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Shop Heaters: Propane or Kerosene?

Looking at those construction site style heaters. Propane or Kerosene? Which one one is most likely to kill me from CO2 poisoning?
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Old December 18th, 2011, 06:04 PM
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Propane is easier to deal with, but boy do those things suck down fuel. Very expensive way to heat.
I have a Kero/diesel one and I get a days worth of heat from a tank. I think it's a ten gallon set tank. That's almost $50!
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Old December 18th, 2011, 06:36 PM
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Problem is I can't use electricity, and can't run gas out to the garage, so I am stuck with some sort of mobile solution. I've never bought kerosene, but I'd think it would be more economical solution.
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I have a propane, think its 50,000 btu, and a propane bottle lasts 14hrs. I installed a wood stove and put a fan behind it last month. Realize thats not an option for most but it warms my drafty 1700 sq foot shop up fast and keeps it very comfortable.

either propane or kerosense heaters need elecrtic for the blower motor to be of any real use.
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Ive tried Kerosene and it sucks. It gave me the worst headaches. Literally wasnt able to work more than an hour or so before I had to stop. Maybe its just me but the fumes from the kerosene were terrible.
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Ive tried Kerosene and it sucks. It gave me the worst headaches. Literally wasnt able to work more than an hour or so before I had to stop. Maybe its just me but the fumes from the kerosene were terrible.
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A garage with no electricity?
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A garage with no electricity?
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Hey Angel eyes,
If you haven't got any power, and you don't mind pokin' a hole in your roof, a double barrel wood stove is pretty hard to beat. Harbor freight or Northern hydraulics will have the parts. Kerosene will give you a hell of a headache. Propane and kerosene really oughtta be vented...

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Go with a universal Oil Burner and get the tax write off! These things will burn all types of fluids and grease!
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Isn't a garage with no electricity called a shed?

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Go with a universal Oil Burner and get the tax write off! These things will burn all types of fluids and grease!
And they're dirty as shit and the burners always clog up. You spend more time working on them than using them.
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Isn't a garage with no electricity called a shed?

And they're dirty as shit and the burners always clog up. You spend more time working on them than using them.
Thanks. My post wasn't to debate perceived garage/shop/shed/outhouse naming conventions, it was to ask about differences in heaters.

If I actually owned the garage I would have power and gas running to it, but Uncle Sam owns it.
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If you are just tring to stay warm while you are working on something then I think propane radiant heat is probably your best option. Keeps you warm without having to heat the whole space and there is nothing to install.
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If you are just tring to stay warm while you are working on something then I think propane radiant heat is probably your best option. Keeps you warm without having to heat the whole space and there is nothing to install.
I know, but the radiant ones only heat a small area and I'm trying to heat a larger area. Plus, since these heaters create a lot of CO, I want something I can put near a fresh air source and blow in to the garage without killing me. I've used the small radiant heaters before, but I end up with a CO headache after an hour or so.
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add a small generator to the equation ?
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add a small generator to the equation ?
My new shop sucks right now. I have to run 220v and 110v extension cords from the house to get anything done. The one 20amp electrical outlet in the garage is also tied to stuff in the house. I can't even power up the compressor without the lights flickering. Gotta love military housing....
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I use a propane radiant style one that mounts on top of the tank. Works well. No measured CO (get a detector...) and is quiet. They do eat the oxygen over time, so some ventilation is needed.

Not sure what Bill is on about it being more expensive??? Propane is not normally more expensive than Kero or Diesel.

edit: one if these: http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=42&id=119 Lots of heat for a two car garage and it adjusts down.
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I use a propane radiant style one that mounts on top of the tank. Works well. No measured CO (get a detector...) and is quiet. They do eat the oxygen over time, so some ventilation is needed.

Not sure what Bill is on about it being more expensive??? Propane is not normally more expensive than Kero or Diesel.

edit: one if these: http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=42&id=119 Lots of heat for a two car garage and it adjusts down.
I have a two burner one of those, but was hoping for a little more heat. I think I am going propane anyway, but maybe try to find something between the monster heaters and the tank-top heaters.
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Think I'd do something like this, and just run it off a 20lb propane tank.
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-MH20.../dp/B0000C6E39
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Think I'd do something like this, and just run it off a 20lb propane tank.
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-MH20.../dp/B0000C6E39
Wow, that's actually a cool heater. I like the BTU output too.
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