A Handy Guide To Cabinet Heaters

25th May 2015

During the colder months of our wonderful British climate, you can benefit significantly by using a cabinet heater. This handy guide will show you how and help you choose which heater would be best for you. In this guide we will cover the following:

  • Save money on your fuel bills
  • Are they safe to use?
  • Styles of Cabinet Heater
  • Will I suffer from condensation
  • My heater won’t stay on
  • I can smell gas / can you smell gas?
  • Are they easy to use?


Save money on your fuel bills

With a source of heat you can move from room to room there is no need for a central heating system to be on for long periods of the day. With a mobile heater you will know how much your using in a pay as you go scenario, a 15kg cylinder can last up to 140 hours on the lower setting on most of our cabinet heaters.

Handy Hint: When you get your room to the temperature you require, turn your heater down to one bar of heat, you’ll find it should be more than enough to keep your room warm. It’ll save you money!


Are they safe to use?

Absolutely! Most modern cabinet heaters have more than one safety device, These include; flame failure devices which will turn the flow of gas off if the flame is blown out, oxygen depletion systems which turns the heater off if it is not receiving enough ventilation and anti-tilt switches which cut the flow of gas if the heater is knocked over. Check what devices are fitted before buying.


Styles of cabinet heater

Radiant Cabinet Heaters
Radiant heaters generally create more heat than the other 3 styles of heater, they are usually the least expensive and easiest heaters to maintain. Although a naked flame is visible the majority of radiant heaters will accept a heater guard, so you don’t have to worry about pets hurting themselves by brushing against the fire, guards are available at £29.99.

Blue Flame Cabinet Heaters
Blue flame heaters produce on average the same heat as their radiant counterparts. They are designed with a more modern look as a blue flame can be seen as opposed to a radiant panel. More sleek and stylish designs can be found with blue flame heaters.

Catalytic Cabinet Heaters
For the safety conscious, a catalytic heater has its benefits, but it does have a few negatives too. There is no naked flame so you may feel safer having a catalytic heater around children and animals, however an average catalytic heater produces less heat than radiant or blue flame heaters. They are also usually more expensive than radiant and blue flame heaters.

Live Flame Cabinet Heaters.
Generally top of the range, these heaters are usually fashioned as wood burning stoves with both traditional and modern designs. They have a great look and feel and are ideal for centrepieces in lounges, conservatories or kitchens.


Will i suffer from condensation?

Water vapour is a natural emission produced by a cabinet heater, providing you leave the recommended level of ventilation into and out of a room condensation shouldn’t cause an issue. You can get recommended levels of ventilation in the individual mobile heater instruction manuals.


My heater won't stay on

Most modern cabinet heaters will have an oxygen safety sensor, if the CO₂ build up in your room gets to a level where it could become a danger, your cabinet heater will lift the pilot light from the thermocouple† causing the heater to stop the gas flow. It is likely to be a lack of ventilation in the room the heater is in, try opening a door, or leaving a vent in a window open, More often than not this will cure the problem.


I can smell gas / Can you smell gas?

One of the most common question we get asked about cabinet heaters is “Can you smell gas?” Cabinet heaters produce two emissions, the first being CO₂ (Carbon dioxide) and the second being water vapour. You shouldn’t ever have an overpowering smell of gas, but there are a few things you could check if you ever face that situation. Calor put an artificial scent in their cylinders as the gas has no natural odour, this is so you can detect it if there is a leak. When the cylinder is almost empty, the artificial scent which congregates at the bottom of the cylinder will start to escape through your cabinet heater, so the first thing to check is;

  • How empty is my gas cylinder? The most common cause of an odour coming from your heater is the gas cylinder being almost empty, this is due to the scenting agent gathering at the bottom of the cylinder. You will notice your cabinet heater making a faint puttering noise when your bottle is reaching a low level, especially if you’re running the heater on full power, The only certain way of knowing when your cylinder is empty, is by weight. The weight of the gas content (in Kg) is written on the side of a gas cylinder, and the empty tare weight can be found on a metal disc on the shroud, giving  the weight of the cylinder in pounds and ounces. To convert this to kilograms multiply this number by 0.454. Once you have the empty weight of the cylinder place it on some scales, then you will have the total weight, then take the empty cylinder weight off the total, this will give you how much gas you have left in your cylinder.
  • Some heaters will give off an odour when first used, similar to the smell from a new electric fire and should only last an hour or two.
  • If you are experiencing problems and need further help, contact your local dealer who will be pleased to help.


Are they easy to use?

They couldn’t be easier, if you get stuck see our help guides and videos for connecting gas cylinders and lighting mobile heaters.


† The Thermocouple is a very simple and durable temperature sensor. They are comprised of two different materials joined at one end and separated at the other. The separated ends are considered the output, and they generate voltage which is proportional to the heat they are measuring or monitoring. That is, the hotter the temperature, the higher the voltage. The fact that two metals generate voltage is known as the Seebeck effect. Two common applications of thermocouples are measuring room temperature and monitoring the presence of a pilot light.

Disclaimer : If you are in any doubt at all about the safety of your appliance turn off the appliance, disconnect the bottle safely and remove to a well ventilated area, then contact an approved gas fitter or the Calor gas emergency department on 0845 7 444 999

If you need any additional help or advice with choosing your appliance email info@dixonsgas.co.uk


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