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Portable Gas Heaters: Safe, Affordable, and Handy
Gas heaters are useful in a variety of situations, keeping you warm and comfortable when needed. Enjoy superior heating that's easy to useand accessible. Read on to understand the fuel types and appreciate howbeneficial a gas heater can be.
Gas Heaters: Know the Basics
Propane: Propane gas is produced from both natural gas andcrude-oil refining. It's a hydrocarbon that's sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG. 97% of propane is produced in the United States.It's non-toxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. Typically an additive isadded to LP gas that causes an odor, making it easy to detect leaks should theyoccur.
Propane is a clean alternative fuel that's environmentallysafe. It's one of the most popular fuel alternatives. More than 12 million people in the U.S. use propane for space heating. It's even named a clean fuelalternative in the 1990 Clean Air Act.
Kerosene: Kerosene oil is an organic compound derived frompetroleum. It's less volatile than gasoline and reaches a temperature of 285-610 degrees F. It's typically used in lamps, heaters, and furnaces. Kerosene is anefficient heat source, and when used properly, a safe cost effective alternativeto propane.
When first ignited, kerosene oil gives off a faint odor anda small amount of smoke. This dissipates after a couple of minutes. Kerosene isan efficient heat source, and when used properly, a safe cost effectivealternative to propane.
Oil: Heating oil is a liquid petroleum product and used as fuel in portable oil-fired gasheaters. Like propane and kerosene, it's stored in tanks and heats large spaces.It condenses at a hotter temperature than other types of fuel. It's also aclean energy source and environmentally friendly.
It's commonly used in space heaters (electric and gas), furnaces, orboilers.
Types of Portable Gas Heaters
Patio Gas Heaters: Patio gas heaters are used for bothresidential and commercial purposes. Ideally, these gas heaters use propane fueland heat large outdoor areas. Use patio gas heaters to keep your backyardcomfortably warm. Offering about 40,000 BTU's, these gas heaters warm up to 20sq. ft. of space.
If you own a restaurant with outdoor seating, patio gasheaters are a great way to keep guests warm on chilly summer nights. These gasheaters are economical, flattering to the outdoor environment, and useful. Theyserve a purpose and prove effective. They keep outdoor spaces well-heated.
Utility Gas Heaters: These gas heaters are user-friendly and perfect for any garage. They're small and take up very little space. Simplyattach the fuel tank and turn it on. These gas heaters produce enough heat tosufficiently warm 600 sq. ft. of space. Using gas heaters to warm the garagemakes it possible to enjoy your favorite hobbies all year long.
Commercial Gas Heaters: Commercial gas heaters offer 40,000-150,000 BTU's and can warm up to 4500 sq. ft. of space. These gas heatersare easy to setup and use. Most models use propane as a fuel source; however,some of these gas heaters burn kerosene or heating oil.
All of these gas heaters are efficient and will keep you warm, but it's best to research the types of fuel readily available in the areayou live before making a purchase. Accessibility should be an important factor.
Where to Use Portable Gas Heaters
- Construction sites
- Agricultural areas
- Farm or ranch
- Manufacturing and industrial plants
- Outdoor living space
Portable Gas Heaters: Great Backup Plan
- Natural Disaster
- Power Outage
Hopefully, we all have emergency kits ready to go in theevent of a natural disaster or power outage. Batteries, water, blankets,flashlights or lanterns, and canned foods are all necessities; portable gas heaters are a great emergency resource too. Stock up on fuel and use gas heatersto keep warm when the temperature drops.
Gas heaters run for hours before needing a refill and keeplarge spaces sufficiently warm. No matter what the emergency: earthquake,hurricane, tornado, or communal trauma, portable gas heaters can keep everyonecomfortably warm. Moreover, there's no electricity required, and in emergencysituations they're safe and effective.
If you're preparing an emergency kit, imagine differentscenarios and prepare accordingly. In almost every situation, gas heaters are afactor to be considered.
Gas heaters are an affordable heat source. Keeping fueltanks handy for these situations is inexpensive too. This investment costslittle, but the payoff is vast. To be fully prepared purchase enough fuel forabout 3 months of heating, and store the fuel according to manufacturerrecommendations.
A few emergency heating tips:
- Assess the conditions of the emergency, making sure it'ssafe to setup a heater
- If conditions allow, clear an area and prepare for heating
- Make sure all combustibles are out of the way
- Make sure there's plenty of ventilation
- Follow user guidelines and setup gas heater according tomanufacturer directions
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times
Gas heaters are ideal in these situations. They're a greatalternative fuel source that can create an environment for you and your familyto rest in.
Portable Gas Heaters: A Safe Heat Source
To clarify, gas heaters are safe. Many fear carbon monoxidepoisoning; however, following manufacturer instructions, gas heaters areharmless. Most models offer safety features for worry-free use, and if the areayou're heating is properly ventilated, there's no need to worry about carbonmonoxide. Below are a few safety tips, looking for a few manufacturer safetyfeatures and following a few simple tips can make using gas heaters much easier.
- Provide adequate ventilation
- Test for leaks
- Refuel outdoors
- Store excess fuel as recommended by the manufacturer
- Keep clear of combustible materials
- Temperature limit control
- Overheat protection
- Flame out sensor
Gas heaters are highly recommended for outdoor heating. Inwell-ventilated areas, gas heaters are the most effective heat source. They'regreat for combating winter cold, ideal for worksites, great in emergency situations, and perfect for camping, fishing, or any other outdoor activity. They're safe, affordable, and effective. Although the cost of fuel varies, gasheaters run for hours before requiring refueling.
Gas heaters are inexpensive to operate and you can't beatthe convenience. Setup is easy, and it begins heating the environment inminutes. These gas heaters are reliable. You can depend on them in an emergencysituation to provide ample warmth. There's nothing more convenient than a gasheater.