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Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Propane Or Kerosene Space Heaters

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Electric space heaters are great for constant heating during winter if you lack central heating. But electric heaters can prove less efficient at heating well-ventilated areas such as an opened garage or slatted barn. That's where propane space heaters can come in handy.

Note that it is unsafe to use propane or kerosene heaters in enclosed spaces that aren't very well ventilated. Do not use this type of heater indoors unless a trained heating installation technician, such as West Country Heating & AC, has said an area is safe. 

There are a few different propane or kerosene space heaters and each style has its own pros and cons.

Convection Heater

Convection heaters are one of the few fuel-powered space heaters that can usually be used inside your actual home without any safety issues. That's because the unit is technically a hybrid with electricity required to trigger the heating process and kerosene as the fuel that keeps the heat process happening on the ceramic and aluminum mechanisms inside.

The main downside of the unit is that you will still need to buy kerosene as fuel occasionally. Check the prices of kerosene in your area to determine if this unit or a fully electrical unit would be the wiser financial decision.

Forced Air Heater

Forced air kerosene heaters look like metallic cannons that shoot out warm air rather than cannonballs. A motorized fan pushes the warm air out of the heater for maximum dispersal. Forced air heaters can heat quite a wide area and are ideal for larger well-ventilated structures that only need to be heated for short bursts of time.

Why short bursts of time? Forced air heaters are gas hogs and the price of kerosene will start to add up quickly. So this isn't the best unit if you need continuous heat, but could be the right choice if you only need to occasionally heat a large area where you're conducting home improvement projects or are pouring concrete that can't get cold while it sets.

Radiant Heater

The fuel in a radiant unit heats coils or tubes in the front of the unit that then glow red when they become hot. Heat from the unit travels directly in front of the unit for a more targeted heating experience than the other models. The direct heating can prove just what you need in a narrower workspace where you're going to be staying in one area, such as working on a car in a ventilated garage.

The front of a radiant heater can become quite hot so don't accidentally bump into the unit and warn others of the potential hazard.