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Old 02-10-2010, 12:16 PM   #21
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Default Re: Kerosene torpedo heaters

I got this for free from a friend
http://heating-and-cooling.hardwares...er-150144.aspx

I'm thinking it can only use kerosene and not desiel right? Has anyone used this unit before? Is it worth it to buy fuel for it?
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #22
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With any of the fuels, you still get about a gallon of water out of every gallon of fuel you use. Not matter how you cut it, you still have unvented combustion that should not be confined. I would not use one in a tight building, but in a drafty leaky building I would use one.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:57 PM   #23
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director_gtr:

Check out this link to learn everything there is to know about kerosene heaters. I'm currently using a 10,000 btu kerosene (radiant style) heater to heat my garage. It will run about 16 hours on 1.9 gallons of kerosene, and will heat the garage from 40 degrees to 58 degrees or so in about 3-4 hours with the outside temp in the 20's. It's slow, but it doesn't use a ton of fuel.

I'm super interested in a torpedo heater if I can run diesel in them. $2.78/gal for diesel sure beats ~$5/gal for kerosene. Tractor Supply has a 5 gal can of K-1 kerosene for $45, but Menards has 2.5gal for $15!

http://www.milesstair.com/

You'll likely need a new wick for that heater unless it's brand new. The most important thing is NO WATER in the tank, or in your kerosene. It will kill the ability of the kerosene to wick and heat properly. The wicks run $5-15. Don't try and use kerosene that's not clear and less than one year old.

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:53 AM   #24
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Default Re: Kerosene torpedo heaters

I use one.currently I have a remington 55000 that I scored off craigslist for $15. run mostly bio-diesel in it, at a 90% rate. smells way better than D or K-1(does require a few mods to airflow and pressure). and if you can ind a K-1 pump, it is usually just a bit more than diesel- about 15-20 a gal more around here. biodiesel can be made for less than a dollar a gallon.

my garage has more open space than sealed walls, so no worries about CO.

when I get a new one up this year, I will be looking at better options, but I wont be getting rid of the torpedo.
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:19 PM   #25
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You'll poison yourself using kerosene or propane. Go electric. Check out www.perfectkennelheater.com ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR THE GARAGE !!
They are nice people and have everything you need. Bought mine for the dogs, but use it more for myself.

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I recently purchased an infrared heater from 'Perfect kennel heater dot com' The thing works great. Keeps me as warm as it does the dogs. Nice people there and they have all kinds of heaters for all kinds of uses. check out
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:02 PM   #26
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^^^^^^^^^Hmmm is about what I was thinking? A little self promotion spam for the website it seems.

Paisley Canoe, how about some insight on how well these heaters work?

Since on the site even your largest available 240v model is only rated to heat 56 sqft.. Most of the spaces needing to be heated here average 400-1200 sqft with 10'+ ceilings..

So about 20 of these 240v fixtures that pull 12.5 amps each may do the trick
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:22 PM   #27
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Since my dream of putting a outside boiler to heat the house and garage wont happen untill I hit the lottery I am thinking about buying another torpedo heater,I have a 33 year old 85,000 BTU reddy heater thats probably getting close to being worn out so who all has one and what brand do you have. I have a 24X24 garage that I am heating.
I used to have a 70k Reddy Kerosene torpedo at my old house, that I traded to a friend when I moved, and that thing would run out the room it could pump out so much heat.

I have a 100k propane torpedo now at my current house that works great also.

I've enjoyed both of them, once you get numb to the droning woosh noise..

I haven't noticed any moisture issues with the kerosene or propane? Anyone got any more info on this issue that I see posted previously? Which one is supposed to be worse?

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:38 PM   #28
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Paisley Canoe,

How close are you to your infrared heater when you're in your shop?
What area (sq. ft.) is your shop (roughly)? It doesn't heat the air, so you've got to be close, right?
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:11 AM   #29
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I've been using a kerosene torpedo for years...And NOW you guys are telling me something about filters? If there's a filter in mine, it hasn't been touched in over 10 years. Where is this filter? Hard to change?

Interesting...

Oh...And I never vent my shop when it's lit. Stinks to high heaven and is loud as hell...But hey...My stereo goes to 11 and at least I'm toasty!
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:29 AM   #30
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There are usually 2 filters,one is in the back and is a air inlet filter and there is a fuel filter but you have to take the burner off to get at it.
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I've been using a kerosene torpedo for years...And NOW you guys are telling me something about filters? If there's a filter in mine, it hasn't been touched in over 10 years. Where is this filter? Hard to change?

