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#1 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:21 AM

One thing I'll miss when I move is my cozy steam heat radiators. The new place currently has two ugly-ass baseboard electric heaters: one in the living room and one in the bedroom. They truly are as ugly as evil itself, and I plan to have the guys who will be refinishing the floors rip them out. The current occupants say they are not very effective, anyway.

My current thinking is to heat the place using the fireplace and space heaters. (I know space heaters are not very attractive, either, but there has never been a space heater made which is as ugly as these baseboard units.)

So the question is, can anyone recommend a space heater? Or even a kind of space heater? I once had one of those oil-filled radiator types, but it didn't generate much heat. I also had one of those electric-coil-with-a-fan ones, but it stopped working after a couple of weeks.

It rarely freezes in San Francisco, but it often comes close in January and February. Help me stay toasty!


(Yes, I do realize what day and time it is, but I wanted to post this while I was thinking of it. I'll pop it up again at a time when there's a chance people will actually see it.)

Thanks in advance,

Squeat
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:40 AM

QUOTE(Squeat Mungry @ Nov 21 2007, 10:21 PM) View Post
One thing I'll miss when I move is my cozy steam heat radiators. The new place currently has two ugly-ass baseboard electric heaters: one in the living room and one in the bedroom. They truly are as ugly as evil itself, and I plan to have the guys who will be refinishing the floors rip them out. The current occupants say they are not very effective, anyway.

My current thinking is to heat the place using the fireplace and space heaters. (I know space heaters are not very attractive, either, but there has never been a space heater made which is as ugly as these baseboard units.)

So the question is, can anyone recommend a space heater? Or even a kind of space heater? I once had one of those oil-filled radiator types, but it didn't generate much heat. I also had one of those electric-coil-with-a-fan ones, but it stopped working after a couple of weeks.

It rarely freezes in San Francisco, but it often comes close in January and February. Help me stay toasty!


(Yes, I do realize what day and time it is, but I wanted to post this while I was thinking of it. I'll pop it up again at a time when there's a chance people will actually see it.)

Thanks in advance,

Squeat


Get yourself a couple of Vornados. Each one, approx $80, can roast a turkey in any room with a door without noise and taking up very little space. Nothing like it.


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:44 AM

QUOTE(Squeat Mungry @ Nov 21 2007, 10:21 PM) View Post
One thing I'll miss when I move is my cozy steam heat radiators. The new place currently has two ugly-ass baseboard electric heaters: one in the living room and one in the bedroom. They truly are as ugly as evil itself, and I plan to have the guys who will be refinishing the floors rip them out. The current occupants say they are not very effective, anyway.

My current thinking is to heat the place using the fireplace and space heaters. (I know space heaters are not very attractive, either, but there has never been a space heater made which is as ugly as these baseboard units.)

So the question is, can anyone recommend a space heater? Or even a kind of space heater? I once had one of those oil-filled radiator types, but it didn't generate much heat. I also had one of those electric-coil-with-a-fan ones, but it stopped working after a couple of weeks.

It rarely freezes in San Francisco, but it often comes close in January and February. Help me stay toasty!


(Yes, I do realize what day and time it is, but I wanted to post this while I was thinking of it. I'll pop it up again at a time when there's a chance people will actually see it.)

Thanks in advance,

Squeat

I had one of these and it worked great for cooling in NYC summer and taking the chill off the room in winter. Delonghi makes one as well but it's much more expensive.
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#4 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:49 AM

QUOTE(Rose @ Nov 21 2007, 07:40 PM) View Post
Get yourself a couple of Vornados. Each one, approx $80, can roast a turkey in any room with a door without noise and taking up very little space. Nothing like it.

Wow, thanks, Rose! They're not even ugly! Kind of cool-looking, in fact. I'm checking them out right now...
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:54 AM

QUOTE(splinky @ Nov 21 2007, 07:44 PM) View Post
I had one of these and it worked great for cooling in NYC summer and taking the chill off the room in winter. Delonghi makes one as well but it's much more expensive.
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Another great option... thanks, splinky! Guess I posted at a good time after all!
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:24 AM

QUOTE(Squeat Mungry @ Nov 21 2007, 10:49 PM) View Post
QUOTE(Rose @ Nov 21 2007, 07:40 PM) View Post
Get yourself a couple of Vornados. Each one, approx $80, can roast a turkey in any room with a door without noise and taking up very little space. Nothing like it.

Wow, thanks, Rose! They're not even ugly! Kind of cool-looking, in fact. I'm checking them out right now...

Listen to Rose. I'm always cold and have these to supplement the heat. They are miracles.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:45 AM

We've had one of those Vornados forever, going back 25 yrs to when the boiler went out in our NYC apt bldg. I"ll add to the chorus.

