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Propane Heaters Question.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DuneHopper, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    So I am pretty old school when it comes to heat wood and or fuel was the way I went.
    So anyways in my shop its getting colder and I am getting older o_O and purchases a propane heater that uses my 20lb ones. It says for outdoor use, but I have seen friends and family use these in shops even those big flame thrower types. They make indoor that uses those dink dsiposables but to me thats a waste and they look cheaply made.

    So other the the obvious open flame why do they say not indoors.
    ( I wont be painting, or using sprays near it I realize that but wondered why it says indoors
    but I see them in allot of shops even commercial ones )

    Thanks
     
  2. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My experience with these in the construction industry would say the #1 concern is carbon monoxide. If you are not adequately ventilated, you could potentially build up a deadly level of CO gas. I recall there are some versions that are what I would call 'safer' for indoor use, but be darn sure. And, either way, I would be sure you have a functional CO alarm in your workspace, just to be extra safe - you can't see or smell CO gas.
     
  3. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    how big is your shop?

    My buddy and i have had good luck with the dragon heaters (big flame ones) that run off of propane in his 30x60 shop. granted the shop is insulated and we keep the doors shut... havent had any carbon monoxide sensors go off yet so i figure we're fine. he is planning on puttin a wood stove in it though.
     
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  4. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Carbon monoxide poisoning. Like family of eight found dead in trailer...authorities said they used a propane heater in an enclosed space.
     
  5. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Its probably a 15x10 about the size of a 1 car garage. The heater has three setting it the one they sell at Bimart for like 49.95 the flame is maybe 1/4 inch off the pad.
     
  6. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i use my "buddy heater" with a 5 gallon propane tank too. supposedly it has a CO sensor or low oxygen sensor...anyway, have let that run all night in a canvas wall tent while out hunting. no problems there either. i guess the biggest thing is adequate ventilation.
     
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  7. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    I could always leave the door open a crack I realize heating the whole room is hard so its more to be aimed in my direction when sitting or standing at the bench. I was going to go electric but none I found really worked and were not efficient.

    PS I have carb sensor in the shop area.
     
  8. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    a buddy or big buddy heater will do the job in a two car garage. there is adapter hoses that will make them run off a big tank instead of the little green ones.
     
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  9. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Oh mine hooks on the 5gallon size I opted not to get the small tank ones.
     
  10. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    also, watch for bi mart around black friday. buddy heaters are CHEEEAAAAAPPP.
     
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  11. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys for the quick replies ok I will make sure to be ventilated well and my co alarm is working. Anytime I fireup gas powered item in my shop it goes off so should work well on this.
     
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  12. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Carbon Monoxide is your only concern.

    Get a little ventilation going here and there and if your sensors do not go off then your good to go.

    If it has a low setting, use that and you probably won't need to vent anything.
     
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  13. Wayne

    Wayne Near Tacoma Active Member

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    I use to use a torpedo style to get my unisulated shop shop up to 65/7o. It would take 10 15 minuets to get to that temp, then I would turn it off and let my 220 volt heater take over. I sold the torpedo , it was just to loud. Now I just turn on the electric a couple hours before I go out there. It never killed me but use it at your risk,
     
  14. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    Any time! not like i have anything goin on at work LOL.

    yeah its slow around here.
     
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  15. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Cheap insurance.

    Get a CO detector and put it at the lowest place in the shop or at
    The base
    Of
    The heater.
     
  16. tommy98466

    tommy98466 University Place, WA Active Member

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    I think what the Propane Fuel does is it sucks the oxygen out of the room. I think that is different then Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Or is Carbon Monoxide poisoning just the term used when there is oxygen present even after using a fuel, such as Propane or running a gasoline engine in an enclosed space? Anybody?
     
  17. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A safer solution would be an electric heater - either with a regular element or infrared - if you're not opposed to using electric, that is.
    The CO is produced when fuel, such as propane is burned. When the burning is incomplete, such as if the burner is malfunctioning, high levels of CO can be produced. Since you can't see or smell it, there is no way to know, save for a CO alarm, if levels are getting dangerously high.
     
  18. tommy98466

    tommy98466 University Place, WA Active Member

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    OK but CO (Carbon Dioxide) isn't Carbon Monoxide.
     
  19. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    CO = Carbon MONoxide
    CO2 = Carbon DIoxide

    We exhale Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Monoxide will kill us in the right amounts.
     
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  20. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    C1 O1. So it is monoxide.

    CO2. Is carbon dioxide
     
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