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Posted on Natural Gas Versus Electric Garage Heater

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 08:44 PM

The two issues raised about ventless heaters are, in my experience, non issues.

1. Open flame- I have a dust collection system. BUT- I don’t always use it. Sometimes there’s sawdust on the floor around machines and a thin layer of dust on everything, including the heater. The fact is, a piece of glass covers the flame. There is no way for it to jump out and set something on fire. I can leave a handful of sawdust on top of the heater (if I was so inclined) and it would never catch fire. I could even throw a handful of sawdust at the heater and most would never hit the flames. It doesn’t create sparks like a wood fireplace, so it is near to impossible for it to spread. I think it is as safe as any electrical element heater…

2. Moisture- I’ve read lots of stuff about them creating excessive moisture. But in reality I never notice a thing, not in the house or the shop. My wood doesn’t swell and my saws don’t rust. HOWEVER- as is the case with any heating system, letting it get down to below freezing and then warming it up every day will cause condensation and rust your machines. So keep it turned down but not off on those winter nights.

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