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.