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A guide to hiring propane heaters

A guide to hiring propane heaters

Read our guide to help you identify the right propane heater

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If you’re looking to hire a propane heater, but you’re not sure where to start, you’re in the right place. In this guide, we provide you with an introduction to this type of gas heater, including information about the different versions available, how to use one and what it can be used for. We also take a look at how safe they are, and whether they are suitable for indoor use. So, to work out if hiring a propane heater is the right fit for you, read on.

What is a propane heater?

A clean-burning and efficient fuel, propane is a gas that can be compressed into a liquid for use in heaters. Propane heaters are often an ideal heating solution, providing warmth and comfort in what would be an otherwise cold environment.

There are two main types of propane heaters - direct fired heaters and indirect fired heaters. But what is the difference between them? direct fired propane heater is powerful yet highly efficient, converting 100% of the fuel into heat. Meanwhile, an indirect fired propane heater is slightly less efficient, with a fuel efficiency closer to 80%. When it comes to transportation, direct fired propane heaters tend to be more compact than indirect fired versions, which are usually heavier and larger in size. As a result, you may find that direct propane models are much easier to move to where they are needed. As for similarities between the two types, both direct and indirect fired propane heaters feature built-in thermostats, meaning you have full control over the temperature at all times.

Generally speaking, direct heaters are usually less costly to hire compared to their indirect counterparts. It’s also worth noting that while these types of heaters run on propane, some models may also require electricity in order to function.

Propane heaters are available in varying sizes with different features, specifications and heating capacities, and it’s important that the one you go for ticks all the right boxes. To make sure that you hire the best one for your needs, you might find it useful to check out our heater hire guide too.

How to use a propane heater

Whether you want to provide warmth for your employees on a cold construction site in the middle of winter or you need to heat up a chilly warehouse unit, how you put your propane heater to use is up to you.

While there are different versions available for hire, the units themselves essentially work in the same way. Propane heaters often feature an electric ignition system which offers a push-button start function, as well as heat control knobs that manage the gas valve to release the liquid propane into the burner. The style of this system usually means that you will be able to light the propane heater in less than a minute, making it an easy and efficient way to provide warmth and comfort as and when it’s needed.

What to use a propane heater for

Propane heaters are ideal for use in a range of different spaces where heat is required. Due to the fact that direct fired propane heaters have an exposed flame and therefore require plenty of ventilation, this type of heater is usually more suited to use in large, open spaces, such as in warehouses, factories and on construction and building sites.

On the other hand, indirect fired propane heaters use a contained heating system, meaning that they are better suited to smaller, indoor areas, such as retail spaces and hospitals. However, if you are looking for a heater to provide warmth in an outdoor space which is undercover, such as in a marquee, you may find that hiring an indirect oil fired heater is more suitable.

Are propane heaters safe?

Propane heaters are perfectly safe - but only if you use them correctly. When you hire this type of heater, you should make sure that you read the accompanying safety guidance information carefully. This guide will provide you with information such as how to transport, store and light the heater, as well as details on how to prepare the area in which you want to use it. You might also find it useful to refer to the Health and Safety Executive for further advice and guidance.

More specifically, it’s important to note that a direct fired propane heater needs to be positioned and used in a well-ventilated area in order for it to function safely. What’s more, this type of heater also includes a number of safety features, which means that it can run without constant supervision.

Can you use a propane heater indoors?

It is possible to use a propane heater indoors, but there are certain things to keep in mind. For instance, most direct fired propane heaters require a certain level of ventilation, meaning they cannot be used in a tightly sealed area unless doors and windows can be opened for air exchange. This is due to the fact the direct fired propane heaters produce carbon monoxide and add moisture to the air. As a result, direct fired propane heaters are best suited for larger, open spaces, including industrial units and workshops.

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