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Old 08-10-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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We have a big Empire gas heater in our living room that provides most of the heat to our open-concept ranch house. It works well, it's just an eye-sore. It's also in the middle of the only open wall in the room, so we have everything (TV, couch, etc) sitting at a weird angle to the corner. I'd love to build (aka: have my hubby build) a "cover" for it, but obviously we don't want to do anything to limit the function and flow of the warm air coming from the furnace. It has a blower on the top left corner. Can we build a frame around it and use sheet metal from Home Depot (that's the first place we've seen decorative sheet metal, anyway) around the top half/front of the furnace to allow the air to move through?

Anything do-able with that? Other things we need to consider? Thanks!

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Beside impeding the function of it...anything other than metal is going to be a fire hazard.

About the only 'real' solution is a forced air heater...

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I agree, but in the off chance there's another way, posting a picture will help.
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Here's a pic of the heater...pardon the unfinished trim.

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Your kind of stuck with what you see.
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Changing to a different heat source is about your only option on this one.
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We did have one HVAC guy tell us (when he had come to repair it last winter) we could probably paint it, but only once. Though I have no idea how to go about painting something like that.... Thoughts on that?

And just so I understand the big picture....what makes it different from old radiators that people build covers around? (Not trying to argue that point, I just want to better understand this hunk of metal in our living room!)
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Radiators don't have a gas burner in them, that requires combustion air to work.
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If you have a crawl space that is deep enough, you could put a forced air heater down there. You would run the ducts in the craw space.

Trust me....once you get a 'real' heater, you will wonder why you waited so long. Instead of the heat being in one room....all your rooms will be warm.
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You certainly can paint it white to blend it into the walls. Use some Rustoleum. Buy a quart of white oil base to paint the flat parts and you could use a rattle can of Rustoleum white to spray the fins/vents. Hopefully you can pop off that cover and paint it in a garage or outdoor area so you don't create nasty fumes or damage some of the interior parts with spray paint. Not the ideal solution, but it will make it blend into the wall and hide it some.
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Radiators don't have a gas burner in them, that requires combustion air to work.
And if you add a layer of paint and even slightly reduce the opening in those fins it can overheat or be a hazard. That unit/appliance is UL and CSA/CGA rated the way it is. If you alter it then the safety rating is void. They are tested in a lab with those size of openings and engineered for them. Even small changes can be hazardous. Only option would be to take the cover off and sandblast the paint off and add the same amount later.
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Thank you all! Incredibly disappointing for me, but maybe we'll just paint a big smiley face on the front panel and try to live with it. ;-)

We'd love to do a whole house furnace but we don't have a crawl space and we have 2 quotes at over $7000, which simply isn't an option for us with everything else we need to do on the house, and knowing we may have to sell it and move again in a couple years. :-(

As far as arranging furniture, though....are there guidelines then, as to how far away a couch/chair/desk need to be from this unit? I haven't had much luck finding that info online.
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Nothing in front of it. 6 to 12" a way from the sides.
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How many sq. ft. is this house?
One of my rentals is only about 800 sq. ft. and it's all heated and cooled by what's called a mini split.
Uses very little power and simple to install. No duct work needed.
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How many sq. ft. is this house?
One of my rentals is only about 800 sq. ft. and it's all heated and cooled by what's called a mini split.
Uses very little power and simple to install. No duct work needed.
The house is about 1600 sq. ft, and there's another smaller gas furnace in the room that used to be the garage (and was poorly remodeled and has no insulation).

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