We heat entirely by wood heat..no central heating system in this old farmhouse. Unable to get natural gas and don't really want to try for oil or electric heat either ..so..Have a chance to buy a 3 year old propane vent-less heater. It would probably heat the house well and keep the pipes from freezing if we decide to visit family during these cold PA months. The propane company that I buy gas from for hot water and kitchen stove said they would charge me a $1 less a gallon for gas if I got a bigger "snowman" gas tank. Paying not $3.89 now..because the less you use the more it cost. So..what do you all think. We're not getting any younger to haul and chop wood and the cost of wood is going up and harder to buy lately. Any thoughts ..??
We have the ventless propane heater. We love it, it has the thermastat on it. Also has the automatic fan but you can use it without the fan. It has a pilot light and a button to push to ignite the pilot. Best heater we've ever owned. We had the Dearburn but it didn't put out enough heat.
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I would not try to actually heat with a ventless propane heater.
Water vapor is one of the chief by-products of propane heat and with ventless than means it goes into your living space. No, this is not vapor that'll just keep the static down, it's vapor that can rot your house!
A three year old ventless should cost you less than $100, but you will have that again in installation costs. Any deal from the gas supplier needs to be IN WRITING, with something like a 90 day notice prior to any change in terms, or their claim isn't worth squat.
Propane heating costs can be a surprise. Ask neighbors what they pay each winter, and then estimate based on that.
My take would be to go ahead if the heater is infrared and not blue flame (infrared supposedly burns a little cleaner) and has no "stars" (white hot spots) on the ceramic. However, I would then use it as little as possible.
re: health. ANY combustion of anything but pure hydrogen and oxygen will have by-products. Propane heaters are designed to minimize those, but they do exist. Looking long and hard at ours, I've decided that I'm comfortable with the actual heating part of it, but I don't like the pilot flame, which has tinges of yellow, indicating incomplete combustion. Solution? Keep the pilot off until we plan to use the thing.
Last edited by Harry Chickpea; 02/27/11 at 02:28 PM.
My "vented" Propane heater works without electricity.
The only thing it has is a electric fan. but I installed that myself, as I wanted to circulate the warm air better, It was not in the unit when I moved in, so it does not need that fan electric fan running to work and warm up the building.
It is a separate unit and plugs into a unit, has nothing to do how the furnace works. It has its own thermostat that comes on and blows the hot air out the front, but is not needed.
So this means the heater will still work even if the power is out.
Love mine for backup heat. Wouldn't want to use it fulltime, due to moisture levels. Came in handy during the ice storm of 2002 when we were without power for a week. Heated our 1200 square foot house fine. The back bedrooms were a little chilly, but they were warmer than most of the folks on here keep their house anyway (according to previous threads I've read!).