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jmschroeder 11-04-2010 02:09 PM

This is probably a simple question but...
 
...is there any way to make my kerosene heater (which has a push-button start, I think that's what it's called) automatically start when the power goes out? I have a cabin in a rural area that has lots of power failures. I like to be able to use it in the winter but I don't like frozen pipes! My husband used to take care of things like this but since he's gone I'm trying to become more handy! Thank you.

Maryann

DexterII 11-04-2010 03:42 PM

Simple answer to a simple question... no, for a variety of reasons. I would not want to store kerosene in the house, period. Any heat source requires proper ventilation, which heaters typically do not provide. The tank would limit its' usefullness. While heaters can provide some protection against freezing pipes, it is generally minimal, due to the fact that they do not put the heat in the right places, i.e. crawl spaces, etc., where your pipes are generally located. These are only a few reasons, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the many things to consider. Although these obviously fall into a different price range, you would be much better served to talk with a plumber about modifying your plumbing such that it can be drained while you are away, or to an electrician about a standby generator system. And, before you proceed with either, try to get at least 3 bids, or, if that is not possible, as I know can be the case in more remote areas where some vacation homes are located, at least have a knowledgable friend review the details before you proceed.

a7ecorsair 11-04-2010 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jmschroeder (Post 528575)
...is there any way to make my kerosene heater (which has a push-button start, I think that's what it's called) automatically start when the power goes out? I have a cabin in a rural area that has lots of power failures. I like to be able to use it in the winter but I don't like frozen pipes! My husband used to take care of things like this but since he's gone I'm trying to become more handy! Thank you.

Maryann

To me it sounds like the cabin is heated with electric heat, is this correct? Is this cabin kept warm all winter or is the heat only on when the cabin is being used?

frenchelectrican 11-05-2010 02:11 AM

DexterII.,

I have oil burning stove heater it simauir to the kenornse heater however it is a permament unit with direct vent so I can able start and leave it running for a quite a bit of time.

Now for the OP which type of Kenornse heater you are talking a portable unit or permament unit ?? that will make the diffrence there.

Merci.
Marc

DexterII 11-05-2010 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by frenchelectrican (Post 528882)
I have oil burning stove heater it simauir to the kenornse heater however it is a permament unit with direct vent so I can able start and leave it running for a quite a bit of time.

Yes, and thank you, Sir, for clarifying that. It occurred to me later last evening that I had made an assumption, perhaps erroneously, that the OP was referring to what I think of as a more-or-less typical heater, but there are indeed heaters that are capable of perhaps meeting the needs, depending on several factors. An adequate ventilation system would be required, and whether or not an automatic "power off" system exists, I do not know. It would seem though that they could be left on, with the thermostat set 10-20 degrees below the primary heat settings. One issue that still comes to mind is whether or not it would put the heat where it needs to be, in order to prevent pipes from freezing, as that was one of the concerns mentioned as to the reason for backup heat.


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