An Aroid greenhouse question


Hi Folks,
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> Can anyone give me some suggestions on choosing a greenhouse heater for=

my
> greenhouse Aroids?  My greenhouse isn't very big (9' X 15') with a
covered
> wagon top that reaches 10'.  I've heard of kerosene, gas, wood and
compost,
> but the ones that appeal to me the most are kerosene and propane gas
> heaters.  Can anyone recommend a heater?

For my 10'x8' aluminium greenhouse, I used propane this winter to keep th=
e
temp at about 5'C (40'F). It worked well, and (unlike the kerosene heater=
s
I have used) you don't have to turn it on each night. However, burning th=
e
pilot light constantly is fairly expensive, and can most cost-effectively=

be done by heating to a higher temperature (the pilot light is on less, s=
o
a higher proportion of the gas is used for heating, even though it will
cost that bit more).

Propane is expensive (and if anyone in the UK uses propane they will know=

that the price varies a lot... Calor is almost 40 GBP/cylinder where my
local supplier's gas is 24 GBP for the same amount) where natural gas is
cheaper (I think you can convert propane heaters - natural gas heaters an=
d
vice versa), but remember the installation cost, especially if the neares=
t
pipeline is miles away, like in rural Herefordshire :-) Also remember the=

carbon monoxide risks if you live in your greenhouse like I do :-)

Anyway, hope this helps.

Kindest Regards,

Toby
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Toby Marsden
--
Orleton Manor, Orleton, LUDLOW
Salop, SY8 4HR, ENGLAND



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