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Old 02-24-2008, 02:55 AM   #1
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I am trying to heat up a small 6x12 enclosed trailer as quickly as possible. It is finished out and insulated. Actually one of those small $20 1500 watt portable 120v heaters will do the job but it takes a while.

My problem is this trailer houses some computers that won't even turn on until it is about 45 degrees. Often on cold mornings when we arrive on the jobsite and fire up the generator it takes a while to reach this temperature which delays my whole crew getting started.

I am looking for something either 120v or 240v that will heat it up in a hurry. I was thinking 4 of the 1500 watt small heaters would do the job but maybe there was something better? I have looked around in the home improvemnet stores and have not seen anyrhing over 1500 watts.

I have a 10,000 watt generator to power it.

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Old 02-24-2008, 09:23 AM   #2
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NOTHING electric is going to heat a space that size quickly. Try a small LP gas in-wall heater that can run at all times w/o electricity.

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Never heard of a computer not loving cold air. Just leave them on all night. Change the settings so they will not sleep or disconnect the fan on the processor.
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Never heard of a computer not loving cold air. Just leave them on all night. Change the settings so they will not sleep or disconnect the fan on the processor.

I dont think he wants to run the generator all night...
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Thanks for the replies. This computer is not a regular computer. It is a specialized piece of equipment that for some reason does not want to turn on until about 45 degrees and it wants to shut off at 100 degrees.

Leaving the generator on all night it not really an option.

I am not needing it to heat up in seconds, but quicker than one 1500 watt heater.

Right now we get there about 7am, and it may be 10 degrees. Start generatror and heater and it is 45 degrees inside by 8am. Little heater has it so hot in there I have to turn it off by 10 am.
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Thanks for the replies. This computer is not a regular computer. It is a specialized piece of equipment that for some reason does not want to turn on until about 45 degrees and it wants to shut off at 100 degrees.

Leaving the generator on all night it not really an option.

I am not needing it to heat up in seconds, but quicker than one 1500 watt heater.

Right now we get there about 7am, and it may be 10 degrees. Start generatror and heater and it is 45 degrees inside by 8am. Little heater has it so hot in there I have to turn it off by 10 am.

The answer is simple, get two heaters . In theory it will heat twice as fast...
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How about using an electric blanket and wrapping the computer tower. Turn the blanket on when you first arrive. Do not cover the cooling vents.
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The answer is simple, get two heaters . In theory it will heat twice as fast...
This will work, as would the blanket. Good idea on the blanket.

I was just wondering if there was a more "permanant" solution. Instead of two portable 1500 watt heaters that must be plugged in a 3000 watt heater that is hard wired and mounted to the wall.
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This will work, as would the blanket. Good idea on the blanket.

I was just wondering if there was a more "permanant" solution. Instead of two portable 1500 watt heaters that must be plugged in a 3000 watt heater that is hard wired and mounted to the wall.
Yes you can get a 5kw if you want...http://www.heater-home.com/product/G73.aspx?ref=froogle

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If you were to aim the heater at the computer tower then it should warm up faster then waiting for the entire room to heat up. Re-aim the heater away from tower once it is up to temp.

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