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Most durable commercial heater

If you own a workshop, warehouse or other commercial space, you know how these places can quickly become insufferably cold. Now that the seasons are changing, we've compiled a short list of some of the most durable commercial heaters on the market.

Fostoria FES-1524-1A

Air-n-Water's Comment:

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Fostoria is known for their high-quality commercial and industrial heaters. The FES-1524-1A is an electric salamander heater that will never run out of fuel so long as you continue to pay the electric bill. It offers efficient operation and high portability with the built-in handle and 10" wheels. Electric heaters generate warmth through a central heating element that is housed in a reflective enclosure that concentrates the energy produced. Fan-forced heaters pass air over the heating element to expel heat from the enclosure for greater throw and circulation. Radiant heaters do not use a fan, but warm nearby objects through energy transfer. Heaters are used in a range of commercial applications that include shop floors, construction sites, and industrial buildings.

The finned tubular steel heating element helps draw air flow and discharge heat, while the forced air fan distributes and circulates heat through a room. The heater includes a thermostat for adjustable temperature control from 40 to 100 degrees F, as well as an automatic reset and high-limit cutout switch for overheat protection. A fan-only switch supports air circulation without running the heating element. The 15kW heater can provide a temperature rise up to 45 degrees. The single-phase, 240V wiring is compatible with some appliance circuits.

Quick specs:

  • Heats up to 4,266 square feet.
  • 10 in. alloy wheels improve mobility
  • Temperature ranges from 40 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Turbo mode heats faster.

Q-Mark MUH0521

Air-n-Water's Comment:

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Perfect for factories, this Q-Mark commercial heater is powerful and compact to ensure that it can be as flexible as possible when it comes to installation. We tested it and found it to offer superior heating, especially in a large, uninsulated warehouse. High ceilings provide a perfect space to trap heat and leave cold air on the ground, with this targeted fan, it forces hot air exactly where it needs to be. This unit is relatively compact so that it can be installed nearly anywhere.

On the technical side, this electric unit heaters has Advanced pull-through airflow design draws air across the aluminum-finned copper-clad steel sheath heating element for even air distribution and cooler, long-life element operation. Automatic reset thermal shutdown protects heater from damage if normal operating temperatures are exceeded. Lightweight units are easy to install with no piping flues, valves, or taps. 20-ga. powder-coated steel housing and totally enclosed fan motor. Use as primary, supplementary, spot, or dual-system heating in a variety of applications and environments.

Quick specs:

  • Adjustable louvers target heating
  • Easy to use
  • Heats up to 500 sq. ft.
  • Safe to use nearly anywhere

Customer's comments:

grazeem of Phoenix, AZ said:

We bought 12 of these in 1997, and they are all still running, and have been almost no problem. I had to replace one (1) fan motor last year, that's it.

Dayton E52

Air-n-Water's Comment:

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Dayton has made a name for themselves. Having nothing to do with Daytona, these folks produce quality heating products suitable for all manner of commercial needs. Kerosene-powered, this unit can produce up to 210,000 BTUs of staggeringly hot heat. Highly portable, it can be wheeled about your warehouse with ease. Enjoy up to 8 hours of burn time on a single tank of fuel.

Kerosene is combustible hydrocarbon liquid commonly used as a heating fuel. Traditionally, it has been used for lighting in rural areas where electrical distribution is not available or too costly for widespread use. Kerosene in some U.S. jurisdictions is legally required to be stored in a blue container to avoid it being confused with the much more flammable, which is typically kept in a red container. In other jurisdictions, like many in Europe, there are no specific requirements for the storage of kerosene other than the container has to be closed and marked with its contents.

Quick specs:

  • Covers up to 5,000 sq. ft.
  • A massive 210,000 BTUs of heat
  • Can run up to 8-hours between refueling
  • Kerosene powered heat

Customer's comments:

Marie who hails from Barstow, CA commented:

We have 4 of these heaters for our shop they do real well to warm the area where they are working.