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    Default Emergency Kerosene Heating

    I installed a natural gas unit heater in my garage. I was contemplating cleaning up the kerosene heater I used to use out there and keeping it for emergency heat in the house. What kind of results can I reasonably expect from a 23,000 BTU heater in a 1500 square foot home with good insulation. Its the wick type, not the forced air torpedo type. In the garage, there was only a slight kerosene smell which was tolerable to be around. Not sure how it would be in the house which is tighter insulated. Thinking keeping the heater and maybe (3) 5 gallon cans of kerosene on hand for a few days worth of emergency heat.

    Tim

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    We have a 23k kerosene heater for back up. My house is pretty big too. And it does fine. We like the heat at 65 degrees. The kero will keep it close enough.

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    It will keep you OK (above 60+F), even in single digit temperatures, and you can have "toasty warm" in the room in which the heater is located. I used one for several years as primary heat in a poorly insulated 1000 SF house in the SC piedmont, where the winter temps could be similar to those here for a few days. Kero stores OK, and I would keep a spare wick handy.
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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    There is zero downside. It will keep the pipes and people from freezing at the very least.

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    Kerosene heat works great, as long as you keep your heater maintained. Definitely also have a CO sensor if it's an indoor heater.

    Personally I use propane for emergency heat. I have a Mr. Heater 18K, which is sufficient for my climate (south east)... probably need a bit more for the frozen PA tundra hehe

    Propane is nice because it keeps indefinitely in the tank.. no problems with algae or gelling or anything like that...

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    I have a kerosene bullet heater that heats my 1000sq ft shop from 20f to 60f in about 45 minutes. Burns about a gallon an hour. But I'm pretty sure all open flame heaters need ventilation or co2 will kill you.

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    Bump for the upcoming frigid temps!

    Gonna pull mine out of the storage box and make sure it still works!
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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    You can find wood stoves for not to much, and wood's under $200 a cord. A cord is 4x4x8 of wood.

    How's your wood looking?


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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    Drove past a Sheetz and kerosene was 7.99 a gallon.
    Cheaper than the canned shit at Homedepot, but thats outrageous

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    Default Re: Emergency Kerosene Heating

    Quote Originally Posted by JaySmith View Post
    You can find wood stoves for not to much, and wood's under $200 a cord. A cord is 4x4x8 of wood.

    How's your wood looking?

    I thought a cord was 4x8x4 and more costly than $200/ea?

    I got a portable propane heater that holds a #20lb tank. I'm thinking it's 30,000 BTUs and it's on wheels for easy maneuvering. I don't need to 'splain the benefits of the #20 propane tank over K1.
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