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Old 12-28-2021, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by getrdunn View Post
I have a project ahead of me with some cabin, bulkhead and stringer repairs and my boat only fits in cold storage area of shop. Iíve used the electric heaters in the past without issues but just thinking of safety especially with the glass work involved. Any better heaters considering?
This will have to run pretty much around the clock at a controlled temperature. If it were just for a few hours a day I wouldnít be concerned.

I built a plastic structure around the boat inside the cold storage area of my building and i heat with a gas furnace installed on the outside of the structure and i can heat to whatever i want

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Old 12-28-2021, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Wally View Post
not sure why it wont let me post a link...but you can find a thermostatic outlet at places like grainger or mcmaster etc...so you can have one extra payer of protection. The heater plugs into this outlet then that outlet plugs into your power cord or wall outlet and you have a second thermostat to monitor temps and shut off power if something happens...
Good call, I had one years ago that was used in conjunction with a kerosene bullet heater. Kinda forgot about them. Heading to hardware shortly to see if they have otherwise meijer it is. Was in there yesterday and realized how much I hate it. Nice thing Covid did was allow us to shop meijer etc online and go pick up. 😂
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Originally Posted by Sydwayz View Post
A nice oil filled heater will work fine for your needs. As long as you have it on solid "footing", I'd have no qualms about leaving it running in the cabin from time to time. Just make a base with plywood and screw in a couple piece of wood around the casters so it stays in exactly one spot. Or ditch the casters, and actually screw it to a couple longer pieces of 4x4 for more stable footing.

Just make sure you use a really heavy gauge extension cord; 10 or 12 gauge. And keep an eye on the plugs for melting.


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Picked one up this morning. $61.97 at the local hardware.
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Originally Posted by green lightning View Post
I built a plastic structure around the boat inside the cold storage area of my building and i heat with a gas furnace installed on the outside of the structure and i can heat to whatever i want
Been there done that and worked well with my other boat and could still with current one but I went through propane like beer. That was just with 2Ē white foam ceiling though. It does work well though and will do again March and April for other misc work I need to do.
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I have r-19 in the ceiling with a 60,000 btu 92% natural gas furnace cost me about $45 a month , I leave it on all winter
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Old 01-17-2022, 05:13 PM
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Just to update I wanted to let you know how well the oil heater is working. Even keeps up during those zero temps. Would advise to anyone doing similar as I over winter. Tks guys.
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