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Old 11-23-2008, 07:44 AM   #1
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Winter renovation heating.

Hey folks want to work on inside renovating or 1977 sovereign,Land yauht and was wonder if my kerosene ready heat 60000 BTU forced hot air heater would be ok if I left all the windows open and had a fan blowing in fresh air. Don"t want to die from CO poisoning.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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Can you get an electric heater in there?
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:42 AM   #3
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Heating with the windows wide open does sound counter productive. The clearance requirements for one of those heaters is quite large, usually eight feet from the exhaust.

I would go with electric heaters as a cleaner, safer option.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:05 AM   #4
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I've got a 100k BTU model like yours ... sometimes what I do is set it up to blow into an open doorway of e.g. a garage (and trailer would be much the same but smaller so heat up faster) for a half hour or so until things get warm enough to work, then shut it off and put in a small electric heater to keep the area warm while I'm in there working. But it always leaves a bit of a kerosene "smell" that takes quite a while to air out. This is eased by letting the heater "warm up" for a couple of minutes before starting active heating, so that it is operating at it's peak efficiency.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:22 PM   #5
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It isn't to live in just so I can work inside of it with out freezing leaving windows open should be all right as far as c2o poisioning correct?
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:30 PM   #6
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You can buy some portable electric heat / A/C units for about $600 for high power, less for lower power. They have an exhaust tube that you can run out a door or window, plugging the rest of the opening with blankets etc. I am installing an exhaust port (like a dryer vent) in our 78 Argosy to allow using one all the time, we live in Texas where our problem is heat. This unit will supplement our standard roof A/C unit, and have the dual advantage of being able to remove it and use it on my boat if I want to. They are about 12,000 BTU as I recall, but you could run it safely all the time if you wanted to, and sell them when you are done. They also are on wheels for moving around and are only about a 15 x 16 inch footprint.

I would just be very leary about the kerosene blower. Even if it turned out to be safe, seems it could leave a long term odor, which would be a shame on a re-done interior.

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