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Dyna Glo, RA18LPDG, 18,000 BTU Propane Cabinet Heater
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- Built-in oxygen depletion shutoff (ODS) for safety
- self-contained propane cylinder
- Uses a 20-1b. Propane tank (not included)
- Adjustable heat settings
- Locking casters
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From the manufacturer
Dyna-Glo Cabinet Heaters instantly generate heat, when and where you need it, to keep your project/job on schedule. Customers consistently rate our heaters as a 'Hot Buy', because we have been helping them take the chill out of construction sites, industrial work spaces, agricultural buildings, and many other ventilated spaces for many years
Radiant Cabinet Heater
The Dyna-Glo Delux 18,000 BTU Cabinet Heater delivers outstanding heating performance, reliability, and durability.
- 18,000 BTUs
- 3 Heat Settings
- Heats up to 600 ft. Radius
- Piezo Ignition
- Oxygen Depletion Sensor for Safety
- Side Carry Handles
- Locking Casters
- 20 LB. Propane (LP) Cylinder Required for Operation - Not Included
- CSA Certified for Safety
Easy to Light
Features an easy Push Button Piezo Ignition.
Safe for Indoor Use
Includes an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor), that shuts off the heater, if the oxygen level drops below a safe level.
3 Plaque Heating System
Adjustable range from 6,000 BTUs to 12,000 BTUs, up to 18,000 BTUs.
The wheels allow you to easily move the heater wherever you need it. When you find the right spot, the 2 locking casters ensure that it stays there.
|BTUs||9,000 - 15,000||9,000 - 30,000||30,000 - 40,000||6,000 - 18,000|
|Heats up To||15 feet. radius||25 feet. radius||1,000 sq. feet.||600 sq. feet.|
|Run Time on High||28 hrs||14 hrs (2 Burners)||10.8 hrs||64.8 hrs|
|Run Time on Medium||33 hrs||16 hrs (2 Burners)||12.4 hrs||32.4 hrs|
|Run Time on Low||48 hrs||24 hrs (2 Burners)||14.4 hrs||21.26 hrs|
|L x W x H||7.1 inches x 8.3 inches x 12.0 inches||17.3 inches x 6.5 inches x 15.5 inches||8.9 inches x 8.9 inches x 20.71 inches||14,8 inches x 15.5 inches x 23.4 inches|
|Net Weight||2.42 lbs||4.92 lbs||4.36 lbs||16.83|
The DynaGlo Delux Propane Cabinet Heater produces up to 6,000-18,000 BTU’s of warmth and heats up to 450 square feet. Great for use in workshops, garages, patios, decks, and camping. Piezo igniter, 1 year limited warranty,
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The heater has three adjoining burners, each rated at 6000 BTU. Each burner is either on or off, and each is controlled by the gas valve on top of the cabinet. Low setting is the center burner only. Medium is the left and center burners together, and high is all three on at once. Each burner has a ceramic element with many small holes that the gas flows through as it burns, heating the ceramic bright orange hot and putting out a lot of radiant infrared heat rays. Of course there is also hot air rising from the burners too, and that contributes to warming a room. The radiant heat feels great, especially when you come in from the cold and want to warm your hands.
Some reviewers reported difficulty keeping the "pilot" lit. The pilot is actually an oxygen depletion sensor or ODS. It is designed and tuned so that if the oxygen in the room falls below a safe level the flame will go out, triggering the gas control to shut off the gas to the burners. The heater is not designed for outdoor use, and in fact the manual says it's for indoor use only. If used outdoors, any breeze will blow out the exposed pilot, aka ODS.
The user manual describes this as a "construction heater." There is a disclaimer in the manual saying the heater is not suitable for residential use. I regard both of those as coming from the manufacturer's legal department. But I can think of at least two reasons why it could be dangerous to use for home heating. First, the heater is unvented, so although it burns cleanly with a blue flame and negligible carbon monoxide when it is new and clean and perfectly adjusted, eventually partially clogged air inlets on the burners could result in carbon monoxide release. I would not use this heater indoors without a CO alarm in the room to monitor it.
