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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-05-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Torpedo kerosene heaters?

What are your thoughts on these units? I used to use a home-built waste oil heater, thena small wood stove, now I got a 60,000 BTU torpedo heater. I was considering building a better and more efficient waste oil heater but not sure if I really feel like doing that.

Figured it would be nice to just be able to go out to the garage, hit a switch, and get to work. No babysitting a fire or oil heater. I'm a little concerned about fumes and carbon monoxide though. Who uses these units and have you measured the CO levels? Also, kero is almost twice diesel... Other than maybe some extra odor compared to kero, is diesel dangerous compared to kero?

My garage isn't insulated or sealed well. Gets drafty around the doors where there are gaps. I ran the heater for a couple hours the other night and it was comfortably warm while hovering just below freezing outside, though was a little chilly right at ground level. Just cracked one of the bay doors up a bit and figured it'd probably be fine for CO or fumes. Is it okay to run with the doors closed to get rid of that draft? I know some folks run kerosene heaters in their homes, but figured I'd use caution and crack a door just in case.
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okay i confess. one of the reasons i can work in the minnesota winters is that i wear carhart brand clothes. the other is torpedo heaters. after thirty years of this crap i have found out a couple of things>first the smallest ones that work meaning burning clean are the hundred thousand btu ones. second there is a screw on the back of the vent panel that cranks up the pump. third run the new low sulfur on road diseil. denfinately not the off road crap. screw kero. fumes as much or more than the low sulfur fuel. finally when its really cold and the heater is dicking with you, pour a bottle or two of heat(alky) in the fuel. bobn
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good old torpedo heater
i have one sittin under my bench
i used to burn fuel oil from a heater i go tout of an old trailer house
and used a old gas tank from a 71 ford truck
and a inline fuel filter
it worked awsome
i keeped the tank inside never ha dto worry about it jellying up
and i just pipped the chimney out the side of the wall
no fumes and it was cheaped to run then the torpedo
and way less noise
the only reason i dont run it now is cause i installed a wood boiler last year
so i now heat my house and garage with that
i did use the torpedo a few times and it did work but
with eather clean fueil oil or kero
it still burned my eyes after awhile
and the noise suxed
but yes they work but i would only use it for a temporay heat
if you pln on heating the garage for more than a few hrs here and there
i would look into someting else
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Mine is propane fairly clean, will eat up a 25# bottle in a day. No kerosene :!: :!:
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They need a little maintenance. I have my fathers right here restoring it. The filters clog often and need pulled out and cleaned. This one is awaiting a new nozzle and nozzle adapter. Almost all parts are available and its not bad pricing. This sucker is old. My father has a bad habit of catching his pants legs on fire with it :lol: .
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Been there, done that. I would insulate and cover some drafts, use power cord thermostat on torpedo, 1/4 the run time and fuel cost. X2 on the low sulfur fuel. Will also be cooler in summer and quieter work place.
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I used one for about a week one time and I thought it stunk like crap. I used regular diesel (about 8 years ago maybe) and burned a bunch while doing a motor swap. After all the positive responses it makes me wonder if there was something wrong with my heater but I felt like crap after using it. I eventually put in an ifrared heater overhead.

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I use a torpedo kerosene 50k BTU heater for my garage. It is a 3.5 car size and is totally finished. It works well and when it needs to be replaced I will buy the same. I only use the K type kerosene. Propane heaters make allot of water but is a more cleaner smell.
If you work out there allot consider a vent free natural gas unit (if you got NG available).

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I live in the pacific NW so the winters are fairly mild rarely dipping into the 30's.

I use a large torpedo heater to take the chill off in my shop when I first open in the morning. Electricity here is very cheap and I run electric heaters at work stations for the rest of the day while the torpedo heater cycles occasionally.

I have a co2 meter and it has never gone off when the heater is running but a propane fork lift will sure set it off !!!

Low sulfer diesel works well. Just clean the heater tank and filter occasionally.



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I too use a propane torpedo to heat sometimes and I found that if I run one of the 3 1/2" rubber hoses from my tailpipe exhaust system to the air inlet of the torpedo, it stinks alot less. The end of the propane bottle is always the stinkiest and the fresh air plumbed to it really helps. Surely some of us have run the heaters when doing alot in the solvent tank and painting and when those fumes mix and burn..yech. Tres...

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I also use Torpedeo heaters. I have 2 of them one is 25 yrs old 100k unit and the other one is a new 300k. I switched to low sulfar diesel and dump the Heet drygas in once in awhile. Just a little maintenance once in awhile.


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I use them a lot for my drywall business i have at least 10 of them and diesel smells better than kero if their not running right they will stink with both fuels you dont wana mess with the pump screw in the back unless your setting pump pressure when its not right they stink like carbs do. In the back theres two ports one is to set pump pressure the other is to screw a fuel pressure gauge into. On the side of the heater it will give you the pump pressure for that model check it and set it running. for good info go to reddyparts.com
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