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post #1 of 24
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Does anyone use kerosene space heaters to cut down on the fuel bill? I am thinking of getting one for the living room so i can turn the heat down. I already use a electric heater in my bedroom and while electric is expensive it doesn't cost much to run.
post #2 of 24
Nasty, stinky, smelly things, kerosene heaters are. Plus, there the chance you could die from carbon monoxide poisoning. We used to use them up the mountain house and I always hated them.
post #3 of 24
Bad idea.
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Yeah.A good kerosene heater will really put out some heat.
Mine runs about 10 hrs on a tank and keeps the whole house toasty warm on the coldest day..
Fumes etc are less than a woodstove.It is a lot like heating with wood, but without the mess and expense.No furnace noise, no hassles and no big utility bill. 
I change the wick twice a year and find a setting that is most efficient and clean burning.I also use an additive that eliminates odor.There is a learning curve involved in doing this, but it really is worth it.

post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Possum View Post

Yeah.A good kerosene heater will really put out some heat.

Mine runs about 10 hrs on a tank and keeps the whole house toasty warm on the coldest day..

Fumes etc are less than a woodstove.It is a lot like heating with wood, but without the mess and expense.No furnace noise, no hassles and no big utility bill. 

I change the wick twice a year and find a setting that is most efficient and clean burning.There is a learning curve involved in doing this, but it really is worth it.

How do you figure there is less fumes then a woodstove? A woodstove is useally vented to the outside. Kerosene heaters vent inside. Lots more nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide and in a poorly ventilated house is a huge problem. Not to mention there is more unburned polluntants then a woodstove.
post #6 of 24
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I would never use one in the bedroom but was thinking it could take the chill out of the air while I was watching tv
post #7 of 24
Costco has the Edenpure electric heaters for a little over 200 bucks, lot safer and cleaner than a kero heater. Kero's are ok for a shop or garage but i don't think i'd want to use one in the house again, i did years ago but with the cost of kero these days i think the edenpure would be a better deal.
post #8 of 24
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Does anyone use kerosene space heaters to cut down on the fuel bill? I am thinking of getting one for the living room so i can turn the heat down. I already use a electric heater in my bedroom and while electric is expensive it doesn't cost much to run.
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Does anyone use kerosene space heaters to cut down on the fuel bill? I am thinking of getting one for the living room so i can turn the heat down. I already use a electric heater in my bedroom and while electric is expensive it doesn't cost much to run.


I would use a kerosene-fueled heater ONLY in a well-ventilated garage or workshop, and never in a home where someone might fall asleep while the heater was operating.


DerrickT
: "Kerosene heaters vent inside. Lots more nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide and in a poorly ventilated house is a huge problem."



Fumes have killed occupants of homes heated by kerosene-fueled heaters; I would NEVER recommend one for in-home use.
post #9 of 24
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I would use a kerosene-fueled heater ONLY in a well-ventilated garage or workshop, and never in a home where someone might fall asleep while the heater was operating.

DerrickT
: "Kerosene heaters vent inside. Lots more nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide and in a poorly ventilated house is a huge problem."
Fumes have killed occupants of homes heated by kerosene-fueled heaters; I would NEVER recommend one for in-home use.

Well aware of what the heaters can do. I've seen it plenty of times on fire calls. Had 2 calls earlier this winter where the people went to bed and didnt wake up the next morning. Had it not been for coworkers calling when they didnt show up for work all 4 probally would have died.
post #10 of 24
have been in too many houses that used kerosene heaters, everything you touched had a coating of oil on it from using them.

what kind of heat do you have now?
post #11 of 24
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have been in too many houses that used kerosene heaters, everything you touched had a coating of oil on it from using them.
what kind of heat do you have now?

I remember blowing black snots when we used them up the mountains. I can't say it enough, I hated when we used them to heat the house.
post #12 of 24
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Well aware of what the heaters can do. I've seen it plenty of times on fire calls. Had 2 calls earlier this winter where the people went to bed and didnt wake up the next morning. Had it not been for coworkers calling when they didnt show up for work all 4 probally would have died.

