The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1

    Default Portable Heat for Tack Room: No Electricity Needed

    Just want to share that I bought this indoor-safe portable propane heater for DH for Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Cali...propane+heater

    We set it up today in the tack room out in our barn, with the idea that while we were doing barn chores, we could slip in there to get warm every 10 minutes or so (it's brutally cold here today!).

    IT WORKS GREAT! Our tack room is approximately 10 x 12, not insulated, but with finished walls and ceiling and a ceiling fan. Inside temp went from under 20 degrees F to almost 50 degrees in less than 30 minutes. We have decided that the only thing missing was a decent CD player and a couple of thermoses of coffee -- which we plan to bring out next time!

    CAVEAT: It's easy to get confused on these, I accidentally ordered the outdoor-only heater, which is confusingly called the same thing. Sent it back and got this indoor-safe one. If you decide to buy one, be SURE you get the indoor-safe model.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 26, 2013
    Posts
    342

    Default

    That would be good to turn a wash stall into a heated wash stall!


    2 members found this post helpful.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May. 16, 2005
    Location
    Elmwood, Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,369

    Default

    Even indoor safe I think I would put a carbon monoxide detector in there. Maybe it is belt and suspenders, but its fairly cheap insurance for your safety.
    Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
    Elmwood, Wisconsin


    1 members found this post helpful.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 31, 2006
    Posts
    3,139

    Default

    The unit has a low-oxygen detector and automatic shut-off, which ought to suffice.

    CO detectors are cheap insurance -- but they do generally require electricity, which not everyone has out in their barn or in the tack room.

    I have a propane fireplace with low-O2 detector and automatic shut-off in my house ... and I also have a CO detector plugged in nearby, so I hear you on that! However, I personally wouldn't worry in my own barn / tack room because 1.) not using the device for overly long periods of time; 2.) personally, my tack room and barn are both plenty well ventilated! In fact, that is one of the reasons we need some heat!
    Last edited by King's Ransom; Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM.



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug. 18, 2003
    Location
    Brenham, TX
    Posts
    4,739

    Default

    Do you think his could help warm a tack stall at a horse show? Obviously tack stall has walls but no roof. I suppose using it anywhere near hay and shavings is a huge fire risk. Have been trying to figure out how to have a place to warm up at horse shows!
    Triple J Ranch Sporthorses
    www.triplejsporthorse.com
    Member - OMGiH I LOFF my mare(s) clique



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug. 31, 2006
    Posts
    3,139

    Default

    Yes, I would keep it away from combustibles like hay and shavings. Wash stall, tack room, dressing room on trailer -- that is where I think of using it. AND, I personally would only run it while I can see it. It does heat up fast, so you could just run it for a few minutes, warm your hands and your hiney, then turn it off.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec. 18, 2011
    Posts
    508

    Default

    Aside from the obvious safety considerations around fire, etc., do understand that these propane heaters expel a LOT of moisture into the air while they are running.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug. 31, 2006
    Posts
    3,139

    Default

    Ha ha ha -- okay. Yeah, I was told that about my propane fireplace, too. But after two years, I have not noticed a thing.

    I think these issues come up when you use them in a very tight (air-tight) environment -- like a really well-insulated, non-drafty room. This does not usually apply to a tack room or a barn, or a trailer dressing room.

    Also, I wasn't suggesting this as a central-heating kind of thing, where you just leave it running all the time. If you're going to use it to warm up a wash stall while you're washing a horse -- well, a little bit of extra moisture isn't going to bother much. If you're using it to warm your hands and hiney for 10 minutes while you're doing barn chores in sub-zero weather, you're probably not going to die of asphyxiation, wet-down the area, or burn things to the ground. Only on very rare occasions do things spontaneously combust while we're standing there using them according to the manufacturer's approved directions.

    No, I would not set this thing on high next to a stack of hay and go inside for the night, either.

    But, if you'd like a little extra heat where you don't have electricity, this thing works great!

    Also note, there is just one itsy bitty tiny flame, heating up two ceramic grids...not a big flame like traditional propane heaters. This is radiant heat from the ceramic grids. Pretty neat.
    Last edited by King's Ransom; Dec. 30, 2013 at 08:41 PM.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 18, 2011
    Posts
    508

    Default

    I think folks, me included, are just saying the obvious...because someday someone not familiar might read this thread and understanding the safety issues with portable space heaters is really important. There are too many accidents out there.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug. 31, 2006
    Posts
    3,139

    Default

    It is 23 degrees F out tonight, DH just came on after 90 minutes of barn chores and the first thing he said was, "Man, that heater in the tack room is GREAT!"


    1 members found this post helpful.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr. 2, 2009
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,179

    Default

    BF just got one of these for Xmas, so did his dad, they look really great!

    I have an electric ceramic space heater I love - it blows cool, warm, or hot air, you can set it on a time, it oscillates, no flame, and has a VERY sensitive tip switch so it's virtually fool proof (ceramic is protected by fan and grate so it can't get stuff on it). But yeah, there are only so many extension cords I can plug in at once!!!
    Life doesn't have perfect footing.

    Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
    We Are Flying Solo



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Sep. 2, 2005
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    11,790

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by King's Ransom View Post
    CO detectors are cheap insurance -- but they do generally require electricity, which not everyone has out in their barn or in the tack room.
    There are lots of models of CO detectors that are battery operated and well worth their cost as a back up plan just to keep everyone safe.



Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 19
    Last Post: Jan. 31, 2012, 02:15 PM
  2. Safest way to heat tack room?
    By beaulilly in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Sep. 3, 2011, 11:21 PM
  3. How to add Heat and A/C to tack room?
    By Sparky Boy in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jul. 25, 2011, 09:06 PM
  4. How do you heat your tack room?
    By Romany in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Nov. 10, 2010, 09:44 AM
  5. Heating Tack Room: ductless heat pump/mini split ?
    By springplainsfarm in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Aug. 15, 2010, 07:35 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness