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JeffP

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01-12-2016 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question humor

That title, for the unfamiliar among you, is a famous quote from the Mythbusters TV show on Discovery.

Harbor Freight was having a sale on their “sits on top of a propane canister” heaters, so I picked one up.

This morning I learned why it has that little hole in the back of the reflector with big lettering around it that says “PLACE THE LIT MATCH HERE”.

It turns out that lighting it with one of those flint-based torch lighters from outside the guard is not such a great idea.

POOF!

Didn’t loose an eyebrow, but I won’t have to shave my knuckles for awhile…
Keep smelling burnt hair any time my hand gets too close to my face. ;)

Anyway, this things makes a strange kind of heat. According to my contactless thermometer gadget, it is heating up all the surfaces in the shop (even those that are not near it or in its line-of-fire), but it doesn’t seem any warmer in the shop unless you stand in front of it.

Im wondering if one of the torpedo style air-moving propane heaters would solve that issue?

(since somebody will ask…it is a completely uninsulated and very “leaky” old 400 sq foot garage building)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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conifur

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 03:59 PM

It is an infrared/radiant heater, heats objects not air.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 04:26 PM

Glad nothing more happened than singing the hairs off of your knuckles :)

Back in the early 40s, in the early morning before work, my grandfather went downstairs to light the boiler that had flamed out. The boiler backflashed, burned his face and singed off his eyebrows and lashes. He told no one in the house as they were still sleeping and just went to work. My grandmother, as she did every day, picked him up at the P&G plant. When he got into the car, my grandmother was shocked and asked him what happened. His face was red as a beat with no hair around his eyes. He simply said it was no big deal and told her what happened.

I never met my grandfather as he passed when I was 6 months old, but I know he had a good work ethic and was a man’s man. I think he’s where I got my creativity and mechanical skills from. Never had a teacher for anything I do with tools.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 04:34 PM



It is an infrared/radiant heater, heats objects not air.

- conifur


^^^^^^^^^^^ there’s your answer….

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 04:35 PM



Glad nothing more happened than singing the hairs off of your knuckles :)

Back in the early 40s, in the early morning before work, my grandfather went downstairs to light the boiler that had flamed out. The boiler backflashed, burned his face and singed off his eyebrows and lashes. He told no one in the house as they were still sleeping and just went to work. My grandmother, as she did every day, picked him up at the P&G plant. When he got into the car, my grandmother was shocked and asked him what happened. His face was red as a beat with no hair around his eyes. He simply said it was no big deal and told her what happened.

I never met my grandfather as he passed when I was 6 months old, but I know he had a good work ethic and was a man s man. I think he s where I got my creativity and mechanical skills from. Never had a teacher for anything I do with tools.

- builtinbkyn

I was fortunate enough to have known both of my grandfathers…a house builder and an electrician. No doubts about where my skills came from. Just wish I had had a third grandfather who was a plumber. ;)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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JeffP

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 04:38 PM


It is an infrared/radiant heater, heats objects not air.

- conifur

^^^^^^^^^^^ there s your answer….

- Fred Hargis

Guess maybe I will park this one near the TS/workbench to warm my “backside”, and add a torpedo style heater to warm up the shop.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 01-12-2016 07:08 PM

LOL Maybe a 4th as a mason :) Yeah didn’t know either of mine. Both passed at a relatively young age. The other worked in the garment industry as a pattern maker and designer. My Dad is a retired dentist. Worked with his hands obviously, but wasn’t much with a hammer and screwdriver. Even at a young age, I was assigned repairs around the house.

I was fortunate enough to have known both of my grandfathers…a house builder and an electrician. No doubts about where my skills came from. Just wish I had had a third grandfather who was a plumber. ;)

- JeffP


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#7 posted 01-13-2016 12:54 AM



That title, for the unfamiliar among you, is a famous quote from the Mythbusters TV show on Discovery.

Didn’t loose an eyebrow, but I won t have to shave my knuckles for awhile…
Keep smelling burnt hair any time my hand gets too close to my face. ;)

- JeffP

Got the Mythbusters reference right off the bat.

Lost a few hairs off my hands a few times. A bit of soap and water lessens the burn-hair smell.

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