Bad idea to go to sleep with a kerosene heater going.I would never do that.
I think we are talking about using a K1 heater for alternative heat, not about running one all night.shakehead.gif
I run mine in the basement in a very large room...the heat goes up the stairs into the living room area.Everything stays toasty warm all day for about $8.
A clean wick, clean K1, K1 additive and a precise clean setting are essential.This isn't for everyone.Most folks should probably just stick to the thermostat and hope that nothing malfunctions in their furnace and causes their house to burn down.There are lots of ways to burn the house down besides running a K1 heater.
I never run the heater at night.I only run it if I am at home.I live by myself and probably wouldn't use it with kids around.The biggest danger involved with this kind of heater is knocking it over.
The upside of the K1 heater is pretty significant for me.If I run it all day,and turn off the K1 heater in the evening it is usually 70-75 degrees in the house.I set the thermostat for my furnace at 60 and it usually comes on early in the morning like 4 or 5 am.
On a cold day, one tankful of K1 translates into a toasty warm house and the furnace not running at all for about 16 hours.That is pretty nice.
I heated my house with wood for more than a decade.There is no way to avoid getting toxic woodsmoke in the house if you go that route.Even the best and most expensive units bleed some fumes and have to be opened periodically to load wood.
Woodsmoke is extremely toxic both inside and outside of the house.
For me, using a K1 heater has a lot of advantages as an alternative heat source...it is totally silent,the low initial cost of less than $150 (woodstove/chimney probably a couple thousand$) is a big plus, relatively low fuel cost with no mess and forget about the constant trips out to the woodpile.HappyWave.gif
 

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by alaskansteve View Post

Costco has the Edenpure electric heaters for a little over 200 bucks, lot safer and cleaner than a kero heater. Kero's are ok for a shop or garage but i don't think i'd want to use one in the house again, i did years ago but with the cost of kero these days i think the edenpure would be a better deal.

Bullseye. Stay away from kero for living quarters, dangerous, smelly, and fueling is inconvenient.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Billy29 View Post

Does anyone use kerosene space heaters to cut down on the fuel bill? I am thinking of getting one for the living room so i can turn the heat down. I already use a electric heater in my bedroom and while electric is expensive it doesn't cost much to run.

So, your using an electric heater to save on the fuel bill? Your post acknowledges electric heat is costly, then you state it doesn't cost much to run, you can't have it both ways. Electric heat is clean and costly, period. The only way heating with electric is going to save you anything is if you isolate a room or two and turn the t-sat on the main heating system to under 60. That being said, I wouldn't heat with kero if it were free.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Possum View Post

Bad idea to go to sleep with a kerosene heater going.I would never do that.

I think we are talking about using a K1 heater for alternative heat, not about running one all night.shakehead.gif

I run mine in the basement in a very large room...the heat goes up the stairs into the living room area.Everything stays toasty warm all day for about $8.

A clean wick, clean K1, K1 additive and a precise clean setting are essential.This isn't for everyone.Most folks should probably just stick to the thermostat and hope that nothing malfunctions in their furnace and causes their house to burn down.There are lots of ways to burn the house down besides running a K1 heater.

I never run the heater at night.I only run it if I am at home.I live by myself and probably wouldn't use it with kids around.The biggest danger involved with this kind of heater is knocking it over.

The upside of the K1 heater is pretty significant for me.If I run it all day,and turn off the K1 heater in the evening it is usually 70-75 degrees in the house.I set the thermostat for my furnace at 60 and it usually comes on early in the morning like 4 or 5 am.

On a cold day, one tankful of K1 translates into a toasty warm house and the furnace not running at all for about 16 hours.That is pretty nice.

I heated my house with wood for more than a decade.There is no way to avoid getting toxic woodsmoke in the house if you go that route.Even the best and most expensive units bleed some fumes and have to be opened periodically to load wood.

Woodsmoke is extremely toxic both inside and outside of the house.

For me, using a K1 heater has a lot of advantages as an alternative heat source...it is totally silent,the low initial cost of less than $150 (woodstove/chimney probably a couple thousand$) is a big plus, relatively low fuel cost with no mess and forget about the constant trips out to the woodpile.HappyWave.gif

 

Gotcha icon14.gif my dad uses one in his garage when he out working. That I don't so much have a problem with and we have on occasion have used a ready heater at work in the warehouse on very cold days. Its when peoe decide to fill them and leave them sit and burn all night while they sleep or go to work all day. I don't think people really know the hazzards or think about it either. Its a giant pita if you let it run out of gas and you aint home too.
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