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Top 4 Best Kerosene Heaters of 2018

Best kerosene heater reviews 2018

Best-in-class
Mr. Heater MH175KTR

Mr. Heater MH175KTR F270370 Forced-Air Kerosene Heater

Top-notch performance and reliability

Impressive heating capacity and top-notch safety features make this kerosene heater the best you could find.

Mr. Heater MH175KTR Review

The Mr. Heater MH175KTR presents itself as the best kerosene heater on the market capable of delivering indoor and outdoor performance. It boasts 175,000 BTU, sufficient for heating up to 4,375 square feet, and comes equipped with a sizeable 14-gallon tank that fuels up to 10 hours of continuous operation. Packed with versatility and safety features, the MH175KTR is perfect to use for industrial and domestic applications. The unit runs on kerosene, diesel, or jet fuel and boasts reliable no-flame and over-heat safety sensors that prevent overheating. A robust frame with ergonomic handle and heavy-duty wheels protects the motor and ensures portability. Furthermore, an easy to operate thermostat controls the heat output, helping manage fuel consumption. The design is completed by an intuitive control panel easy to operate even by the novice – another feature that makes the MH175KTR the best in its class.

Best value
Dyna-Glo KFA135DGD

Dyna-Glo Delux KFA135DGD Kerosene Forced Air Heater

Superb kerosene heater for indoor and outdoor use

A versatile and convenient heater running on kerosene, diesel, and other types of fuels.

Dyna-Glo KFA135DGD Review

The Dyna-Glo KFA135DGD is a dependable kerosene heater appealing to professionals and homeowners alike. Boasting a Dual Heat Technology and an output of 135,000 BTU, this unit can seamlessly transform your garage or shed into a year-round workshop. Warming up things in outdoor worksites and in large workshops is easy thanks to the generous heating capacity of 3,200 square feet. Comfort and fuel management are ensured by a convenient thermostat which is easy to set even by the inexperienced users. Versatility and convenience are also added by the possibility to run the unit with multiple fuels while the dual source power cord allows you to plug in additional tools and devices. Lastly, a robust yet compact frame with 10-inch wheels and ergonomic handles boost mobility, making the KFA135DGD live up to its “Delux” name.

Also great
DeWalt DXH75KT

DeWalt DXH75KT Kerosene Heater

Split barrel design for easy maintenance

Reliable unit for amateur use. It’s perfect to heat up your workshop or home renovation site.

DeWalt DXH75KT Review

Slightly weaker than our best-value pick, the DeWalt DXH75KT forced air kerosene heater won’t withstand industrial requirements but is perfect to use in your garage, shed or small worksite. Compact design and relatively low weight of only 72lbs when full make the unit portable despite the lack of a sturdy frame and wheels. But don’t let this minor drawback set you off. The DXH75KT’s heating capabilities are excellent. The unit has a reliable thermostat and can be regulated to temperatures between 25°F and 95°F. Advanced heating elements cycle on and off, maintaining the desired temperature while the recessed controls give a sleeker look to the machine. Continuous ignition and 75,000 BTU output that heat up to 1,750 square feet are two other noteworthy features of our second-to-best-value pick.

Best budget
Mr. Heater MH70KFR

Mr. Heater MH70KFR 70K Kerosene Radiant Heater

Dependable and affordable

Great value kerosene heater perfect for those shopping on a budget. It comes with multi-fuel capabilities.

Mr. Heater MH70KFR Review

When your budget is tight, but you’re still looking for a reliable kerosene heater for your workshop or worksite, the Mr. Heater MH70KFR could be the answer to your needs. Impressing with a competitive price and packed with features, this product is made to withstand the most varied demands. It outputs up to 70,000 BTU per hour and even if it’s weaker than our runner up pick, the MH70KFR still heats surfaces up to 1,750 square feet. It runs on kerosene, diesel, and even home heating oil, and operates for up to 11 hours on a full tank. Safety measures include an over-heat safety shutdown and a high-limit safety switch. Then, a shallow level of noise, low odor, and large radiant heat ensure full suitability for indoor use. Undoubtedly, a highly performing unit to consider for your low-budget needs.

2. Why invest in a kerosene heater?

A kerosene heater provides an excellent heating solution if you don’t want or can’t rely on electricity to warm up your garage workshop or worksite. Gaining more and more popularity, this machine will allow you to save on your bills, a significant advantage in today’s world.

The primary concern of owners regarding kerosene heaters is the heating efficiency. But there is little to worry about. These small beasts can transform over 99% of the kerosene into heat.

If instead your concern regards the sourcing of kerosene, know that most units available on the market are capable of running on diesel and other fuels too. Wondering what else to expect? Here are some of the most common benefits of this apparatus.

Benefits of a kerosene heater

  • Kerosene heaters are perfect to use in large industrial halls and the outdoors due to their high heat capacity. This feature increases the unit’s performance when used for domestic purposes.
  • Kerosene is a very cheap Combined with the high heat capacity, it helps lower your heating bill.
  • These heaters can usually run on multiple fuels including diesel, jet fuel, and oil, a feature that adds up to their convenience.

3. Types of kerosene heaters

Kerosene heaters can be broken down into radiant and convective, each coming with its pros and cons. 

