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Unread 11-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Kerosene vs Propane Heater?

I want to get a heater for when I'm working/hanging out in my 2 car garage. And as an emergency back up for the house in case of a winter storm.

What type do you guys recommend?

Particular brands/models?

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Unread 11-08-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Unread 11-08-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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I picked up a 125k btu torpedo heater a few weeks ago, seems to work well but its loud. Youre basically standing in front of a little jet engine. But you also dont have to stand within a foot of it to get warm like the propane heaters ive used, set it 10 feet away and strip off your jacket. Kerosene at the store is aout $12/gallon but running diesel is only 3 something right now.
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Does it require electricity?
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neither is suited for a closed space but a kero heater will generally make everything in range stink and they do require power for the fan. I have a couple of heaters that mount to the top of a 20# propane tank and they heat well. Neither is much good it there is a breeze.
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Gotcha, it will be 95% for garage use.
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Yep, no power no heat. Propane has a leg up in that front, just doesnt heat as well.
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I have a problem with open flame heaters in an area where there may be flammable chemicals.
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I have a problem with open flame heaters in an area where there may be flammable chemicals.
I have a natural gas water heater in my garage. Same thing
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Radiant propane heaters are worthless IMO. Forced air though are great since they move the air around, but do require electricity to run the fan. We used to own 1100 square foot shop with 23' ceilings. It had a heater but it was natural gas and it was absurdly expensive to run. We bought a small 35k btu forced air propane heater and about 30 minutes of running was all it took. We now use it in our 2 car garage at home and about 5 minutes of running and I'm fully opening all the doors to cool it back down.

Of course be smart, when your running them in a garage keep a door cracked and the garage door cracked open.
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I agree radiant propane heaters arnt all that. I have a forced air one that works awesome though. Not sure of the btus. I hear bullet heaters are even better but i never used one, and theres the whole open flame issue. At least with a forced air, furnace etc the flame is not out in the open.
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neither is suited for a closed space but a kero heater will generally make everything in range stink and they do require power for the fan. I have a couple of heaters that mount to the top of a 20# propane tank and they heat well. Neither is much good it there is a breeze.


2nd that. Propane is much cleaner, and doesn't
smell. It's a clean burning fuel, I'll tell ya what!

I used a heater buddy in my living room before
I got the wood stove. Blocked off the rest of
the house, and it kept it in the mid 60's. The
rest of the house was well below 50*....

(This was durning an ice storm a while back)
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Why don't you just get a wood stove?
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