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#1287321 Tue Nov 13 2018 07:40 PM
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Just curious, what's better the open flame type, or the radiant type?

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In a small or well sealed place the condensation or moisture from a non vented heater can cause issues, mold and so on.
If a large place and small heater, or drafty that may not be an issue. A n externally vented heater, though less efficient, solves the problem.

Don't believe that is the question you asked, but is something to consider if you haven't already.

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My experience with the radiant heater is you have to be in front of the heating element to feel the heat. The open flame heats the air and thereby the whole space.

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Both replies are spot on. Which type is better/safer depends on the application. Tell us more and I suspect the answers will be better.

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Small insulated building 10'x15' 8 ' ceiling. What Tiny says makes sense to me.

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Safety is important. Especially if you are a klutz like me. Just this past weekend I was at a lake front cottage I own with my brother. I was there to winterize it for the season. We have an open flame gas heater. It does a fantastic job. It had not been used since the previous fall. I was attempting to start it to take the chill off while we worked on draining the pipes, etc... I was not sure the gas was on so I held the knob down trying to listen for flowing gas. I thought I heard something so I hit the spark ignitor. FLASH. A big ball of flame came shooting out of the front of the heater, and yes, like an idiot I still had my face down in front of the heater. Nothing serious but it trimed my eyebrows and eye lashes about half way back. It receded my hair line about a 1/2 inch and filled the room with that burnt hair smell. A few minutes later my brother walked in. "What is that smell"? Smell, what smell. This will be our secret.

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