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Believe the other comments, this is one poor piece of expensive stuff
on December 17, 2012
One star is as low as I can pick, but would like something lesser to indicate my opinion of this item.
The last heat we may get out of this thing will likely be the wood in the outer box when we burn it in the stove.
A friend bought this high priced piece of stuff and almost immediately began having trouble with it not coming on, intermittent fan function and so on. Both of us have years of car repair and fix it experience, and with the cost to return it to the 'factory' for repair being so high, we gave it a try to open to see where the problem lay.
Believe me, this thing was intentionally put together to be impossible to open. And not for safety reasons, either. With a full complement of extra long screw drivers, it became obvious that the designers had no desire for anyone to see the inside of this, despite clever company-written reviews proclaiming the commercial class quality of this beauty.
If you can get a heat lamp at a local hardware store and place it in a metal reflector you'll be better off. Heck, even a couple 100 watt light bulbs (before they get taken off the market) will be as safe and one ton of a bit cheaper.
Take our advice, just get a standard quartz heater from a Menards or Lowes or something similar and you'll be way ahead in money and avoid the low quality piece of work they are hawking.
Despite which electrical heater you buy, it is one of the MOST EXPENSIVE ways to generate heat. Sometimes there is no other way to do so, and in a limited area for a limited time, might make the most sense. But using electricity to heat will be expensive and unlike heat pumps which CAN pull in more heat than the amount of electricity consumed to do so, there are NO miracles in heat production with any resistance type heater. Be warned. Not only will your electric bill soar, but the highly inflated cost of the 'commercial' grade or 'elite' design is just lining someone's pocket once the bucks leave yours.
My two cents worth, written to reflect our experience and personal opinion in dealing with this device. The chop saw is next to see just where they hid the screws and how much glue was used to hold it together so it won't come apart for any type of servicing or troubleshooting.