Radiant heaters

Are small units designed for small, indoor areas. They are perfect for single rooms and don’t actually heat the air in your environment but rather radiate heat to the objects located in their direct range. The air is then heated indirectly by the objects that absorb the radiated heat.

This system works great in rooms affected by moisture problems, or in places that don’t have proper insulation. However, they are not suitable to use in large areas or outdoors.

Convective heaters

Designed to heat large surfaces, these kerosene heaters work best in workshops, open plan homes, worksites, or for industrial applications. They transfer heat to the air directly by warming the air molecules in front of them. A fan system helps to distribute the warmed air evenly at a 360 degree radius.

Due to their high efficiency, convective heaters can be used either indoors or outdoors. As it is easy to expect, their performance is higher in enclosed spaces.

4. Heating capacity

The heating capacity is a crucial feature of a kerosene heater, determining its suitability for your specific needs. The size is expressed in British Thermal Units (BTU), a rating that shows how fast the unit can warm the air, ultimately determining the average square feet the heater can handle.

  • Most domestic units have around 25,000 BTU and give their best in areas up to 1,000 square feet. However, they are usually too weak to warm the air in large spaces.
  • Industrial or heavy-duty domestic units frequently exceed 75,000 BTU. At this rating, the machine can usually heat up to 2,000 square feet or more.

Since more BTU mean a larger heated surface, most inexperienced users believe picking up a unit with a high BTU rating is better from the perspective of efficiency. But as odd as it may seem, it’s not.

There are two main things to consider when buying a kerosene heater, especially if you’re planning to use it indoors, the efficiency and the production of carbon monoxide.

Efficiency

In terms of efficiency, a kerosene heater gives its best performance when operated at full capacity. Running your apparatus at a lower level may mean a comfortable temperature in your environment, but it also means a more significant fuel waste.

Carbon monoxide

Regarding the carbon monoxide ratings, a large unit with high BTU produces more of it than a small unit. The quantity of carbon monoxide released by the heater is usually negligible but a faulty machine can output high levels of the deadly gas. Ensuring a proper ventilation of the area is, therefore, essential. Bad odors caused by the incomplete burning of the fuel can also cause discomfort, and proper ventilation can help disperse them.

For these reasons, it is essential to invest in a kerosene heater with the BTU rating you need.

5. Fueling system

Another important feature to consider is the fueling system. Here, the size is also significant and in this case, the higher, the better. The size of the fueling system refers to the size of the tank you have to fill, usually a 6-gallon or smaller on domestic machines and over 14-gallon tanks on professional units.

The capacity of the tank, together with the type of fuel used, will determine how quickly you’ll have to replenish the fuel in the tank.

Regarding the fuel, most kerosene heaters can run on multiple fuels. Kerosene and diesel are perhaps the easiest to source and the cheapest, but you can also use jet fuel or oil. Powered by kerosene, a unit with a tank of about 15 gallons can run up to 10 hours continuously.

6. Safety Features

A kerosene heater uses a flame to warm up the environment, and it can be a quite hazardous apparatus unless it comes with essential safety features. The most important are:

  • Over-heat protection: A central safety system designed to turn off the unit if it overheats. This serves two purposes. On the one hand, it lowers the safety hazards. On the other hand, it prolongs the unit’s lifespan.
  • Tip-over safety: This safety measure helps reduce the fire hazards and the risks of getting burned in the case someone or something bumps into your heater.

Is it safe to use a kerosene heater at home?

Kerosene heaters are safe to use in your home and other enclosed spaces, as long as you take all necessary precautions. Here are the three most important things to consider:

  • Combustion gases: Like all fuel burners, kerosene heaters release carbon monoxide into the air during operation. The quantity is usually negligible but to prevent risks, proper air ventilation is mandatory.
  • Fumes: Besides combustion gases, you should also consider the toxic fumes emanated by the fuel. Kerosene, but also diesel and other fuels evaporate, producing toxic fumes which aren’t too noxious if inhaled for a short period but that can cause problems in the long run.
  • Fire hazards: Kerosene heaters tend to get very hot during operation, posing a risk of burn injuries. Flames coming in contact with flammable materials can be a cause of fire or explosion if the material is a gas. Place the heater away from furniture and fabrics, and avoid using the unit in places where flammable vapors may be present and don’t touch the surface of the machine while it’s running.

7. Other helpful features

Besides all the above, there are a few other things to think of before purchasing a kerosene heater:

  • Fuel autonomy / run time: The autonomy of a kerosene heater varies according to its power and type of combustion, heating capacity, and tank volume. It is expressed in hours of operation, and a mid-range unit can usually run for up to 10 hours.
  • Portability: Kerosene heaters are versatile tools you can use to warm your house, a workshop, or even the outdoors. Invest in a unit that is relatively lightweight and easy to transport. Sturdy handles and heavy-duty wheels on the larger units are also a must.
  • Ease of use: Not all kerosene heaters were created equal. Some are easy to operate with just a push of a button. Others have less intuitive control panels and are harder to manage. A few things to look for are automated ignition, easy access to the tank and perhaps a removable tank for easier filling and maintenance.
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