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Propane Heater
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Andy    Posted 01-05-2003 at 07:51:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Has anyone used one of the Procom type gas stoves or fireplaces? Thinking of getting one and would like to know how they heat. Is it cheaper than electric? Do they put noticable moisture in the air? How long can you run a 40,000 BTU unit on a 100lb cylindar? Any other brands that are good? tks, Andy

DeadCarp    Posted 01-05-2003 at 16:49:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got a propane one for the cabin years ago, liked it so much we use the natual gas version for the apartments & cafe too now. (5 heaters altogether) Yep, they're tons cheaper than electric heat. Get the thermostat-controled ones.

JoeK    Posted 01-05-2003 at 13:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use a 28000btu propane"Charmglow" space heater in my shop.Set up with a thermostat in cold(below freezing)weather I get appx 24 hrs out of a 20lb tank at 60-65 degrees.I believe the literature states"wide open" consumption at appx 1.3lb per hour with the thermostatic control reducing that by only firing when needed.Check literature on units you're considering,most units should list gas consumtion rate.As to ability,you need to calculate the area your going to warm and determine BTUs needed for desired max temp room=1920 cubic ft x.133 x desired temp rise(-1O outside to +68inside)=78 degree rise SO,20x12x8x.133x78=19,918.08 BTU so a 20K BTU heater would do the job,but have little reserve for sudden cold snapand be operating at max output most of the time.These figures are based on a freestanding bldg(garage/shop)NOT a room within a house but show the procedure for sizing a unit.Another thing here,if I recall right,a"100lb" cylinder only contains 76? or such lbs of usable fuel when you calculate usage.

OOPS ,THATS FILL**********    Posted 01-05-2003 at 17:58:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Usable would be less.

Hogman ********80% MAXIMUM************    Posted 01-05-2003 at 17:55:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
which should mahaps be reduced based on temp expected during use.

bob ny    Posted 01-05-2003 at 11:50:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
i use a small hanging propane as suplement heat
in the basement for wifes craft room been using
it for three years no complaints got it plumbed into gas line

Homesteader    Posted 01-05-2003 at 09:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've used a couple of different propane "fireplace" style
heaters and wall heaters over the years. On most of
them a 100 lb tank is the smallest you can use or they'll
frost over and stop working. I used a lot of propane
(water heater, cook range, etc.), so I'm not sure how
long it'd last using just the heater. I was pretty happy
with mine, though you're not supposed to use them as
your only means of heat. They're cheap enough that
you can afford to try 'em out and see. good luck!

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