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Old 02-24-2015, 07:26 AM   #41
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I switched to LP for simplicity. I was sick of fixing all the muilt fuel heaters I had, and filling up jugs all the time. Now I just get some 100lb cylinders for running during the day, or 20's for smaller jobs, and its so much less head ache. And they run, without fail for me all the time.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:02 AM   #42
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I switched to LP for simplicity. I was sick of fixing all the muilt fuel heaters I had, and filling up jugs all the time. Now I just get some 100lb cylinders for running during the day, or 20's for smaller jobs, and its so much less head ache. And they run, without fail for me all the time.
Do you find much difference in fuel cost?
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LP is nice, but most of the sizable heaters I've seen have no thermostat. They have to be manually ignited. Not so much of a factor outside/in a tent, but not practical to keep fiddling with when they can stay ahead of the cold.
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LP is nice, but most of the sizable heaters I've seen have no thermostat. They have to be manually ignited. Not so much of a factor outside/in a tent, but not practical to keep fiddling with when they can stay ahead of the cold.
Also many of them can't be dialed down except at the tank. they are either on or off. And when they do fail they are difficult if not impossible to service at home. The big pigs/hogs or salamanders (I've heard both terms) are so stupid hot and loud that they can make for a very unpleasant day.
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I havent specifically done the math on fuel costs, but LP up here is hovering around $1.80 per. Kerosene is above that, and diesel is at $2.50 ish.

I also like not smelling the diesel or kerosene fumes all day, or having to slosh around and fill the 5 gallon jugs all the time. Its nice to have 500 gallon tanks dropped off for bigger jobs, or just drag around 100lbers and 20's for the smaller ones.

I did find some LP heaters for about $200 that have a thermostat and can be changed from 130k to 170k from Fleet Farm, an upper midwest chainstore. They've also got the auto ignite on them, no priming involved. I've been running the LP's now for 4 or 5 years, and other than having to fix a cord, or put a new fan on. they turn all day without fail.

I guess its just personal preference.
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I did the math on LP and diesel when I was first starting and the difference was over 2x more for propane. If I had figured Kero it would have been the same. Diesel cost was $40 per day and propane was almost $100.
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If my heating cost 100 a day thats what I would charge additional.
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Also many of them can't be dialed down except at the tank. they are either on or off. And when they do fail they are difficult if not impossible to service at home. The big pigs/hogs or salamanders (I've heard both terms) are so stupid hot and loud that they can make for a very unpleasant day.
Get a 'Hot Box' (by Red Dragon).....I've got two of them, you can dial em down, and they will crank when needed......plus, you can put about 200 lbs on top of them as well........when you need to heat up, or melt ice off of stock......

A true 5 star product.....
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If my heating cost 100 a day thats what I would charge additional.
I can't always get heating cost out of a project. If the project is too expensive they'll wait til spring. There's no doubt about it...I make less money in the winter for more out put of work, with or without heating cost. If i could just add $2k to the cost and still get the job I would...but I can't so I either eat the heating cost or only add $1k to the cost and get the work. I still make more than sitting at home

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