Alternate heat source

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  1. Jun 28, 2017 #1

    bullsie

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    I've probably figured this out already, but sometimes input can help clear it up better.

    I am putting in back-up heating with ventless gas units on the walls through the house. Power outages through winter are deeming this a necessity. I grow my orchids in one room on carts. I'm thinking I'm going to have a problem with fumes and plants.

    Anyone have any thoughts or experience with orchids and ventless gas heaters? Appreciate very much any suggestions and experiences.
     
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    Bob in Albany N.Y.

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    I have a vented gas back up in my greenhouse BUT I do have a thought, and it's just that a thought. I believe that you MAY get some bud and flower blast but it will not hurt your plants. Can anyone confirm my thoughts?
     
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    I had to heat an unvented structure with propane catalytic heaters for a few days and I saw no particularly ill effects. Nothing that couldn't be attributed to cold more than anything else.
     
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    If it's a new heater, or you have had it cleaned and serviced regularly, it's likely no problem for short-term backup, but I highly recommend against unvented heaters for regular use.

    I had a "three season" room to which I added an unvented heater, as I wanted plants there year-round.

    I had no issues that first year, but at the end of the second year, I realized things were going downhill, and EVERY surface - floors, walls, ceiling - were covered in barely perceptible soot.
     
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    Thanks so very much for all's info. Yes, would be used as a back up. I can understand - and not put out - by bud/flower blast. Just don't want loss of plants.

    On the flip side. Have lost warm growers and bulk of Phrags one winter due to heating problems and a room that was probably down in the 40's F. for several days till I picked up on it. While I am going with more temperature tolerant plants, just don't want another repeat of 40's F. (And this episode made it clear, during a bad outage, it gets cold in there!)

    Appreciate greatly everyone's thoughts and experiences!
     

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