|Forum topic by birdsmouth||posted 10-20-2014 01:17 PM||1344 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
10-20-2014 01:17 PM
My question is – can I safely use an infrared, ventless, propane powered heater in my garage workshop given that the byproducts of propane are Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide (and water vapor)???
It’s starting to cool off here on Long Island NY, and I’ve been trying to solve the heating issue before my first winter in the shop truly starts.
I can’t run a gas line to my shop. It’s about 700 square feet, and uninsulated. I am just finishing up a layer of pink foam insulation + a layer of masonite on the floor so the concrete won’t suck all the warmth out of my body. The space has electricity, but I don’t have enough amperage to run an electric heater along with other tools.
A friend suggested I use an infrared propane powered, wall mounted heater. So I looked into it, and bought this one on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/World-Marketing-Kozy-KWN321-Heater/dp/B000KKO4WA/
I had gotten mixed up. When the heater arrived, I realized I had ordered a natural gas model.
After some hand wringing, I decided to get a conversion kit for the heater, so that I can just change up the fittings and use propane. Went off to Home Depot today to buy the kit, and talked with someone there who gave me pause. The guy working in the heater section informed me that propane heaters can’t safely be used to continuously heat an indoor space because they give off Carbon Monoxide. He said they are sold as indoor heaters, but are only supposed to be used as a temporary solution or secondary heat when the power is out.
The heater I purchased (and all the others of that type in this product line/brand) is specified as indoor use only. It is vent-less.
I’ve read so many posts about the use of infrared heaters in shop environments like mine, but not once have I seen anyone mention the Carbon Monoxide issue. Can anyone clear this up for me?