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Old 08-11-2013, 05:06 PM   #16
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Even better, get rid of that archiac unit, and go with a mini-split or high velocity heat pump unit.

You could have a cover built, like they do with radiators, but it would also have to have sheet metal inside to protect the wood, if you make the cover out of wood.

What is the actual output temp of the unit, and what is the temp of the sheet metal covering the unit, when it is running?

You could also do a switch to turn it off when not using, by having it plugged into a switched circuit. I would use a AFCI breaker, or GFCI outlet to protect from any problems though, if I went with that route, just to be on the safe side.

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If you make any kind of cover it will slow down the airflow patterns thru it and make the house feel worse from lack of circulation plus it could possibly overheat it. Safety and design of the unit come first. Don't want to read about you in the news when you get CO poisoning or there is a fire.

People get CO poisoning from small appliances/units like that one just as easily as bigger furnaces. Gas fireplaces also.
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If you make any kind of cover it will slow down the airflow patterns thru it and make the house feel worse from lack of circulation plus it could possibly overheat it. Safety and design of the unit come first. Don't want to read about you in the news when you get CO poisoning or there is a fire.

People get CO poisoning from small appliances/units like that one just as easily as bigger furnaces. Gas fireplaces also.
Yep. If the fan moves more air out from the cover, then the cover lets in for heating. It will draw the combusted gasses back in and blow them into the house.

No safe way to cover it, and make it look better.
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The cover comes off the unit. Take it to a automotive body shop and they can paint it any color or even design you want. Other option would be to check with your local high school or technical school to see if they take on projects. Most time they'll do this kind of thing for cost of materials and a small "donation".

By no means cover the unit with anything or try building it in to hide it.
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The cover comes off the unit. Take it to a automotive body shop and they can paint it any color or even design you want. Other option would be to check with your local high school or technical school to see if they take on projects. Most time they'll do this kind of thing for cost of materials and a small "donation".

By no means cover the unit with anything or try building it in to hide it.

Good Idea, and probably they can sandblast it too. Looks like it is brown and dirty and new paint won't stick to that either.

and to get real fancy maybe they can put some nice racing flames on it.
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The cover comes off the unit. Take it to a automotive body shop and they can paint it any color or even design you want. Other option would be to check with your local high school or technical school to see if they take on projects. Most time they'll do this kind of thing for cost of materials and a small "donation".

By no means cover the unit with anything or try building it in to hide it.
The entire cover comes off? Or just the front panel? Thanks for the ideas!

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