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Old 01-04-12, 09:52 PM   #1
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One year later, and Rube is still HOT!

As you know, I'm a bit of a temperature sisi. Winter 2009 was particularly hard because you can't warm your ass on electric furnaces if you are broke. When Winter 2010 got close, I did a lot of research on alternative methods for warming up the place. The runner ups of that research were the Kerosene and the Propane heaters, I went with the Propane because it was cheaper.

Winter 2010 went by and I kept myself pretty warm. Now in Winter 2011, I'm still warming myself up, keeping the energy bill down and most amazing, I'm still using the same 15lb tank! By the looks of it, It will last me until March.

Two years of heat on $20 bucks worth of propane sounds like a pretty good deal to me.


43 degrees outside, 85 in heah... oh yeah! The Puertorican likes it HOT!
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Be sure to get a carbon monoxide detector just in case. I'll refrain from mentioning the obvious fire hazards.
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Be sure to get a carbon monoxide detector just in case. I'll refrain from mentioning the obvious fire hazards.
Wouldn't that go off every time I eat chilli?
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Up here in Arkansas we've figured out a great answer to your problem.

It's called layers of clothes and long sleeves.
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The last time I was in FL (Jan 2011), it got down to about 35. I slept outside.

It isn't that unusual for me to do that in PA, either. And I despise being cold.
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That's really not a good idea in a lot of ways.

That said... doowutchyalike.
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I didn't think it was possible to stick a heater onto a propane cylinder of that size. And of course you have it sitting on a wooden chair.

I will start watching the Winter Springs papers for reports of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Up here in Arkansas we've figured out a great answer to your problem.

It's called layers of clothes and long sleeves.
I was going to say... my electrical bill each month - around $19. In summer I wear little clothing and in the winter (and yes it gets cold here) I layer it on. I never use heat or air. I open or close windows. I don't have Ruben's unlimited amount so money to waste on heat!
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Rube, yous an idjit.
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Wouldn't that go off every time I eat chilli?
No, that's methane.

Ya know... If you were really cost conscious, you could light.... um... never mind.
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Old 01-05-12, 03:09 PM   #12
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Propane is perfectly safe when used correctly. I placed the heater on the living room, near the house AC intake, and use the house AC to circulate the warm air through the entire structure.

Several extractors located through the house expel 3x more air volume than the amount of toxic gases created by the heater. A window extractor set in reverse pulls fresh air @ the living room.

When going to sleep, the heater and the extractors are turned off. Heater is taken outside to avoid danger from any possible micro leaks. House insulation takes care of keeping the warmth in, and if for some reason it gets too cold, electric can automatically kick in.

A Carbon monoxide detector is located on the AC's intake. Is an electric one, not a battery operated one. But it does have batteries as backup, just in case. Picked it up at home depot. A 2nd detector is in the master bedroom.

There is another carbon monoxide detector you can buy that can be linked to the heaters dump switch, automatically shutting it down if something bad is detected. I'll probably get one of those too, since when it comes to safety there is no such thing as overkill.
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I didn't think it was possible to stick a heater onto a propane cylinder of that size...
Oh yeah... you can use even smaller tanks too:



Or even bigger heaters:

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I bet the landlord loves knowing about that. But still, if I thought I could safely heat my apartment for $20 a year, I'd do it too. As it is, New England winter with single pane glass windows and oil heated water radiators as a heat source...well, I don't want to think about what I pay a month, but lets just say it's way more than that.
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Old 01-05-12, 06:11 PM   #15
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Bring a 15lb. propane tank inside your house is the most boto loco stunt you have pulled yet.
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It gets 45F once or twice a year down there.Put a hotwater bottle under your schmutz if you can,t sleep on these 2 days a year.Buy a "winkie"muff at an outfitter shop.

I though you were one of those hardenedbackwoods outdoor huntsman now? It's not like you present body is lacking sufficent stamina/insulation.Thermal bib overalls,Carhart jacket,and a baseball cap with you favorite Nascar number and you'll stay toastie.
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Bring a 15lb. propane tank inside your house is the most boto loco stunt you have pulled yet.
Do they not say right on them "DO NOT USE OR STORE INDOORS"?
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Bring a 15lb. propane tank inside your house is the most boto loco stunt you have pulled yet.
This has the potential for the biggest disaster yet, it's a good thing you don't live in a blimp. "Oh the humanity".
Every year there are stories about people's homes catching fire due to space heaters, as well as a few CO disasters. Is your heater really that much better than putting on some warmer clothes?

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It gets 45F once or twice a year down there.Put a hotwater bottle under your schmutz if you can,t sleep on these 2 days a year.Buy a "winkie"muff at an outfitter shop.

I though you were one of those hardenedbackwoods outdoor huntsman now? It's not like you present body is lacking sufficent stamina/insulation.Thermal bib overalls,Carhart jacket,and a baseball cap with you favorite Nascar number and you'll stay toastie.
How did you survive your trip to Georgia? You must have felt like you were going to the north pole.
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Here in PDX we keep the house at a balmy 50F while I keep the home in Canada a little warmer to keep the tenants happy but if it was just me I would not have the heat dialed up much past this either.

A few interchangeable layers and a big cup of HTFU goes a long way to staying warm in the winter.
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^Those igloos of my neighbors stay quite warm but you lose your rental property every Spring.
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You guys need to watch more Becky's Homestead:

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I don't know if the one Rube has is one or not, but they do make indoor safe propane and kerosene heaters. I don't have one, but I'm pretty sure they have all kinds of warnings about air circulations.

Having said that, I didn't even bother closing the windows until it got below 50.
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Ye gods. Do be careful, man. You wouldn't want to get mocked on the evening news...
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