Mr. Heater has proven to be one of the best brands out there when it comes to propane heaters and their 30,000 BTU blue flame model is no exception to this rule. It is the second Mr. Heater entry on our top 5 list and there is a good reason for that. The first model we reviewed is used in larger areas and more open spaces, whereas this is more of an indoor model perfect for large garages, living rooms, workshops, or sheds.
It is one of the more portable models we’ve seen and there are a lot of advantages coming with it, which will all make you want to buy it. Without further ado, let’s get straight into these features!
Features That Make It Stand Out
One of the best features of this heater is its price-to-value ratio. For such a small heater it sure emits a lot of heat and is powerful enough to warm up almost any room you put it in. The range of those 20,000 BTUs it packs is enough for up to 750 square feet. This is garage/workshop territory we are talking about here.
As a whole, it is the ideal supplemental heating solution for even the coldest winter days. The overall portability of this particular model makes it a more preferred choice over other heaters in this BTU class.
Before you begin the installation of this heater, make sure that you thoroughly read the guide and understand the important steps there. There, you will find warnings that will help you prevent accidents or mistakes during the installation itself. It also contains tips for troubleshooting, although Mr. Heater’s support staff is responsive enough and good with customers.
This particular model is ventless meaning you won’t have to add any additional ventilation to take the potential fumes outside.
Still, if you want to learn more about garage ventilation, check out our dedicated article on the topic where we’ve discussed both types of garage ventilation in greater detail.
The low pressure regulator and hose that you will need don’t come with your package which is a downside and means that you need to prepare for a few extra costs on top of your unit. If you have any trouble assembling the heater, we recommend consulting a professional or letting them install it for you altogether.
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When it comes to warming up, Mr. Heater is one of the brands that you can trust to do the job properly. Even though this heater won’t do the job for any outside work, it will more than compensate for that as soon as you put it in a closed room, garage, or workshop. The 30,000 BTUs here are ideal for anything up to around 800 square feet putting it on the shortlist of people looking for a heater for their garage. The best part is that, due to its portability, you will be able to use it in other rooms of the house if the situation demands it. After all, it weighs 33 pounds which in the world of propane heaters is considered lightweight.
Consumption & Operation
Depending on the heating settings you choose, when paired with a 20 lbs propane tank, this heater can last you a good 30 hours. There is a thermostat that automatically controls the temperature you choose.
The blue burning flame provides equal convection heating to the whole room this heater is in. Unlike forced air heaters, that generate big amounts of heat at a single place, this heater is great at heating up bigger areas. It will happen at a slower pace but you won’t have to rotate it to face a different part of the garage all the time, as you would have to do with a forced air heater.
There is a multi-output valve installed in this heater which is the part responsible for the detailed temperature control you can apply to it. This is a great feature as many other heaters in this price range don’t have temperature control at all.
The price of this model is a good selling point as it isn’t as expensive as other heaters with similar BTU output. The thing is, that there are other heaters which have variable output and are better for closed rooms due to their efficiency. Models like Comfort Glow GCH480 have all that and are also cheaper.
Let’s summarize the pros and cons of this 30,000 BTU heater now.
- Ventless Design
- Excellent price-to-value ratio
- Durable construction
- Very portable
- Great heating properties for garages
- Good efficiency
- Some assembly parts don’t come with your purchase
- Isn’t strong enough for bigger warehouses
Curious as to what it takes to warm up a garage during the winter months? Click here to visit our dedicated article on the topic where you will find the perfect solutions for warming up your garage and insulating it so that it stays warm despite the cold outside.
Conclusion And Rating
When it comes to small and powerful propane heaters there is little competition to this Mr.Heater 30,000 BTU model. It is relatively lightweight, very sturdy, has good temperature controls, and is able to heat up to 800 square feet. All this comes in a very compact body which is easily carried from room to room in case you need to warm up more than one part of your house. Once it is connected to a standard 20 lbs propane tank, it can last you more than 30 hours, making it a very economical choice. The price is relatively nice compared to what you are getting but there are more powerful and cheaper forced air heater alternatives. As a whole, we gave this model a solid four and a half out of five stars rating.