The Best Places to Use Propane and Kerosene Heaters
As an alternative to using electricity, fueled heaters such as those using propane or kerosene gas have many benefits. Though these heating units may not be suitable for home use they're great for heating a patio, warehouse, or other large, well-ventilated area.
Several sized propane and kerosene units are available for rapid heating. They're efficient and effective because they use the heat from combustion to directly warm the space through convection.
Although units running on electricity may seem like a cost efficient and cleaner energy source, most electricity in the United States is generated by burning coal which emits sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, particulates, and greenhouse gases.
Some electricity is generated from natural gas, which burns cleaner, but at least half of the energy is lost in the conversion process. All in all, gas units are a great resource and perfect for a variety of situations.
If you love backyard parties, then you need outdoor heating. Why make it a summer event?
Enjoy year round BBQs and outdoor parties. Set up a propane patio heating system and enjoy a warm atmosphere in minutes.
Most outdoor models are fueled with propane gas. And since propane is readily available it's easy to keep the unit fueled.
Typically these heaters run for hours on a 20 lb. tank of gas so you can enjoy an evening of warmth without even changing the tank.
Outdoor kerosene or propane heating units are perfect for adding a little extra warmth to a campsite.
If you're an avid backpacker or you like to find a spot at a campground, using a gas fueled option is a great way to stay warm when the fire burns out.
No need to feel the cold all night long, and you won't have to burrow down into your sleeping bag either. A gas fueled heater will keep you warm for the time you need it to.
Whether you're working at a construction site or some other industrial setting, gas heating systems are perfect for dealing with the winter cold. In a work space, they can be quite effective at tunring cold working weather into a much warmer environment.
Especially in areas where snow is a problem, they can help you feel comfortable while you work.
If ever there is an emergency: earthquake, hurricane, or tornado, a gas fired heater will keep you warm until help comes.
In some cases when a natural disaster requires you to stay where you are, it's important to add a fueled heater to your emergency kit.
Electricity isn't available and resources are extremely limited, therefore, it's best to be as prepared as possible.
Keep yourself and any family warm when you really need to. Stock up on fuel and be prepared for any situatuion.
How Cost Effective are They?
Propane gas is produced from both natural gas and crude-oil refining. It's a hydrocarbon that's sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG. 97% of propane is produced in the United States.
It's a cost-effective, non-toxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. Typically an additive is added to LP gas that causes an odor, making it easy to detect leaks should they occur.
Propane is a clean alternative fuel that's environmentally safe. It's one of the most popular fuel alternatives. More than 12 million people in the U.S. use propane for space heating.
It's even named a clean fuel alternative in the 1990 Clean Air Act. It's costs very little to purchase and it heats outsoor areas for hours.
- If you want to know how cost effective your propane unit is you need to know how much gas it actually consumes. To estimate propane consumption, consider the following:
- One gallon of propane will produce 91,500 BTUs of heat.
- If your unit averages 25,000 BTUs per hour, divide 91,500 by 25,000 to find out how long a tank of propane will last. In this case a one gallon propane tank will run for approximately 3.66 hours at full capacity.
- If you plan to heat a space for about 80 hours a month, you'll use about 22 gallons of propane per month.
See the following formula to determine propane consumption:
If you're looking to buy a small portable tank instead of leasing a large one, keep in mind that propane tanks hold 80 % of their rated capacity; therefore, a tank rated at ten gallons would actually hold eight.
With that in mind, for a 25,000 BTU heater, eight gallons of propane would provide you with over 29 hours of use (8 gallons x 3.66 hours per gallon), so you'd have to fill it twice a month.
This option is relatively small for the amount of space they heat. They don't require electricity to run, and they're just as efficient and effective.
Like propane, kerosene heaterscan provide heat for tough industrial work areas and warehouses. These have almost the same function as propane; however, the fuel source is different.
They use oil as a source of fuel. Kerosene oil is an organic compound derived from petroleum. It's less volatile than gasoline and reaches a temperature of 285-610 degrees F. It's typically used in lamps, heaters, and furnaces. Kerosene is an efficient heat source, and when used properly, a safe cost effective alternative to propane.
When first ignited, kerosene oil gives off a faint odor and a small amount of smoke. This dissipates after a couple of minutes. Kerosene is an efficient heat source, and when used properly, a safe cost effective alternative to propane.
A Friendly Reminder...
This type of heating system is not recommended for indoor use because of the harmful emissions, risk of burns, ignition from flammable gases, and the obvious increased risk of fire. They must be used in a well-ventilated area.
Always follow manufaturers instructions for safe use and storage requirements. Following the preset guidelines will allow you to use it as needed in a safe and effective manner.