Years ago it was common to see in many houses those open, grated gas
heaters. I once lived in an apartment which had one of these heaters in
every room. As I recall, they weren't even vented. And yet I don't recall
any warnings against using these heaters, nor do I recall any fatalities.
I've been thinking of installing one of these -- you can still find them in
various places -- as a substitute for a wood fire.
Is there a danger?
Also, is it possible to use a flexible gas supply line so that these heaters
can be moved around. I'd like to put it in the fireplace when it's not in
use, and pull it out onto the hearth when it is in use.
Those old heaters have no protection against
consuming the room's oxygen.
And they have no protection against pilot outage.
And, no, flex gas lines are not intended for
Actually you can get a gas line that designed for commercial use in kitchens
that IS designed for flexing on a daily basis, but he wont like the price on
a 3 foot, 1/2 inch line...I have to carry them for a resturant chain we
service, and the WHOLESALE price for the good ones is over $120.00
course..it comes with all fittings, and a couple of snap self sealing
I have two of these units that I converted to propane from natural gas.
They work OK in a shop environment except that there is no forced air,
so a box fan is helpful to spread the heat around. When they were used
for home heating with NG the supply hoses were rubber. The ceramic
elements are fairly expensive to replace though everything else on
these units is fairly robust. They provided excellent radiant heat.
The houses that they were used in had no insulation in the walls and
were so drafty that the curtains would move when it was windy outside.
The windows were wood sash with channels for weights, adding to the
"natural ventilation" that was available. NG was so cheap that no one
put in insulation.
This is Turtle.
If these heater that your speaking about here is the real old Grate
heater / no pilot lite / no shut downs / lite with a match and if gas
goes off and back on , the gas keep coming. These heater are good to
heat with but are not made anymore these days and the only ones aviable
is the old second hand ones left over from yester year.
First They are very much dangerous in if the gas is cut off and comes
back on. It will fill the house with gas and kill you.
Second They can burn up all the air in the house and will kill you
before the flames goes out. They call this CO or the thing burning all
the air up in your house. In any case it will kill you.
Thirdly I was raised up with these heater but as todays tim,e goes i
would not want to trust my life to a heater that could malfuction and
Forthly Do fool with them.
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