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Wall Mount Ceramic Flat Panel Heater Made Portable

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This was a quick project that was all about making it happen as soon as possible, without glitz or glory. The cold weather had already set in. The overnight temps were dropping below freezing and a couple of small rooms get quite cold when this happens. The room I use for scale modeling will drop to the high 50s when it’s below freezing out. A small bedroom without a direct heat source will do just about the same. I wanted a portable heater that would be rolled between the rooms as needed. This project was about mating a wall mounted unit onto a portable rolling stand.

I bought this flat panel ceramic heater (ECOHeater 400w T400L flat wall panel) about five years ago to use in the dungeon workshop as an additional heat source. Shortly after, I used up all the available wall space, making it no longer needed. It has sat in storage since then.

The other day I had this idea. What if I could mount this to a floor mount that rolled around? I did some research on the make, model and design characteristics. The design is for a convection process, pulling air from below the unit (needs to be about 4”-8” above the floor) heating it within the cavity between the panel and the insulated wall, then pushes it out the top. The convention process, therefore, would create the needed air circulation.

2”x4” yellow pine studs were used for the vertical risers. They were first trimmed and squared on the table saw before cutting to lengths slightly longer than the 24” square sides. These were then attached to a 24”x24”x3/4” melamine panel salvaged from an old computer table. The melamine makes for an excellent surface to mount the sticky side of the heat shield. It also negates needing to paint or finish the surface in the path of the convection process. The base is made from a scrap of 2”x6” pine. The top cross brace at the back is made from a leftover thin rip of a 2”x4”. All four edges were run through the router table with a 1/2 round router bit, as this would be used as a grab handle on the unit. The wheel units were a welcome bit of serendipity, having been saved this past Spring from an oil-filled radiator that had failed andended up at the landfill. I applied wooden handles I had in the shop to both sides to aid in lifting and moving around.

It’s balanced, stable when rolled around and left unattended. Using only 3.3 amps, 400 watts, it’s easy on the electrical bill and works well in a small room. Once the heating season is over, I will either paint or stain the bare wood, and either add edge-banding or tack on molding to the four sides of the melamine. For now, I’m content to let it work for its keep. This was a great way to utilize what I had on hand to solve a need.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 11-17-2018 02:11 AM

A usable project well done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 11-17-2018 10:51 AM



A usable project well done.

- ralbuck

Thanks. Simple comfort.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#3 posted 11-17-2018 12:26 PM

Great Idea…

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 11-17-2018 04:43 PM

A very practical solution to your heating requirements Paul. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 11-17-2018 07:27 PM



Great Idea…

- dannmarks

It turned out that way. Wasn’t sure, when I started the project. :)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#6 posted 11-17-2018 07:27 PM



A very practical solution to your heating requirements Paul. Nicely done!!

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. :)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#7 posted 11-18-2018 12:57 PM

Very well symbiose of engineering and woodworking.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Paul Bucalo

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#8 posted 11-18-2018 01:18 PM



Very well symbiose of engineering and woodworking.

- majuvla

Thanks, Ivan. For now, K.I.S.S. (Keeping It Simple Stupid.) :)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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