[phpzonsidebar title=”Top Diesel Heaters” keywords=”diesel heater” num=”5″ country=”US” searchindex=”Tools” trackingid=”heatergeek-20″ sort=”none” id=”3″]When the cold begins to set in and the need for heat becomes apparent, diesel heaters are a heating method to consider. Ideally, diesel heaters are mostly intended for use in industrial and commercial applications, but they are often found at construction sites and in large multi-use tents, and there a few that are designed for home use as well. Diesel heating systems come with direct and indirect firing systems along with potential multi-fuel capabilities.
When purchasing a diesel heating system, buyers should be aware that these systems require more maintenance than other heating systems. As with most heating systems, diesel heaters come in a variety of sub-types, each with their own purpose and recommendations. These units also come with a wide range of attachments and option that can be purchased at additional costs for expanding the functionality of the unit. Listed below are three of the most versatile heating systems available.
Average Cost: $3,200.00
Output: 300,000 BTUs
Area Coverage: 3,000 square feet
Description: The Heatstar is an indirect heating system with a stainless steel construction and heavy duty wheels for ease of mobility. Automatic safety controls and a water resistant flame control box make this model perfect for remote or outdoor applications. The upside of the Heatstar is the large capacity tanks that require less frequent filling; average heat time runs 10-12 hours as opposed to a traditional 5 hour refill. The downside to this heating unit is the lack of temperature control; there is only a single on/off setting and lacks an automatic shut-off feature.
Average Cost: $950.00 (too much? Check out it’s smaller sibling the ITR Expedition Average Cost: $575)
Output: 20,000-55,000 BTUs
Area Coverage: 2,000 square feet
Description: The ITR Prospect or it’s cheaper cousin the Expedition is a radiant heater with steel construction. This heating system offers adjustable temperature settings along with emergency and automatic shut-off safety features in case of unit knock-over or tipping. The upside to this unit is its lightweight construction; weighing in at only 58 pounds. This unit is completely electricity free making it ideal for situations where the power is inaccessible or out. The downside is the half gallon per hour fuel usage that requires frequent refilling. The tank holds enough fuel for 4-5 hours depending on the temperature output.
Average Cost: $450.00
Output: 100,000 BTUs
Area Coverage: 2,400 square feet
Description: The Master Pro-Tough is a direct forced air heating system that hosts a multi-fuel platform: fuels included are kerosene, #1 & #2 diesel, fuel oil, JP-8, and Jet A fuel. The heating unit is a wheelbarrow design for easy movement. The construction is lightweight. The upside is that this unit can be used in a home as well as in commercial or industrial situations. The Pro-Tough is one of the quietest units available lacking the low level jet hum that most units have. The ability for multiple fuel types is an added bonus. The downside is a small tank which requires more frequent filling for certain fuel types.
If you need a diesel heater, these are three units worth considering. There are many other options out there, though, so you can definitely find one to meet your needs.