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Portable Kerosene Heater Fumes

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by jeremy_283, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    Are they dangerous if the heater is used in a space with no ventilation? If so, why?
     
  2. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    Carbon monoxide is poisonous. Which kerosene heaters put off. So yes it is dangerous. It can kill you if your in a non ventilated space.
     
  3. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    It also uses oxygen as it burns, so you are gradually decreasing the amount of oxygen in the room, and increasing the amount of carbon monoxide.
     
  4. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    But it said in the owners manual if it put off carbon monoxide then the unit isnt functioning properly? i thought?
     
  5. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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    Ohh, is it a fully enclosed convention unit?
     
  6. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    If your burning kerosene and it's not in a sealed burner or compartment it's putting off gas or (fumes) which are carbon monoxide. Maybe you misread :notsure:
     
  7. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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    Beat me to it. :D
     
  8. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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    I've heard of the fully enclosed ones that use convection to heat the air around them, and they don't actually vent anything to the atmosphere, and the unit somehow oxygenates the flames without using up the oxygen in the room. I'm not sure of the science behind it.
     
  9. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    But if it ever leaks, you're dead.
     
  10. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    But are they burning kerosine? If they are there has to be CO being put off. Am I wrong?
     
  11. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    Here an article about them, I'm too lazy to read all of it :D
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerosene_heater
     
  12. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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  13. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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  14. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    Yeah just open a door periodically to exchange some fresh air. CO binds to the hemoglobin in blood thousands of times more readily than O2 so yes it can eventually render you unconscious and then doa. If you start having headache or lightheadedness or blurred vision, confusion gtfo and get to fresh air. I've used one for years with no problems.
     
  15. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    I wouldn't trust those things. IMO. unless awake and in a ventilated space. NEVER sleeping. This was in the safety section. So they still present a risk. (if unatended or sleeping)


    Because kerosene heaters are usually unvented, all combustion products are released into the indoor air. Among these are low levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.[4] An improperly adjusted, fueled, or poorly maintained kerosene heater will release more pollutants, particularly through incomplete combustion. Use of a kerosene heater in a poorly ventilated home, especially in modern well insulated ones, could pose a health risk. Most manufacturers suggest that a window be left cracked open. Kerosene heaters should not be left unattended, especially while sleeping. A kerosene heater, as any heater that uses organic fuel, when running out of oxygen can produce massive amounts of soot and carbon monoxide.[5] Failure to abide by these precautions could result in asphyxiation or carbon monoxide poisoning.
     
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    Same kind I use. Just crack a bay door a bit or open a window part way. You can fire that thing up and aim it in the direction of your work area from 20-30 feet away and it works great. Loud as hell...
     
  17. Jan 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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    I only use in detached shop. Wouldn't use it in home...hell no.
     
  18. Jan 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    basic science education
     
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    wife has been wanting me to get one in case this coming storm knocks out our power. You guys have verified what my concerns are. I don't think i will get one.
     
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