Interesting...

Oh...And I never vent my shop when it's lit. Stinks to high heaven and is loud as hell...But hey...My stereo goes to 11 and at least I'm toasty!
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:58 AM   #31
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I've been using a kerosene torpedo for years...And NOW you guys are telling me something about filters? If there's a filter in mine, it hasn't been touched in over 10 years. Where is this filter? Hard to change?
Actually three filters. On many heaters the main one is visible, a rectangular foam filter on the back of the air pump. This filters air that goes to the carbon vane pump that siphons the fuel. On some heaters this is behind the plastic louvers and not easy to see. There is also a small square felt filter about the size of a small postage stamp. It requires removing the back housing of the air pump to access it. And then there is the fuel filter.

The foam rots and breaks up and gets sucked into the air pump and damages it. If you are cheap and don't want to order a new one, get a dry, oil free, Briggs and Stratton foam air filter and cut it to shape and shove it in.

New parts are available from http://www.reddyparts.com/default.htm

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:21 AM   #32
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Cool...Thanks.

I'll have to check it oot this weekend.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:15 AM   #33
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My new pole barn is close to 30,000 cubic feet with eve and ridge vents, so heating the whole thing while I am only working in one part seems wasteful to me.

I recently picked up a Protemp Sun-Stream 70,000 BTU radiant kerosene heater from Tractor supply for $229. I only used it a few times so far but really like the thing. It is really quiet when compared to a torpedo heater, and it don't have that kerosene wick heater smell that gives me a headache. It appears to be a small torpedo heater inside that heats the front plate red hot. The front plate radiates heat, and the fan also pushes warm air out around 15 feet just like a torpedo heater. I just point it where I am working about 10 feet away and turn it on and stay comfortable.

I havent had it long enough to talk about longevity, but so far I am happy.

Here is a link and Photo,

If I decide to heat the whole barn eventually, I am leaning towards an infrared tube heater.

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:15 PM   #34
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So they do have filters. I've never looked on mine. Looks like its time for some maintainence.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:23 AM   #35
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One way a friend of mines reduced the fumes in his garage was used a Through Wall Dryer vent. But the diameter was the same as the diameter on the 150kbtu heater.....He ran flex tubing to the back of the heater so it will always suck in fresh air instead of recirculating the fumes from the heater in the garage....it works great! You barely smell any fumes unlike before....i would say it was reduced by 60%....For $20 - $40 of buying sheet metal and flex tubing...i'd say its worth it all day!
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I use one.currently I have a remington 55000 that I scored off craigslist for $15. run mostly bio-diesel in it, at a 90% rate. smells way better than D or K-1(does require a few mods to airflow and pressure). and if you can ind a K-1 pump, it is usually just a bit more than diesel- about 15-20 a gal more around here. biodiesel can be made for less than a dollar a gallon.

my garage has more open space than sealed walls, so no worries about CO.

when I get a new one up this year, I will be looking at better options, but I wont be getting rid of the torpedo.
Please tell me more about biodiesel and the heater. Any information about making also
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:35 PM   #37
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I just bought a Mr. Heater torpedo heater and LOVE it. It is a "multifuel" heater meaning it can use kerosene, diesel fuel, fuel oil, jet fuel, etc. I have the model KTR125 which is 125,000 BTU/hr. I use it to heat my 30x40 pole barn. I use diesel fuel since it is the cheapest. The amazing thing is there is NO odor from the fuel while it's running. I also like being able to roll the unit around the shop directing the heat where I need it the most.
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:07 PM   #38
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I bought 2 "mr heater" units last fall to thaw out the groomer tractors quicker than just letting them sit. One was a 125000 and the other a 210000.To make a long story short,the 125000 works great,but the first 210 lasted a week and the flame sensor went out. They sent a new one,two days later it starts doing the delayed ignition w/lots of smoke/fumes thing. I called them and they said take it back. I did and tsc cheerfully gave me another one. Two days later it starts lighting late,then the sob catches on fire. Did that 2 times,I called them again. they said take it back,so I did,but tsc didnt have any more of them,so I went over to family farm and got one. Ran it a week and it started the same thing,only caught on fire once though!.Took it back and they were out of them but had a 175000,so I took it. Its worked fine. I took pics of the smoke and fire episodes,but I really think they have a problem with the 210000's and either dont know it or are not acknowledgeing it(toyota syndrome?). Any how, just thought I'd pass my experience along.
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