Heating a Greenhouse - Knowledgebase Question

Medford, OR
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Question by vrinkle
March 7, 1998
I recently bought a house that included an old 6 foot by 12 foot Burpee glass greenhouse. I have been heating the greenhouse this winter with electric heat. The electric bills are killing me. I understand that natural gas and propane heaters can also be used, but I'm concerned about a buildup of carbon monoxide. Do I have reason to be concerned? What other heating methods are available to me?

Answer from NGA
March 7, 1998
Fortunately, most greenhouse heaters that use propane and natural gas are vented, so harmful gasses don't build up inside the greenhouse. Gardener's Supply Co. (www.gardeners.com; ph# 800/863-1700) has a selection of greehouse accessories, including a good selection of heaters for various situations (they used to carry a style, called the Southern Burner, that didn't require venting!). I didn't find the greenhouse heaters listed on their website, but you can request their Greenhouse Accessories Catalog via the web. Hope you find what you need!

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