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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
We just bought this and set it up in our dog house. Very sturdy construction and easy to install. We have a 9 month old Australian Shepherd who chews up everything, so a pet heating pad was out of the question. Also, those are flimsy and not worth the $. We live in a snow belt and have very high winds. We have the setting on the heater right now on medium, and the dog's house is comfortable. We did insulate the dog house since this is one of the things they recommend for the heater to work properly. I would recommend this and am very pleased.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2013
I purchased this product to keep my dog warm in the winter months. Being from the Mid Atlantic region, snow and cold weather is inherent. When I received the product, I noted its sturdy construction. It may seem pricey but it is well made. After opening the box, I laid it on the counter and plugged it in. I made sure the thermostat was on the off position and began to turn it on. I heard the thermostat click and the unit turned on and quickly began to heat up. A couple minutes of that new oily type smell as it heated up but it quickly dissipated.

The unit does get warm to the touch and I mean warm. The top and front are warm/hot and the bottom is cool to the touch. I ran it for about 1 hour on my counter with the thermostat on high. By the way the thermostat basically controls just the on or off setting. When it is on........it is on......no half heat or 30%. On or off. It does have a built in temp control built into the thermostat so that when on low it will not turn on until temps dip low and the high setting will make the unit turn on at a higher external temp.

After the burn in, I plugged the unit into a P400 Kill-a-Watt device to review the power draw. I was shocked to see a very minimal power consumption. Very nice perk for the buyer. The unit draws 1.3 amps when on. Considering your iPad charges at 2.1 amps and your Kuerig coffee maker draws almost 12 amps, this was a nice surprise.

I installed the unit quite easily. I feel good about my dog being able to weather the winter conditions with the hound heater installed in her dog house. The temp is supposed to dip into the 20's tomorrow evening so I will be closely monitoring the unit. I will provide updates as I test the outside temp vs the inside dog house temp.

As a side note, I did insulate the walls of the dog house with 1 1/2" foam board. I did not insulate the ceiling but may do so as I monitor the performance. Same goes for the entry door.

Update: The unit has been in operation 1 week now and I have the following notations: I placed the thermostat on "medium". The overnite temperature dipped to 38 and the house was a cool 45. I thought this was somewhat cool so I raised the thermostat between "medium" and "High". The other nite the temp was again 38 and house was 54. This morning the temp outside was 28 and the house was 47. I don't think the house can be much warmer without some additional insulation such as the insulating the ceiling and putting a dog door at the entrance. I purchased an infared temperature gauge ( I also have a wireless thermometer for inside the dog house that helps me monitor the inside temp) to shoot the Hound Heater temp. When it is on the unit is a smoking 175 degrees !
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2010
The first hound heater furnace that I bought would not regulate properly. I called the company directly, had a response within 12 hours, and a new heater at my door 2 days later. Great service and a great product. It is currently 10 degrees outside in St. Louis but according to my wireless thermometer...it is a toasty 72 degrees in the dog house!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
We built a nice kitty condo to keep our outdoor cats safe and warm this winter. Unfortunately the weather got colder than we expected so we purchased the "hound heater." The cats are just thrilled. They even stayed inside most of the day when it was raining.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
This worked great. We put a wire mesh in front of it, just so the dog could not get to it at all, and put it in the far end of the dog house. Now, on cold mornings, he doesn't want to come out!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2012
Think of this device simply as a scaled down baseboard heater for your pet's house. If you have a pet who for whatever reason needs to be outdoors in the winter and you live in a cooler climate, consider this essential. I have a well insulated cat house and have set the thermostat to around 70 degrees. (There's actually no temperature scale on the thermostat--my only complaint.) I've put a wireless thermometer in the house to track the temperature, and the temperature stays comfortably within about 3 degrees of this set point, regardless of the outside temperature. My gruff old tomcat loves his cathouse and its cozy environment. I highly recommend this heater, but make sure: (1) there's enough space so that the animal can keep a comfortable distance from the heater, which can get reasonably warm; (2) the pet house is insulated and dry; (3) there's no draft (e.g., open door), which the heater like all electric radiant heat sources would have trouble counteracting. It's actually a bit larger than it appears in the photos--so, make sure to measure to make sure it will fit. Well built, quality product that I expect will last a long time.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
The heater looks nice and looks sturdy. The unit itself gets hot but it only seems to radiate heat around it and does not heat a small space. I used it in a dog house that is a little larger than a regular dog house but it was insulated and should have kept the room warm. It does not. I could have bought a much better heater for half the price that is designed to keep a whole room warm which I had to do anyway. That is what I now have and it works so much better than this one. It was a very expensive mistake. I paid the high price of $100 because it was advertised as being especially for dog houses. The company was nice about the return and providing the information required to return it but I was charged $15 for returning it to the company (charged for the stated FREE shipping I received when I bought it and for the company's Amazon fee) and I had to pay another $20 to ship it (they required signature and insurance). I also had to buy the other heater. So I am out $35 for a product I could not use. Extremely disappointed. I will think twice before buying any more major purchases from Amazon or other companies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
I have been feeding and sheltering a stray/cat that has been around the neighborhood for the past 2 or 3 years. While I have the medium sized dog Igloo set up for him with an outdoor cat heating pad in it, I always worried it was still too cold, especially during those really frigid Long Island cold snaps. We installed the unit right before the single digit temperatures kicked in and we could not believe how warm the inside of the igloo got. While kitty was a little leary at it at first, the cold weather got the best of him and he finally went in. Now he loves it, and I can rest easy knowing he has a cozy place to go. My only complaint, and it has really nothing to do with the unit itself, but the shape and size of the Igloo I have. It was a little challenging to install (however, they do sell a bracket for the igloo), and I think the unit is really too big for the medium sized igloo. Wish the size of the heater was a little smaller to accommodate the smaller houses. All in all, it does what it claims. Also, it does help keep the heat inside if you have some kind of door/flap on the house. I rig my own using a heavy fabric encased in a vinyl tablecloth or shower curtain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
I was very disappointed in this product. It really is for a very tiny dog house, and mine is large enough to fit 2 dogs. The unit does heat up as stated, but if you move your hand 3" away from the unit you can no longer feel the heat. I think if you have a very small well insulated and sealed dog house this would work. I'm returning mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
I bought 2 of these back in November 2011, its now Jan. 2014. I live in Detroit, MI where I use these heaters to host my short hair Bully Dogs & they work great every winter & never had 1 issue. (4 WINTERS). The night before last was -20 with the wind chill, & I said, well those heaters not going to be enough for the dogs. When I Zapped the inside of the doghouses it was 57 in one & 59 degrees in the other, the dogs stayed out & was happy all night, yesterday morning all they wanted to do is run & play. (I went outside to the kennels 2 times that night & the dogs looked at me like they wanted to say why you in the cold, come on inside, close my door.....LOL)

Sorry I didn't write a review before now, I thought I did.

Don't look any further for a Dog house heater than here, you wont be disappointed
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