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Natural Gas Heaters

Single room heaters that use natural gas are a good choice for houses that are already hooked up to a gas pipeline because there is never the need to stock a fuel source: you simply pay monthly for the gas you used. Natural gas burns very cleanly, so these heaters are easy to maintain. And while the price of gas can fluctuate quite a bit and gas cannot be stockpiled during periods of low demand, it is usually moderately priced compared to other sources of energy.

If you are thinking about buying a natural gas room heater, consider the following:

  • There are different types of gas heaters, but most of them are wall heaters that are mounted on the floor of the room and vent outside through a horizontal flue.
  • Gravity heaters are tall and thin. They take in cold air from a grate located at floor level and release the heated air at another grate at the top. These heaters come in sizes from 10,000 to 50,000 BTUs. Airflow can be improved if they have an optional blower.
  • Counterflow heaters are similar to gravity types, but in these an internal fan reverses the natural upward flow of heated air within the heater so that warm air is blown out of a grate near the floor. They can produce up to 65,000 BTUs. These are more expensive than gravity types but can provide more efficient heating by dispersing heat first where it is used rather than having to heat the upper portion of the room first..
  • Console model heaters are low and wide. They take up about as much room as a wood stove. They can provide 20,000 to 70,000 BTUs and are less expensive than counterflow units.
  • Fan forced heaters can also operate on gas. These usually hang from the ceiling, so they are a good choice if space is limited. They produce 30,000 to 75,000 BTUs.

Many natural gas heaters will also operate with propane if the unit has been adapted for it. Propane needs to be stored in a tank located outside the building. And while it has the advantage of being able to be stored, propane generally is more expensive than natural gas.

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