Auxillary Shop Heat - Review of the Wally World's Lakewood QTV-22 Quartz Heater - re: Kerosene in Garage

An earlier thread questions the feasibility of using a kerosene heater in a shop. I have use one for years, but the current increase in the price of K1 has caused re-evaluation of this trend. Another factor is the with kerosene, it's feast or famine. It's quick to heat the shop up to temp, but due to the narrow range of heat output available with kerosene heaters, mine being around 6,000BTU, it'll cook your goose once temp has been reached. Excessive or cumulative production of CO would be the remaining factor. It's a lot tighter since wrapping the house and adding weather stripping.
With this in mind, I planned on adding a quartz electric heater to help maintain a workable temp once the petrol had done the majority of the work.
Of course, every heater I looked at, including the small Natural Gas burners, is made in China. I gave up for the moment, but last night, in a fit of stupidity, I went to WallyWorld/GreatSatan/SupremeBorg for the first time in 5 years and purchased the only quartz heater they stocked.
The Lakewood QTV-22 "Powerful Forced Fan Tower Quartz Heater". Made in China.
Don't bother. I mean it, seriously.
First of all, and the reason I bought it, There Is NO Fan. The thermostat is contained in a sealed housing atop the unit, where it is subjected to the rising heat from the tubes, and simply arcs and sputters, confused at to what temperature it is supposed to be measuring. I'd give the contacts in this bi-metal abortion about 3 months before melting down or fusing permanently. The only positive safety aspect of this is that it won't stay on long enough to actually heat anything. It has a nice 3 prong power cord, but everything else about this unit blows chunks. Poor design, useless performance, fraudulent packaging, and a probable short life span makes this turd a total waste of time and gasoline to purchase, not to mention the manufacturing and transportation costs, and ultimate early disposal in your local landfill.
No Thanks, Sam, I'll keep looking...
There was a bag of 16 assorted spring clamps for $4.44 that seemed a good bargain. (The black ones with the neon-orange swivel tips.)
Almost all tools were Stanley (boo) and Chinese. In fact, everything I looked at in the store was Chinese. I won't go back, I have missed nothing for the past 5 years. Except collusive corporate behavior.
Caveat Emptor.
Greg G.
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Greg G. said:

I forgot to mention that it buzzes like a 1950's era power station on the occasional spasms of operation.
And I can't seem to find that old Marvin ceiling mounts anymore. Even Lee Valley has them listed as "Not Available".
FWIW,
Greg G.
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I like the old "milkhouse heater" for this. MSC and MANY others sell them. They cost about $25.00. No need to spend more. A watthour of electricity gives you about 3.4 btus of heat no matter what the advertising says.
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