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Old 02-28-2012, 08:33 AM   #21
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I'm not sold on the tube heater I have. It's a 125KBTU in a 32x32, mounted 11' up, and will blister the paint on a car parked under it. Be careful about how high up it is, I feel these should be higher up than 11'. I installed a 25K Reznor FA because of how hot it gets. On the plus side, it is a lot quieter than the FA.

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125kBTU in a 32x32, and you wonder why it's too hot?
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:31 PM   #22
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ok, i put a timer on mine. one of those "kill a watt" devices. In the 9 hours that i was gone to work it ran for 3 hrs. propane is 2.75 a gallon here right now. so, at 92,000btu per gallon, im at about $1.50 per hour to run my 50,000 btu heater. after figuring this out, its only running when needed, and not when i feel like sitting out there and drinking a beer..hahah
this was at 42 degrees when it was around 20-30 outside.
Ill have to work on the averages, but for now its off, until the weekend.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #23
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So is it $36 for 24hr or $4.50 for the 3hr run time during the 9hr, sorry I am just to lazy to figure it out myself. $36 a day works out to be $1080 for 30 days and that might be what I spend in 2 1/2 months to heat my house. Even $12 a day adds up to $360 a month and that seems kind of high to maintain 42*.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:59 AM   #24
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So is it $36 for 24hr or $4.50 for the 3hr run time during the 9hr, sorry I am just to lazy to figure it out myself. $36 a day works out to be $1080 for 30 days and that might be what I spend in 2 1/2 months to heat my house. Even $12 a day adds up to $360 a month and that seems kind of high to maintain 42*.
$360 seems quite high. I would expect it a tad higher with propane, but that is simply crazy. To put things in perspective, I had a garage that was ~ 1000 square foot (fully insulated). Heating that with an oversized, industrial 100k btu tube heater (running natural gas) to ~ 40-45 degrees through the michigan winter was ~ $50/month. This was including cranking things up to a balmy 55 degrees 3-4 nights a week to work on the toys.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #25
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That sounds more realistic, might be a little more due to the higher propane costs but I can't see $360. I saw you used to live in Howell, I'm in Marion twp. Your missing a great winter, freezing rain this morning and 50* this afternoon.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #26
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That sounds more realistic, might be a little more due to the higher propane costs but I can't see $360. I saw you used to live in Howell, I'm in Marion twp. Your missing a great winter, freezing rain this morning and 50* this afternoon.
Um...I wouldn't say I'm "missing" it lol. Was mid 70's here today and will be 77* and sunny tomorrow!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:20 PM   #27
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1.37 for each hour that its running. I havent figured out the average yet, but it should be around 8 hours run time in 24 hour day. so around $11 per 24 hr. This if for a 32x50 finished and insulated pole barn that around 6 years old. I just bought the place, so its all new to me and im loving it. the heater is off until i go in there now. haha
Again, this is for propane, at 2.75 per gallon.
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