fan to distribute the air -- helpful when trying to create a welcome ambience for a large gathering.

Starting Mechanism

Some built-in heaters start with the flick of a switch. Others may have a lighting mechanism, while still others start with wood and need to be ignited the old-fashioned way.

Fuel Capacity

For heating items powered by gas or propane, the size of the fuel tank will determine the length of time the heater can run.

Safety Rating

Review carefully the safety ratings of any heater to ensure you're purchasing an item that has met all regulations and provides internal safeguards to protect you and your home.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many heaters involve little investment on your part, while others require a commitment of time, money, and placement. But all heaters, if carefully reviewed for type and product features, can bring years of enjoyment with little hassle. First, it's important to review a few purchase considerations that may influence your choice. Cord length (if applicable), power source, and portable versus permanent all hold sway in the final decision. Use this short overview to get started.

Cord Length

If powered by electricity, such as a small outdoor space heater, cord length will dictate placement and moveability.

Power Source

All heaters are powered by wood, gas/propane, or electricity. What you prefer depends in large part on your personal tastes as well as the availability and convenience of the fuel source.

Portable vs. Permanent

Items such as fireplaces and fire pits tend to be permanent structures that stay in place. Fire bowls are sometimes moveable, and heaters probably have wheels or rolling mechanisms that let you move them at will.

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Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,379.81
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. 100% ingot a...luminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered slate finish with UV protected top coat. Cushions included. Extend your evenings indefinitely with the warm firelight of our Carlisle 4-piece Loveseat Set with Fire Table in Slate Finish. The impeccable, grandly scaled cast-aluminum frame is crafted to stand the test of time. Fine furniture details such as scrolling arms and crisscrossing backs are in a rich, multilayered onyx finish. Premium 100% solution-dyed fabrics encase the seat and softly rounded back cushions.. . . . . 100% solution-dyed and woven fabrics. All-weather cushions have a high-resiliency foam core wrapped in plush polyester. Gas-powered table (42,000 BTUs). 8 ft. heating radius. 18-hour run timeFully adjustable flame settings, from low to high. Fuel type: 20 lb. LP gas tank (not included). CSA approved for safety. Assembly requir read more

Carlisle 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table in Gray Finish - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,379.81
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Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. 100% ingot a...luminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered slate finish with UV protected top coat. Cushions included. Extend your evenings indefinitely with the warm firelight of our Carlisle 4-piece Loveseat Set with Fire Table in Slate Finish. The impeccable, grandly scaled cast-aluminum frame is crafted to stand the test of time. Fine furniture details such as scrolling arms and crisscrossing backs are in a rich, multilayered onyx finish. Premium 100% solution-dyed fabrics encase the seat and softly rounded back cushions.. . . . . 100% solution-dyed and woven fabrics. All-weather cushions have a high-resiliency foam core wrapped in plush polyester. Gas-powered table (42,000 BTUs). 8 ft. heating radius. 18-hour run timeFully adjustable flame settings, from low to high. Fuel type: 20 lb. LP gas tank (not included). CSA approved for safety. Assembly requir read more

Carlisle 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table in Gray Finish - Rumor Gray with Rumor Off-White Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$3,604.00 $4,880.16
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Set includes: three Pasadena Sofas and one Pasadena Fire Table. Handwoven all-weather fibers. Gas-fueled fire table with handcraft...ed porcelain tile top. All-weather bronze wicker base. 30,000 BTUs on low; 40,000 BTUs on high. Friends and family will enjoy spending hours around our Pasadena 4-piece Sofa Set with Fire Table. Comfortable cushioned pieces in circular formation create the ultimate open-air chat room, while the 44" wide porcelain rim places cocktails and plates of appetizers within easy reach. High-quality fibers are woven over powdercoated aluminum frames; 3-year manufacturer's warranty. Included Sunbrella cushions have mesh bottoms for quick-drying convenience. . . . . . Push-button ignition . Includes fire glass . Propane tank accessible through removable side panel . Natural Gas conversion kit included . read more

Pasadena 4-pc Outdoor Sofa Set with Fire Pit Table - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$4,563.20 $6,079.40
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Set includes: four Hampton Swivel Lounge Chairs with Cushions and one Verona Custom Gas Fire Table. Handwoven premium resin wicker.... UV-protected, antimicrobial. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames. Cushions included. Warm your outdoor conversation area with flickering firelight from Our Hampton 5-piece Chat Set with Verona Custom Fire Table. This collection has a relaxed, southern attitude, intricately handwoven in driftwood-weathered resin wicker. Unwind in the swivel lounge chairs, all softened with thick, all-weather seat and back cushions. Our Tuscan-based fire pit is the perfect finish. . . . . . 100% solution-dyed and woven fabrics . All-weather cushions have a high-resiliency foam core wrapped in plush polyester . Porcelain tile top in a beautiful Italian-inspired design . Durable and weather-resistant cast aluminum base . Bronze powdercoated finish on base offers extra protection from the elements . Pullout drawer accesses the propane tank (not included) . 30,000 BTUs on low; 40,000 BTUs on h read more

Hampton 5-pc Outdoor Chat Set with Verona Custom Fire Pit Table - Meridian Lemon with Canvas Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$6,080.00 $7,974.82
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Set includes: one Left-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, one Right-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, Two Center Chairs with Cushions a...nd one Fire Chat Table. Modern, clean lines and a fresh, squared shape. Richly hued, ocean-gray fibers. Handwoven premium resin wicker. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames. Extra-deep seating, spacious armrests and a fiberglass-reinforced concrete with a faux-bois wood-grained finish make our Hyde Park 5-piece Modular Set with Fire Table comfortable for most any setting. Hidden rust-resistant, powdercoated aluminum frames provide sturdy support and are light enough to quickly arrange with ease. Warm up the conversation with our Hyde Park Fire Chat Table. With up to 42,000 BTUs, the propane-fueled heating element warms guests within an 8 ft. radius. The 60" tabletop is large enough to keep refreshments within easy reach. . . . . . Included clips connect modular units together. Thick, high-density foam cushions are included . 100% solution-dyed acrylic and woven fabrics. All read more

