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Help me choose a fish house heater for a 6 x 8

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Two options: $140 for a ventless 99% efficient model

$460 for a direct vent empire.

I want to be able to sleep in this house.

Some people have told me the ventless models will bake me out of there. Who has experience with these heaters?

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I don't haven't used either yet, but I would put in a CO detector no matter which you go with.

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If you 're sleeping, direct vent only. I would urge all to read the manual on these ventless heaters, they ALL say for supplemental heat only, they are NOT designed for primary heating, especially on a sleeping room.

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Empire all the way!

We have had many makes and models in our rentals but the they all have Empires now. Great units that are tough as nails and never lets us down. Remember we move our skid houses every three days, thats alot of shaking and beatings handed out to furnace.

Another thing with ventless we found is the house never dries out. Why this is we are not sure but the vented just heats more evenely and are much safer.

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My son has a ventless ceramic heater and I can only be in it a short time before I get a sore throat, my eyes burn, and I need to leave. He has a O2 sensor built into the furnace and says it does'nt bother him. Go direct vent for sure, I have a direct vent forced air furnace and like it alot. Just make sure you stuff some steelwool in the exhaust port to keep critters out during the off-season. Don't ask how I know what burning mice smell like.

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what ever you can afford.just make sure its a vented heater and you have enough btu's.more btu's are better than not enough.

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I am a big fan of the dyanglo heaters. Great heater, ventless. I have one in my permanent, I have slept in there numerous time and never had the CO detector go off. A resort on Leach Lake also uses them.

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i have a 6 1/2 x 8 and installed a StrikeMaster Handi-Heater i think it is 20,000 BTU and that cooks me out of there....Better best out there well "I" think anyway but they dont seem to make them anymore but like said above Vented is the only way to go!

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Would you sleep in your home if the furnace was just vented into the basement and not to the outside? Why treat the fish house any different.

Your life is worth a whole lot more than a few hundred bucks.

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Empire all the way!

Another thing with ventless we found is the house never dries out. Why this is we are not sure but the vented just heats more evenely and are much safer.

Propane has a lot of moisture in it, if it is not being vented to the outside it collects on the ceiling and walls.

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Vented for sure,I have ventless, the windows and walls never dry out. Great heater but very humid, even with fans.

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empire are great heaters no doubt but they are very spendy.say $800 for a 30k btu? i just went to l & m and got a 20k btu for half the price.if i had the extra $800 when i buit my perm i would have bought an empire for sure.

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Hands down...Empire!! Have one in my 6.5 X16', Wouldn't consider anything else. Phred52

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I have an Empire 15,000 direct vent im my 6 1/2x12 wheel house and it is great. It has a remote thermostat so I have lots of settings. I would also recommend a vented heater if you will be sleeping on the ice.

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just pulled my non vented heater out and put a vented, House Warmer made by Empire Comfort Systems, found at Menards. 18,000 BTU and it only cost me only $300 and comes with the vent.

I've only used it twice this year but like it much better and the heat seems more even from top to bottom.

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One more vote for empire direct vent. I would not even think of a non vented if you intend to sleep plus the humidity created by the non vented unit will not allow the floor to dry out. I can have snow all over the floor making it wet and in a couple hours it will be dry with my empire direct vent 15000 btu (6.5 x12 house) You just set the thermostat to whatever temp you want and forget about it and fish.

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