|Review by Nicky||posted 02-13-2013 07:38 PM||14449 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
A heater is an integral part of my shop. If the temperature falls below 50 degs I can’t work comfortably. Yes, I’m a wussy boy.
During the Christmas break my Peerless heater stopped working. Seems that it developed an electrical problem. The fan had been on its way out. Estimate for repairs about $300. It was 30 plus years old so I thought it was time for a new heater.
After a bit of research and reading through some reviews I ordered the Big Maxx 45,000bu heater. I paid $399 plus $40 for shipping from Northern Tools. Heater delivered in 5 days, box was in relatively good shape. I opened the box and the heater was well packed and all parts were there.
My old heater was hung from two ¾” pipes. Although it would have been easy to just loosen the unions that held the old heater in place, I was working alone and wound up taking the old heater apart. Lots of cast iron, unit weighed about 150 lbs..
The new heater is ceiling mounted. I made a plywood mounting board and installed carriage bolts that would hold the heater after the plywood was installed on the ceiling. I also installed two large eye hooks on each side as aids to help mount the heater to the installed plywood board. This worked out really well. I used a simple rope system to help lift the heater to the ceiling to attach to the plywood. My honey helped with the lift, and I was able to quickly attach the new heater to the new plywood ceiling mount. Gas connection was easy using the same fittings, with some new sealant. The exhaust on the heater is 3”, my existing vent was 4” but a simple reducer, and some foil tape I had this connection done.
The unit did not come with an electrical cord. This is my only complaint. Took an old extension cord and installed the power. I then connect the thermostat, and plugged in the unit. Turned the thermostat on the unit started right up. First the power vent blower, followed by the heating elements being lit and then the main blower. Shop was back in business.
The unit had excellent instructions. The vent could be configured either vertical or horizontal. I’ve been using for about 6 weeks. Temps here have been in the low teen. The unit heats my shop quickly. It has an auto ignition where my old one used a pilot light. The circuit board has a diagnostic LED that should help troubleshoot any problems that may arise. Manufacturer claims that is about 85% efficient and the loss is due to the power vent.
Overall I’m very satisfied with the purchase. The installation was a breeze. The unit is very quiet compared to my old heater. Hope that someone may find this useful.