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Offline SerephinoTopic starter

« on: August 13, 2016, 11:10:49 PM »
My boyfriend wants to get a kerosene heater for this winter to save on electric.  It's not a bad idea since our average electric bill last winter was almost $400.  But, I've heard they can have problems with carbon monoxide.  Can anyone recommend a good brand/model to get that isn't super expensive?  He wants to get one soonish while he's still getting good hours at his new job, and before it gets cold and the prices go up.

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Re: heaters
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2016, 11:33:40 PM »
I can't offer information on brands, but there is good information here about the safety factors of a kerosene heater.

Offline LostInTheMist

Re: heaters
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2016, 12:23:26 AM »
I had good experiences with a Duraheat 23,000 BTU heater. ( )

Cant say how well it stacks up after time though. I only used it for one winter. (And our winters are fairly mild so it wasn't on all that often.)

Offline SerephinoTopic starter

Re: heaters
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2016, 08:58:14 AM »
I can't offer information on brands, but there is good information here about the safety factors of a kerosene heater.

Thanks.  Yeah, fire is a concern too.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: heaters
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 09:37:42 AM »
Keep in mind, the increased cost of kerosene to fuel the heater goes up in winter (they do gouge a bit), so it may not be cost effective depending on how warm you like your place to be.  I have known people with kerosene heaters to end up having a higher kerosene bill than the electrical bill was (and still have to pay the electric on top of it).

Offline SerephinoTopic starter

Re: heaters
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2016, 05:44:41 PM »
*nods*  I will mention that to my boyfriend.  He's under the impression it will be so much cheaper.

Offline CaptainErotica

Re: heaters
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2016, 06:44:40 PM »
My wife is the same way. The main room of our house us huge ( maybe 100ftx100ft) and being in Japan there is no central heating. When we first moved in I bought one of the larger heaters that worked great for the size of our house. But according to her it used up too much kerosene. So instead we now use three separate heaters using just as much if not more kerosene. On average we spend about ¥5000 ($50) per week on kerosene. And that's not even counting the bedroom upstairs. She refuses to use a heater up there, so it is like the Arctic Circle up there. I've got icicles growing off my nose hairs and her solution? Put on more clothes. She wears like four layers of clothes to bed under like five blankets. And I'm over on my side of the bed next to the cold drafty window freezing because I can't sleep with that much crap on me.

Summer is opposite. No AC (wall unit is too expensive) so we'll just use ten electric fans instead. Makes sense. Meanwhile I'm sitting T my PC sweating like can of soda on a hot day in the Sahara desert because everyone keeps pointing the fans away from my desk. Then at night the fan, when she uses it is on her side of he bed thus mostly blocked you her body.

Sorry about the mi I rant. Basically depending on the size of your home you are looking at about $100 per month on kerosene.bmore or less if you use it often or less often.

« Last Edit: August 14, 2016, 06:47:41 PM by CaptainErotica »