A second reason it's not for residential use is that it runs from a common 20 lb. propane bottle of the kind used for gas BBQ grills, and those tanks are not safe for indoor use or even storage. The tank sits mostly inside the open back of the metal cabinet. Of course people do use them in residences, and usually there is no problem, as long as all of the gas fittings are tight and the flex hose is in good condition. But eventually you could have a propane leak that could lead to a fire or explosion. That's why the user manual says to always turn off the gas at the tank valve whenever you turn the heater off, because that eliminates most of the potential sources of leaks. But what happens if your house is on fire and there's a 5-gallon tank of propane inside? The tank won't explode and rupture because it has a safety pressure relief valve to prevent that, but it will release a lot of propane in a hurry, and inside a burning house that's not a good thing.
There are multiple safety features engineered into the heater. One is a tipover or bump sensor located inside the top of the cabinet next to the gas control. If you bump the heater medium hard while it is operating it will immediately shut off. There is also another sensor in the propane regulator that attaches to your propane tank. The manual says to connect it to the tank so that the flatter side of the regulator is up. I missed that when I first hooked it up, and couldn't get the pilot to light. I reviewed the setup instructions, saw what was wrong and corrected it. The manual says never use any other regulator with the heater than the one it is supplied with, and that's because it has this tip-over regulator built into it. Since fixing the regulator orientation it has worked perfectly every time.
After the heater has been used for a while, eventually house dust, cobwebs or woolie boogers drawn in with air will partly block the air inlets of the main burners and/or the pilot ODS. The manual goes into this and tells you to clean it with a vacuum cleaner or compressed air. The ODS is sensitive by design. Its job is to prevent the heater from burning in a closed room until it has used up enough oxygen to start producing carbon monoxide. Of course you should never use the heater without adequate ventilation, and the manual tells you so.
Another safety feature is a chrome reflector panel extending forward from the bottom of the burners. It keeps the floor directly in front of the heater from getting too hot. But there are no similar reflectors to limit radiant heat going to the sides, so you will need to be careful not to have anything flammable close to the side and slightly in front of the heater. The metal cabinet of the heater does not get very hot, largely because of the open back.
The wheels make it easy to roll the heater from place to place, and two of them have locking brakes to keep it from rolling if the floor isn't level, and to keep the heater from being moved or re-aimed due to an accidental bump.
I'm very pleased with this heater as a supplemental or backup heater for an unheated work room in my house. If I start it up on high, it warms the roughly 500 sq. ft. room pretty quickly, and I turn it down to low to hold the temperature. I'm conscious of the potential dangers, and use the heater carefully, making sure to close the tank valve every time when not in use, and checking that the ODS and main burner flames are clean and blue.
This is not a fully automatic idiot-proof appliance. It could kill you, but that's also true of your car and a good many other things that we must use with care. This heater has many safety features, but in the end you have to use the one built into you -- your brain.
So this I looked over and was very cautious in its use. 1st thing. It smells wickedly bad. Well that is because the paint coating needs to SEASON. Be sure to fire it up on high for 20 minutes for the smell to burn off.
2. The oxygen sensor does indeed work. I purposefully tested it and in fact it did shut down. Now as to how?? I didn't know. but it worked all the same.
BESURE to use a C/O detector with this unit nearby.
3. This thing pumps out radiant heat. So keep it clear of bedding , curtains , ANYTHING that burns. On a low setting of 1 burner. In 15 minutes on a fairly cold day out 27F. out daughters room with mostly windows was actually hot. 15'x22'. With a fan blowing on low in the room and the ceiling fan on. It was far more comfortable.
My take on it is it is well worth it for persons with experience, novice needs to be extra cautious on the SAFTEY aspects of its USE!
Took it outside used soap and bubbles and it was blowing gas out of the threads on the hose that screws into the regulator which is all supposed to be pressure tested at the factory. I've only used 1 tank of propane on this unit so no reason to be defective in 6 months. Can't return cause past 30 days. Amazon strikes again with their sub standard items.