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Should you get a kerosene or propane portable heater?

Posted on: October 28th, 2020 by mitm_admin | 54 Comments

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Kerosene or Propane Portable Heater

In our post-industrial world, we take a lot for granted.

Flip a switch and, voila, you have light. Twist a dial and your oven begins to heat. Turn a key and your car starts. Punch a button and your clothes are cleaned.

But when the power goes out at home, we’re all left in the dark. When we go camping, it’s man/woman vs. nature. Or when we’re doing an outside project, we must face the elements.

A portable heater may not be top of your mind, but perhaps it should be. Unless you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, a heater is always a good investment. To prepare ahead for a loss of power, you should also consider one of our portable generators.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors or enjoy tinkering in your garage, propane and kerosene heaters from Mi-T-M will help keep you warm. Our heaters come in all different shapes and sizes and we offer dozens of portable heating options. Remember though, all units do require ventilation while in use.


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As you begin shopping, here are 4 questions to keep in mind:

  1. Where and when will you use the heater? We recommend different models for different uses. If you’re on a job site, for example, our kerosene indirect duct-able series is an excellent choice. In a ventilated garage, you might prefer a kerosene forced air model. For dinner parties on the deck, try one of our outdoor patio heaters.
  2. Do you prefer a kerosene or propane model? Kerosene is combustible, burns strongly, and offers a strong amount of heat. By contrast, propane is cleaner burning and can easily be found at most gas stations and grocery stores. It’s also much cheaper than kerosene.
  3. How long will you need to run the heater? A propane model running off a 20-pound propane cylinder set at low will last for 65 hours and set at high will last for 24 hours. However, if you just need some warmth while you’re tooling around in your garage, you might prefer a kerosene forced air model.
  4. Will you need to carry the heater long distances? If so, you will need to consider the weight & wheel kit of each model. If you’ll be using a heater at a job location, be sure it will be accessible.

Heaters can be used in a variety of situations and locations: for emergency power outages, to heat outdoor events, to keep warm while shoveling snow, in ventilated garages and work areas, on construction sites, and the list goes on and on. Wherever you need warmth, a portable heater is the solution.


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At Mi-T-M, we’re happy to answer all your questions about portable heater questions. We want to ensure you find just the right heater for your lifestyle.

What’s the easiest to use? Which is more convenient to carry? What’s the price difference? Let’s compare the two types and find out what’s best for you.

 Kerosene Portable Heater

portable kerosene heater

You get more heat for your buck with Mi-T-M kerosene forced air heater, which is a more powerful fuel source. The heat from kerosene heater—measured in British thermal units (BTU’s)—starting about 75,000 BTU’s per gallon. Mi-T-M Propane heaters offer BTU’s starting at 18,000 BTU’s per gallon. Therefore, kerosene will keep you warmer under the stars.

Mi-T-M Heaters come in all different shapes and sizes and usually have only one or two settings, so you’ll need to determine the right size to keep you warm. Mi-T-M offers dozens of portable heating options.

The cost for each type of fuel is something else you’ll want to ponder. Let’s compare apples to apples by looking at just one state. According to the New York State Energy and Development Authority, in that state, kerosene averages about $4.20/gallon, while propane will run you around $3.10/gallon.

Kerosene is combustible, burns strongly and offers a strong amount of heat. Yet propane is by far the cleaner-burning of the two fuels and it’s usually much easier to find and buy.

Next you’ll want to consider how long each type of heater will keep you warm. A propane model running off a 20-pound propane cylinder set at low will last for 65 hours and set at high will last for 24 hours.

portable propane heater

Propane Forced Air Portable Heater

Finally, think about how much weight you’re willing to schlep around. As you weigh the different features of kerosene vs. propane heaters, don’t forget to actually weigh the models themselves. Many units feature wheel kits for ease of transportation, consider how far you will need to transport your heater to and from job sites and work areas.

Contact Mi-T-M with all your portable heater questions. We’ll make sure you find just the right heater. Why? We want to make sure you’re a happy camper!