Last on our list but surely not least is this cabinet heater from Comfort Glow. The GCH480 packs some very unique features at a price lower than almost all the heaters we have reviewed so far. One of its best features and something that really sets it apart is that it can work at three different BTU outputs. It also has safety features built-in which are rare for this price point making it a very desired heater by people on a budget as it packs everything the more expensive heaters, such as the Mr. Heater 30K BTU LP Vent Free Blue Flame Heater have but at a bargain price!
Here, we will review all of its features and check out which are the most notable advantages and disadvantages that come with this mode. Let’s get started!
Features That Make It Stand Out
The best feature of this heater that we absolutely have to point out from the get-go is the mobility. It might not be the smallest unit out there but the wheels at the bottom of the heater allow it to move easily from room to room, which ultimately is its goal – to heat any roomy you place it in.
There are three heating options on this propane heater for three levels of heating:
- 6,000 BTUs
- 12,000 BTUs
- 18,000 BTUs
You can toggle between these three with the press of a single button and each of those options ignites one of the three plates at the front. This is practically the heater that covers the lowest BTU range in our top 5 list making it ideal for families looking for a practical model for their home and garage.
This heater pairs to a 20 lbs natural gas tank in order to work. The tank’s place is inside the heater body behind the heating elements and can easily be taken out and put back in during refill times.
The hose and regulator are included in the box set unlike they are in some other models. If you are not comfortable with installing this unit on your own, you should contact a licensed technician to do the job. Still, the job requires nothing else but connecting the gas tank to the heater. Once installed you can move it anywhere you want thanks to its wheels.
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As we already mentioned, there are three heating options, at 6,000 BTUs, 12,000 BTUs, and 18,000 BTUs. At the highest setting, this heater will be able to warm up more than 600 square feet making it ideal for normally sized garages and living rooms.
There are three ceramic plates at the front that emit the propane gas through tiny holes when you turn them one. Each of the place is equivalent to 6,000 BTUs. All this adjustability make this heater very economical when you decide to use it as a supplemental heating body on its lowest setting.
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Consumption & Operation
In terms of noise, this heater is very quiet as it uses a modern gas dispersion technology which distributes the natural gas throughout the three plates when in its highest setting.
When it comes to consumption, this heater has three levels of heating and therefore three consumption levels. At its lowest level it can last a few days, while at the highest it lasts around 30 hours making it ideal for situations where electricity isn’t really a heating option.
There is a wind shield support in place here which is a rare thing for propane heaters but this model has it which makes it that more impressive when it comes to attention to detail.
There is an oxygen depletion sensor system in place here which cuts off the gas to the burning unit once it senses that the oxygen levels fall too low inside the room.
The front grill is installed in order to protect the three front burning ceramic plates. This helps with fire-prevention and with people burning themselves at the heater.
Now, let’s conclude the advantages and disadvantages of this model:
- Very portable
- Fits a 20 lbs natural gas tank
- Great value for money
- Has three heating options
- Has a lot of safety features
- Can be heavy if you try to lift it with a tank inside.
- Isn’t good for rooms larger than 700 square feet
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Conclusion And Rating
If you are looking for a portable propane heater that has variable heat output settings and is very economical, then this Comfort Glow GCH480 heater is just the right model for you. It can easily go from room to room and can hold a 20 lbs propane tank into its body without that restricting its mobility thanks to its four wheels attached to the body. It also features three heating settings which allow you to control how fast exactly you want it to heat up your garage or living room. In the lowest 6,000 BTU setting it can last more than 60 hours making it ideal for places where there is little to no electricity. In its highest setting it can easily heat up 600 square feet rooms which makes it a preferred product for people looking for a garage heater or something to heat up their workshop. As a whole, we rated it with four and a half out of five stars rating.