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Old 01-04-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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I have a 6 x 10 glass greenhouse and would like to heat it just enough to get that icy winter chill out of the air at night. I am thinking about a portable kerosene heater but know absolutely nothing about them. Are any made that have a thermostat? I want something that will just take the chill out of the air and not to bring it to room temp. I've no experience with these heaters and hope that might be a solution. A portable elect. heater is just too expensive to run. Any advise would be appreciated.

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They smell awful and may give off fumes which harm your plants. Some greenhouses use open chimney gas furnaces as the co2 from the chimney is beneficial to plants. Therefore a propane heater would be a good bet. Should be able to shop around and find one with a thermostat. Be VERY careful how you setup ANY heater and leave it unattended. They can tip over or have any variety of weird things happen and cause a fire!! The electric heater is probably the safest bet. Has proper UL safety controls etc. Have seen a few fires in my lifetime and you do not want to get involved with the fire inspector or insurance co by trying to save a few $$.


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What about propane or natural gas...??? Will be much cleaner...
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And you might check this
http://housing.cce.cornell.edu/f-sht...at%20fuels.pdf
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They smell awful and may give off fumes which harm your plants. Some greenhouses use open chimney gas furnaces as the co2 from the chimney is beneficial to plants. Therefore a propane heater would be a good bet. Should be able to shop around and find one with a thermostat. Be VERY careful how you setup ANY heater and leave it unattended. They can tip over or have any variety of weird things happen and cause a fire!! The electric heater is probably the safest bet. Has proper UL safety controls etc. Have seen a few fires in my lifetime and you do not want to get involved with the fire inspector or insurance co by trying to save a few $$.

Didn't ever consider that. Interesting, Yuri.
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Ronnie, do some google searching to get some more info. Years ago, I used one for supplemental heat, messy to refill, and the fumes sneak up on you, nice headache. Also be sure the fuel is readily available in your area. For a your green house, may be the best solution. Mine didn't have a thermostat, haven't seen that on one but wasn't looking either, control the heat by turning the wick up or down.
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You'll have lots of condensation in a green house, if you only take the chill out.

May be you want it to have 100% RH, may be not.
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These units can be controlled by a plug in thermostat. I use them on construction sites and in my shop. These heaters have an electrical blower also. If your does not, it many standalone units do have thermostats.
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You'll have lots of condensation in a green house, if you only take the chill out.

May be you want it to have 100% RH, may be not.

Yeah but the upside is 100% efficiency and no flue loss!

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