I'm surprised by your comment on the oil-filled plug-in radiators, though, I've found that they also work very well. Maybe you got a lemon. Depending on your space, having a fan (Vornado) blowing constantly can get annoying & the "passive" heat of a radiator is a nice alternative. We used a couple of those to warm our bedroom for several nights when our furnace blew in the dead of winter & the oil company was backed up with repairs & couldn't get to us for 4 days. OK it took 2 of them but they did the job.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:32 AM

I had one of those radiator things in my old apartment and it was great.
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#9 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:09 AM

You guys rock!

Thanks so much. Now the plan is: Vornado(s) in the living room, and an oil-filled radiator for the bedroom.

That should work out quite well, I think.

DeLonghi for the radiator? Or is there a better make/model?
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 02:27 PM

http://www.pelonis.com/discfurn.htm

I use a Pelonis HC451. It can run with or without a fan and draws very little power. I heated a 12x15 uninsulated area from 30 to 70 in about 10 mins the other night..smoked my cigar in a t shirt..smile.gif

It looks pretty similar spec wise to the Vornado.

2 things you want to look at..make sure it is the "right size" for the area you want to heat or the thing will just not work. Make sure it has "tip over" protection. The space heaters of old didn't and were a fire hazard. The new versions like Pelonis and Vornado will instantly shut off off they fall over..very important

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE(Squeat Mungry @ Nov 22 2007, 02:09 AM) View Post
DeLonghi for the radiator? Or is there a better make/model?

We got Pattons cuz that's what our local hardware had in stock when we needed them. They were fine.

I still have a Patton floor fan (like a Vornados w/o the heat) that I bought 35 years ago. Those babies are workhorses. I was happy to see their name on those radiator gizmos.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:43 PM

So, how loud is the Vornado?

I'm sitting here huddled by my Black and Decker space heater and thinking there must be a better way.
Thursday: This morning, I say to my wife and my girls, the waffles we face are real. They will not go away. Cornmeal waffles, buckwheat waffles, pumpkin waffles, chicken'n'waffles. The waffles we face are serious and manifold.

I have been remembering this man with some real vigor over the past couple of days. He was a miserable stinker, although now that he has gone on to his reward I can't say what I really thought of him. But if I'm any judge of these things, I'll bet he's hotter than Squeat Mungry. DebVanD

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:27 PM

QUOTE(GalPalJoan @ Nov 22 2007, 12:43 PM) View Post
So, how loud is the Vornado?

I'm sitting here huddled by my Black and Decker space heater and thinking there must be a better way.

They're fairly quiet.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 11:53 PM

QUOTE(Rose @ Nov 21 2007, 07:40 PM) View Post
Get yourself a couple of Vornados. Each one, approx $80, can roast a turkey in any room with a door without noise and taking up very little space. Nothing like it.

Rose, thanks so much. I got one for the new bedroom and I love it! Heats up the whole room in no time, and it even has a remote control! smile.gif

I'm going to get another one for the living room, as soon as I figure out a drape or other solution for the doorway between the living room and hallway... no use trying to heat up the hallway and stairwell along with the room.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 03:46 AM

QUOTE(Squeat Mungry @ Dec 21 2007, 03:53 PM) View Post
QUOTE(Rose @ Nov 21 2007, 07:40 PM) View Post
Get yourself a couple of Vornados. Each one, approx $80, can roast a turkey in any room with a door without noise and taking up very little space. Nothing like it.

Rose, thanks so much. I got one for the new bedroom and I love it! Heats up the whole room in no time, and it even has a remote control! smile.gif

I'm going to get another one for the living room, as soon as I figure out a drape or other solution for the doorway between the living room and hallway... no use trying to heat up the hallway and stairwell along with the room.


Maybe I got a lemon. I've had mine for a few weeks now. It's quiet, but even on high it's not even able to heat up my kitchen. I'm surprised and disappointed. I was hoping it would do a better job of taking the chill off. On a happier note, I figured out what was wrong with my pellet stove (clogged air vent) and it's blowing out heat like never before--it's just so unbelievably noisy.
Thursday: This morning, I say to my wife and my girls, the waffles we face are real. They will not go away. Cornmeal waffles, buckwheat waffles, pumpkin waffles, chicken'n'waffles. The waffles we face are serious and manifold.

I have been remembering this man with some real vigor over the past couple of days. He was a miserable stinker, although now that he has gone on to his reward I can't say what I really thought of him. But if I'm any judge of these things, I'll bet he's hotter than Squeat Mungry. DebVanD

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