07:49PM | 10/18/07
Member Since: 10/17/07
7 lifetime posts
I need gas heat in my basement I need it to be on a thermostat but will keep the heat slightly below room temperature until I go down to be there a while. I also need the heat to work when we have no power. That puts me with a set of gas logs or some type of heater with a fan that will also heat without the fan running. Most "experts" say that I don't want to use unvented heat on a thermostat to heat with. I am also told that gas logs will not hold up on a thermostat, which comes on, on its own. I'm told that vented heat is safer but not as efficient as unvented. I mainly want a safe situation that is reliable, especially when the power is off.

Thanks for your comments


08:23PM | 10/18/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
There is no such thing as "unvented" or "ventless" heaters.

They all vent. Either externally or they vent into the room.

And they vent lots of moisture and CO2. And other byproducts including some CO.

Read the requirements that come with them including things like keeping a window open.


12:25PM | 10/19/07
Member Since: 10/17/07
7 lifetime posts
Well, Bill I see that you are a "moderator" for this forum. With that in mind I would have thought a

"Moderator" could have supplied me with a much better answer than "go read the manual". Believe it or not its not just DoofWads that can't turn a screw driver that seek advice on the interntet. Thank you for pointing out to me that if the heater doesn't vent to the outside then you get all your poison on the inside. I have had three so called experts give me three differents answers on this subject. Yours is number 4 and the most unimpressive. Thank you so much for your great reply.


07:01PM | 11/12/07
Member Since: 10/17/07
7 lifetime posts
Many heaters that are vented, that is to the outside of the house, (hope that is clear enough for most)will work when the power is out. They just don't work as quick or as efficient.

What I am told is that heaters that vent to the outside of the house are not very good sources of heat to begin with as most send alot of heat right out the vent pipe, unlike "ventless" heat which sends all the heat and everything else right into the room. I don't know the answer, that is why I asked the question to begin with. This seems to have gotten into a debate, which is what everyone wants to do, rather than come up with an answer. Mabye I should just have phrased the question, " Whick is more efficient "ventless" or "vented", I'm sure I would have gotten the same reply from some.


05:05AM | 12/06/07
Member Since: 10/17/07
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thanks for the reply


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