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#4623269 - 01/03/18 11:30 PM Electric Oil Type Room Heaters
BlueOvalFitter Offline

Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 6003
Loc: Cajun Country, La.
Does anyone here use these type room heaters? I was thinking about buying one from EBAY. There is a 700 watt for $32 and a 1500 watt for $45. I have never been around one so I don't know what size to buy for my bedroom (15'X 15') and living room (22'X16'). Do they do a good job of keeping a room warm? I will be moving it from room to room. Opinions please.

#4623274 - 01/03/18 11:47 PM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1727
Loc: Alberta
I guess the word oil is used, so it belongs in this forum. Yes, Iíve used them in a cabin I used to have. Oil filled heaters are silent, and can keep a room comfortable with a slight lag in temperature but are quite effective once the room reaches the desired temp. They typically have a thermostat and might have a hi and low mode to control the rate at which they heat. 700 Watts is too small. I recommend the 1500watt version. The 22 x 16 room might need two 1500 watt heaters. It all depends on the outside temp. I kept a 15 x 15 room comfortable with one heater. And thatís with 2 x 6 construction and 0 degrees F outside. Hope that helps.


Edited by Snagglefoot (01/03/18 11:57 PM)

#4623284 - 01/04/18 12:09 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4737
Yeah, go with the 1500 first and see if you need 2 units.
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#4623287 - 01/04/18 12:15 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Linctex Offline

Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
I you want heat fast, those are not it.

I heat my place with little fan heaters. A little noisy, but it's just me here.
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#4623315 - 01/04/18 02:32 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Wolf359 Offline

Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 4752
Loc: MA
Basically all electric heaters are 100% efficient.

The only problem with electric is that they're probably the most expensive per btu even if they're 100% efficient.

Single cycle gas combustion turbines are only 20-35% efficient, combined cycle around 50-60% efficient. But generation is probably less than half the total cost of electricity, transmission is the other half and you have line losses along with the infrastructure costs. So unless you're in an area with cheap electricity, it can be 2-3x more than other heating sources.

#4623342 - 01/04/18 04:54 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Shannow Offline

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39864
Loc: 'Stralia
Found them good for baby's room, 3 feet from the cot or thereabouts.

As space heaters...meh. The vertical ribs and low temperatures encourage a convection current that's good for drying socks, but not good at "radiating" (down here they are called radiators) the heat to the end recipient. Hot air ends up at the roof.

The electric bar style are, IMO dangerous, but you feel the heat from them much better.

Have been interested in the radiant oscillating infra red things. They should feel better from a human perspective, but not really heat the room.

Wife and most of the office staff identify with a small fan heater under the desk. Doesn't heat the room, but they feel much better.

To heat a space, you need to force circulation of the warm air.

#4623346 - 01/04/18 05:09 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Char Baby Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10022
I have a radiator type oil filled room heater. It's 1500 watts. These are nice room heaters however, their failure rate is high. Get them as cheap as you can. I am much less impressed with the infrared room heaters.
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#4623357 - 01/04/18 05:37 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: Char Baby]
krismoriah72 Offline

Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1518
Loc: wv
I wouldnt buy one from EBAY but thats just me. Not only are you contending with cheap chinese parts, but the beating that the package takes along its journey.

On high failure rate items I buy at brick and mortars such as Walmart, TSC, Lowes, Home Depot etc.. due to easy return and exchange.

If you do buy it you will end up mcgyvering a house fan to circulate the warm air, unless you already have ceiling fans.

#4623374 - 01/04/18 06:00 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
alarmguy Offline

Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2152
Loc: South Carolina
I dont have one but you need a 1500 watt, heat from electric is heat, no matter the heater, 700 is way to small for much of anything.

Also question the need for EBAY on this one item, I really like EBAY but these heaters are a dime a dozen at almost any retailer and if you dont like it, you can easily return it, with ebay, on a heavy item your really stuck if you have to return it.

Also with a major retailer on an item like this "electric heater" if there is a defect or recall you will most likely hear about it, as defective model can be dangerous on an item like this.

Edited by alarmguy (01/04/18 06:03 AM)
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#4623382 - 01/04/18 06:18 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
BlueOvalFitter Offline

Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 6003
Loc: Cajun Country, La.
Hmmm, tough crowd here. Mixed opinions, although, 1500 watt is the best choice if I go this route. Honestly, I probably won't need it after the next few days, as we will have a heat wave starting today (56*).
I remember back in my high school football playing days, we had those kerosene/diesel turbine heaters on the side lines. If you got to close to them they would singe the hair from your legs and/or melt your socks! grin
Well, I'm going to check out WM and Sam's.
Thanks for the replies.
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#4623387 - 01/04/18 06:29 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
eyeofthetiger Offline

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
I recently got the 1500 watt model from Walmarrt for about $30. It works very well. I use it in the living room because the air vent from the furnace is undersized for the room, and the thermostat is down the hall, so it's always colder than the rest of the house. Now it's the warmest room.
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#4623437 - 01/04/18 07:28 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Char Baby Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10022
Keep in mind that the 1500 watt(ers) also has lower settings on them for those who don't need the full power. Which is why I purchased the higher wattage unit.

Edited by Char Baby (01/04/18 07:29 AM)
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#4623440 - 01/04/18 07:29 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
MasterSolenoid Offline

Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 164
Loc: One Step Beyond
Have you considered an Infrared Heater ?
I have never used one but hear they heat objects differently.

#4623460 - 01/04/18 07:50 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: MasterSolenoid]
georgemiller Offline

Registered: 10/30/09
Posts: 188
Loc: New York
Just purchased this one and has been in use 3 weeks.

Dr Infrared Heater Portable Space Heater, 1500-Watt.

Seems to do the job.

Edited by georgemiller (01/04/18 07:53 AM)

#4623463 - 01/04/18 07:58 AM Re: Electric Oil Type Room Heaters [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
For sure go for the 1500W as they usually have 2 elements, so you can run it at half power to maintain a temp without the thing cycling on and off all the time, or use full to bring temps up faster if needed.
I don't trust leaving the heater on full power either if we leave the house so I like to have the lower wattage setting in case the thermo switch sticks on.
Kind of OT, but if we actually heated the majority of our house with electricity, I'd look into bitcoin mining or indoor gardening as you might as well get something for all those electrons flowing through your house.
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