Gas Heater?

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  1. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Well I went got a Gas Heater.It says to put it 36" from ceiling.But where I want it I can only get it 21".

    My wife told me to put it up.So I did as the Boss said.She says leave it on Low which is all we need and it will be ok.

    Ok what do you Guys think?

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  2. Bearfootfarm

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    Maybe you can put some type of heat shield on the ceiling or just above the heater
     

  3. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    I'd definitely consider some kind of heat shield or better yet, relocating the heater or using a different kind of heater. 21" is not even 60% of the required distance. You've cut the recommended distance almost in half. That would make me nervous.

    Our gas heaters don't have "high" and "low" they have numbers 1 through 5. Turn it to 1 and it gets just as hot as if it were set to 5 but not as often or for as long. Yours might be different; I've only ever been around these two gas heaters so I'm not sure.

    Sounds like you're asking for trouble. Just seems too risky to me. A fire is bad bad bad news.
     
  4. crafty2002

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    What kind of ceiling do you have. If it sheetrock you are probably safe, but it wouldn't hurt to doulbe the sheekrock over it amd maybe a foot or so arounf it. You can mud and tape the edges at a 45 tp 60 degree bevel and make it look nice too. 1" of sheet rock is pretty fire proof. It won't burn in the fireplace so I would doubt that a heat 21" away from it will hurt it at all.
     
  5. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    Well thats what she said.She said if I was really worried I might put that Cement Board up,if you know what I mean.

    This Heater isn't the one I thought it was,it don't kick on and off,it just burns all the time.But you can adjust the flame.

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  6. Fire-Man

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    Do this-----------after the heater has been running a few minutes----Lay the back of your hand against the ceiling above it----keep checking it for a while--if it is getting uncomfortablely hot-------you better put up a heat shield or run a fan blowing on the ceiling where it is hot. If it does not get Hot------ or Real warm----it will be fine. Sounds like you got a heater without a thermostat if it burns all the time--I got to have that thermostat!! Good Luck!! Randy


    PS---A Cheap Heat shield for the ceiling is one of those metal mats that you put under a wood heater-----mount it with some 1" or more spacers so its not against the ceiling.