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Old 01-16-2010, 07:03 PM
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Looking to get a space heater. Not sure which one to get, one that runs off propane or kerosene. Correct me if I am wrong, but it looks like both heat about the same amount of space at about the same cost of fuel.

What are the positive and neg of both? I am leaning towards propane.

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Old 01-16-2010, 07:55 PM
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We used to have a wall mount propane heater but never used it much. We now have a 23,000 BTU kerosene heater that works pretty well. Specs say it heats up to 1,000 sq feet for up to 12 hours on one fill.
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Kerosene is much safer to transport. Do you have, or want any other items that use kerosene/propane?
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We bought a 23,000 BTU kerosene heater before Christmas for use in our garage and also for emergencies. We've been impressed with how well it heats the garage during frigid Wisconsin temperatures! I've read it's best to ignite and extinguish outdoors to minimize the smell. Haven't had any experience with propane heaters... I'm eager to hear what the experts here have to say!
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"kerosene/propane?"

I guess it would depend on witch one you would have the best chance for long term access to. TT
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We heat with propane but I think it's illegal to hook up to the rented tank. Would need a long hose. I have 2 - 20lb tanks of propane, but they say not to use tanks inside. Was looking at one of those mrheater big buddy units.

Never used kerosene before.

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I have and use a big buddy propane heater. It does a good job. Used to use a kerosene heater of which I still have but kerosene has doubled in cost over the last cople years. I can get a 25 lb tank of propane for $20. It'll run about 5 days on the low setting. I can also take a 20 minute drive and have that tank refiled for about $10. I've since put in a wood stove and only use the propane occasionally to take the chill off while I get the stove going when I get home from work.
By the way there is a propane odor that is slight, especially at the low setting. As with any combustibles ensure there is some ventilation, but unless your home is as airtight as my last wifes thighs, you should be fine

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We purchased a kerosene heater this week. It was $119.00 at a farm supply store here in Oklahoma called Atwood's. The 5 gallon cans of kerosene run about $33.00. I need to check around and see if there are any filling stations in these parts that sell it cheaper.

Haven't tried it out yet, but I was excited about the new purchase. From what I've read kerosene is a pretty safe method of heating your home.
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I've got this Corona model oil heater, works great for a back up heat source.



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I was wonder about the big buddy. It has a fan. Will it heat very well without the fan in operation?
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I use kerosene myself. Always wondered though. Would biodiesel run in them? It's plenty easy to make your own diesel. If it could be used in kerosene appliances, it might make for another form of sustainable heat, light and cooking.
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Kerosene is too expensive these days, I would go with propane.
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Good luck finding those at a decent price . I bought mine for 89 bucks 8 years ago. I think they stopped importing them and they now go for over 200 dollars on ebay when they come up. It is a nice heater, wish I could find another one.
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Good luck finding those at a decent price . I bought mine for 89 bucks 8 years ago. I think they stopped importing them and they now go for over 200 dollars on ebay when they come up. It is a nice heater, wish I could find another one.


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One thing to consider is an Alcohol burning stove. There are several on the market.
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Good luck finding those at a decent price . I bought mine for 89 bucks 8 years ago. I think they stopped importing them and they now go for over 200 dollars on ebay when they come up. It is a nice heater, wish I could find another one.
Ya I bought mine for about $110 about 10 years ago at Sears. I don't think they sell them anymore, but I could be wrong. It's definitely a nice heater and a great back up in the event the electricity goes out, which around here it does occassionaly.
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I have both Kerosene and Propane heaters. I prefer the Kerosene hands down. Kerosene here at the local feed store is about 3.25 a gallon...you will get gang raped buying the 5 gallon cans at Lowes or HD!!! Its much safer to store and use than Propane. I dont have to worry about issues with tanks getting old either or being stolen.
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