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Old January 11th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Last year I put a new garage up and in order to save a lot of money on foundation, I had to set it up as a heated structure. Well ended up putting in a 10KW electric Dayton heater in which does work great. I only use it when I am working in the garage. My question is why are solid fuel sources like pellet stoves and wood considered dangerous in a garage, because of gas fumes, but open flame heaters like vent-less propane and natural gas heaters are considered up to code? Seems like a pellet stove with a sealed door would be safer then open flame heaters.
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You can shut the source of fuel off to propane heaters, etc in case of fire. Pellet stoves you can't. This is what our city inspector told me when I put mine in. Don't know if that is state code or just for our city.
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Last year I put a new garage up and in order to save a lot of money on foundation, I had to set it up as a heated structure. Well ended up putting in a 10KW electric Dayton heater in which does work great. I only use it when I am working in the garage. My question is why are solid fuel sources like pellet stoves and wood considered dangerous in a garage, because of gas fumes, but open flame heaters like vent-less propane and natural gas heaters are considered up to code? Seems like a pellet stove with a sealed door would be safer then open flame heaters.
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You can shut the source of fuel off to propane heaters, etc in case of fire. Pellet stoves you can't. This is what our city inspector told me when I put mine in. Don't know if that is state code or just for our city.
not only that but gas vapors tend to stay lower and if you tend to have a heat source or open flames low you could risk a fire and have no way of shutting of your heat source most garage heaters are up towards the ceiling forcing air down due to these reasons. If you have ever noticed you always have to step up into a house that is conected to a garage just because of the gas fumes
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