Is there such a thing as a low power space heater? My central heating in my
mobile home is propane which has become too expensive to use. I don't have
heat in the kitchen and I have relatively high power stuff like a
refrigerator, MW oven, bread machine, etc. there. Rather than worrying
about tripping the breaker can anyone think of a way to up the temps a bit
when I'm in there for any length of time? I live in SW AZ so cold to me is
50s - 60s.
I have a swamp cooler there whose AC receptacle would be available in
winter but I'm afraid it doesn't use nearly as much current as a space
heater so that though the swamp cooler doesn't cause any breaker tripping
the heater might.
In alt.home.repair, on 28 Dec 2018 18:05:55 GMT, KenK
For some strange reason, temperatures that woudl seem warm outside seem
cold inside. Even wearing the same clothes. 60 is cold inside.
If all you have to do is reset the breaker, try it and see. AFAIK all
breakers are 15 amps or more and most space heaters I've seen are 1100
watts, which is less than 15 amps.
But electricity is usually expensive. Will it be cheaper than propane?
Put in a little fan to blow warm air from part of the place to the
Wear a sweater. (That's my mother's recommendation, and indeed, I think
that was the standard until some time after WWII. Look at Father Knows
Best. I think it's still the standard in most of the world. (Although
there is another way to look at it: I've spend $90 to be almost warm,
and if I spend just 4 or 5 dollars more, I can be actually warm. Your
numbers may vary. Void where prohibited by law.)
On Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12:47:04 PM UTC-5, KenK wrote:
Having seen the other replies, I think it might be a solution for
heating/cooling the whole place and it may be less expensive to run
than propane. With minis you can have two or three inside units
running off one outside condenser. You can run them independently,
don't have to run them all, etc. But they are in the several thousand
dollar range, not cheap. AZ is a good climate for heat pump, but then
you're probably not burning all that much propane either, so the
economics may not make sense.
For just heating a small kitchen, the other
ideas are better. I'd try just a small electric heater with a fan,
you can get them for $25 at Walmart. I have one here that I used
on my boat. Or the parabolic radiant type,
which heats what it's pointed at. How well that works in a kitchen
IDK. It works great if you're in one spot and it's aimed at you.
Costco has them.
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:48:43 -0500, Clare Snyder
It seemed really hard to get kerosene in baltimore when I needed some a
couple years ago. Some hardware stores sold one-quart cans, and there
was a place on the far east side, but when I used the gallon I bought
there, I wanted a place closer. Google gave a bunch of hits, none of
which actually had kerosene. Finally found a gas station not too far
that sold it, and a couple years later they remodeled the station
closest to me where I usually buy gas, and they have a full=size pump
for it. Of course now I don't need any more. I don't remember the
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 01 Jan 2019 03:08:27 -0500, Clare Snyder
The first time it was recommended to clean the gas tank of a 40 year
old, at the time, motorcycle, so that's why I got it.
I got the cycle running for a little bit, but ended up giving it to a
guy at the local big cycle store. (I had gotten it for free from a
friend.) The week after I gave it away I found a mini-scooter in the
woods near my house. From one extreme to the other. It was damaged in
several places, and police said they had no Missing report on it but
would let me know if they got one. I finally gave up on cleaning its
carburetor 2 years ago -- a new one was cheap =- but haven't installed
the new one yet. No kerosene needed.
I dont' remember what later uses of the kerosene were for, but not
burning if I recall at all correctly.
On Friday, December 28, 2018 at 1:05:59 PM UTC-5, KenK wrote:
I guess it's all in what you're used to. We're having an unseasonably warm
50 F day here in southeast Michigan, so the furnace is off and the windows
are open. Tomorrow will be a perfectly average 32 F, so the windows will
be closed and the furnace will be on.
It would take me the rest of my natural life to get used to your climate,
and I'd be miserable and cowering in the air conditioning the whole time.
Can't help you with your space heating problem; electricity is more
expensive than gas here. Even more expensive than propane, I think.
On 12/28/2018 01:37 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It's pretty much a toss for me. I use a space heater at night because
the furnace sounds like a B-52 struggling for altitude. Considering the
base charges for the electric service, the price per kwh is actually a
lot less than in the summer :)
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