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    • Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 11:20pm

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      Kevin Coulson

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      big thanks for sharing with us Hugh

    I feel like I'm back at the Oil Drum! 

    • Fri, May 09, 2014 - 12:50pm

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      Kevin Coulson

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      Going with a heating option

    Going with a heating option that uses very local fuel (in your case wood) is always a sound line of thinking.  The amount of wood that you'll use totally depends on the amount of heat loss that the house has.  I know people that have nearly identically sized homes and one place uses 5 times more wood than the other guy.  If you have high amounts of insulation and low amounts of air leakage things can be very manageable.  I know a few homes that only use 2 cord per winter in PEI.

    The ventless heaters are attractive when it comes to cost, ease of use and can operate without electricity, but for myself I won't want to take the chance with the combustion gas issue.  I noticed that the Procom unit has an oxygen sensor that is suppose to turn the unit off if the oxygen levels in the home/room get too low.

    • Wed, May 07, 2014 - 11:26pm

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      Kevin Coulson

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      Be very cautious with any “vent-free” heater

    I The reason these types of heaters are hard to find in Canada is that the safety codes don't allow them.  There are even a few states in the US that don't allow them ( see the Mr. Heater website ).

    Your life will be in your hands.  With no vent or flue pipe the combustion gases from the heater end up in the room/house with you.  If the carbon monoxide levels get too high then you die.  Here is a CBC story about recent deaths: 

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-5-things-to-know-about-the-silent-killer-1.2575563

    Here's what the US dept of Energy has to say about portable heaters:

    http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/portable-heaters

    I hope that this is helpful.

    Kevin

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