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Old 10-21-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for a small electric heater?
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:35 PM   #2
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Pick whatever one suits your fancy. Just remember that the largest plug-in heater will be 1500 watts, which is about 12.5 amps or just over 80% of a 15 amp outlet.

1500 watts = 5100 BTU's. So any 1500 watt heater you buy will put out 5100 BTUs, whether you paid $20 at Walmart or $150 bucks somewhere else.

Some have additional features such as different heat levels (750/1500 watts, 500/1000/1500 watts, etc.), built-in thermostats, oscillating discharge, different fan speeds, etc., etc.

Most simply use an electric coil that gets hot and a fan blows air through it. Some use ceramics, which don't usually have a red-hot element. Some actually heat oil, which provides a heat mass which will continue to add heat to the room as it cools down. There are others.

But remember, 1500 watts = 5100 BTU's. So don't overpay for a heater.

Definitely don't buy the Amish heater!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news...h_heaters.html
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:41 PM   #3
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Pick whatever one suits your fancy. Just remember that the largest plug-in heater will be 1500 watts, which is about 12.5 amps or just over 80% of a 15 amp outlet.

1500 watts = 5100 BTU's. So any 1500 watt heater you buy will put out 5100 BTUs, whether you paid $20 at Walmart or $150 bucks somewhere else.

Some have additional features such as different heat levels (750/1500 watts, 500/1000/1500 watts, etc.), built-in thermostats, oscillating discharge, different fans speeds, etc., etc.

Most simply use an electric coil that gets hot and a fan blow air through it. Some use ceramics, which don't usually have a red-hot element. Some actually heat oil, which provides a heat mass which will continue to add heat to the room as it cools down. There are others.

But remember, 1500 watts = 5100 BTU's. So don't overpay for a heater.

Definitely don't buy the Amish heater!

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news...h_heaters.html
Great info rockfordroo.
I keep seeing these posts where folks pay $80-$100 (or more) for a 1500w heater. Those don't put out any more BTUs than the $15 heater from Wally World or Dollar General. 1500w is 1500 w.
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