Hyde Park 5-pc Modular Set with Fire Pit Table - Sand with Logic Bone Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$3,604.00 $4,880.16
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Set includes: three Pasadena Sofas and one Pasadena Fire Table. Handwoven all-weather fibers. Gas-fueled fire table with handcraft...ed porcelain tile top. All-weather bronze wicker base. 30,000 BTUs on low; 40,000 BTUs on high. Friends and family will enjoy spending hours around our Pasadena 4-piece Sofa Set with Fire Table. Comfortable cushioned pieces in circular formation create the ultimate open-air chat room, while the 44" wide porcelain rim places cocktails and plates of appetizers within easy reach. High-quality fibers are woven over powdercoated aluminum frames; 3-year manufacturer's warranty. Included Sunbrella cushions have mesh bottoms for quick-drying convenience. . . . . . Push-button ignition . Includes fire glass . Propane tank accessible through removable side panel . Natural Gas conversion kit included . read more

Pasadena 4-pc Outdoor Sofa Set with Fire Pit Table - Red with Canvas Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$6,080.00 $7,974.82
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Set includes: one Left-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, one Right-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, Two Center Chairs with Cushions a...nd one Fire Chat Table. Modern, clean lines and a fresh, squared shape. Richly hued, ocean-gray fibers. Handwoven premium resin wicker. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames. Extra-deep seating, spacious armrests and a fiberglass-reinforced concrete with a faux-bois wood-grained finish make our Hyde Park 5-piece Modular Set with Fire Table comfortable for most any setting. Hidden rust-resistant, powdercoated aluminum frames provide sturdy support and are light enough to quickly arrange with ease. Warm up the conversation with our Hyde Park Fire Chat Table. With up to 42,000 BTUs, the propane-fueled heating element warms guests within an 8 ft. radius. The 60" tabletop is large enough to keep refreshments within easy reach. . . . . . Included clips connect modular units together. Thick, high-density foam cushions are included . 100% solution-dyed acrylic and woven fabrics. All read more

Hyde Park 5-pc Modular Set with Fire Pit Table - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,379.81
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. Fine-furnitu...re design. 100% ingot aluminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered onyx finish with UV protected top coat. Extend your evenings indefinitely with the warm firelight of our Carlisle 4-piece Loveseat Set with Fire Table in Onyx Finish. The impeccable, grandly scaled cast-aluminum frame is crafted to stand the test of time. Fine furniture details such as scrolling arms and crisscrossing backs are in a rich, multilayered onyx finish. Premium 100% solution-dyed fabrics encase the seat and softly rounded back cushions.. . . . . Cushions included. 100% solution-dyed and woven fabrics. All-weather cushions have a high-resiliency foam core wrapped in plush polyester. Gas-powered table (42,000 BTUs). 8 ft. heating radius. 18-hour run time. Fully adjustable flame settings, from low to high. Fuel type: 20 lb. LP gas tank, sold separately. CSA approved fo read more

Carlisle 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table in Black Finish - Rumor Off-White with Dupione Sand Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$4,804.00 $6,379.81
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Carlisle Loveseat with Cushions, two Carlisle Lounge Chairs with Cushions, one Carlisle Fire Table. Fine-furnitu...re design. 100% ingot aluminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered onyx finish with UV protected top coat. Extend your evenings indefinitely with the warm firelight of our Carlisle 4-piece Loveseat Set with Fire Table in Onyx Finish. The impeccable, grandly scaled cast-aluminum frame is crafted to stand the test of time. Fine furniture details such as scrolling arms and crisscrossing backs are in a rich, multilayered onyx finish. Premium 100% solution-dyed fabrics encase the seat and softly rounded back cushions.. . . . . Cushions included. 100% solution-dyed and woven fabrics. All-weather cushions have a high-resiliency foam core wrapped in plush polyester. Gas-powered table (42,000 BTUs). 8 ft. heating radius. 18-hour run time. Fully adjustable flame settings, from low to high. Fuel type: 20 lb. LP gas tank, sold separately. CSA approved fo read more

Carlisle 4-pc Outdoor Loveseat Set with Fire Pit Table in Black Finish - Rumor Gray with Rumor Off-White Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
Frontgate
$6,080.00 $7,974.82
at Frontgate

Set includes: one Left-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, one Right-facing Arm Chair with Cushions, Two Center Chairs with Cushions a...nd one Fire Chat Table. Modern, clean lines and a fresh, squared shape. Richly hued, ocean-gray fibers. Handwoven premium resin wicker. Rust-resistant powdercoated frames. Extra-deep seating, spacious armrests and a fiberglass-reinforced concrete with a faux-bois wood-grained finish make our Hyde Park 5-piece Modular Set with Fire Table comfortable for most any setting. Hidden rust-resistant, powdercoated aluminum frames provide sturdy support and are light enough to quickly arrange with ease. Warm up the conversation with our Hyde Park Fire Chat Table. With up to 42,000 BTUs, the propane-fueled heating element warms guests within an 8 ft. radius. The 60" tabletop is large enough to keep refreshments within easy reach. . . . . . Included clips connect modular units together. Thick, high-density foam cushions are included . 100% solution-dyed acrylic and woven fabrics. All read more

Hyde Park 5-pc Modular Set with Fire Pit Table - Off-White with Sand Piping - Frontgate, Patio Furniture
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