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  • Vortex is back go little heater go!

    Well chill is back and with no mercy.... Garage door closed and heat on around and in GH and still brought the inside temp down to 65F with heat on 3/4 high with lights off. Think I may leave lights on 24/7 until sever cold passes... Is moment of truth for little heater because no I go to job and no can babysit. Got humid full blast too. With lights off GH was at 100% humidity and 70F
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  • #2
    That is just insanity. Keep that vortex up there, Mike! I'm perfectly happy with my mild winter.

    That being said...YUCK!
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    • #3
      Nose hair feel like small needles is pretty brutal
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      • DBJohnson
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        Indeed! Stay safe!

    • #4
      It might be time to insulate the greenhouse. Foam panels or even bubble wrap will make a difference.
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      • #5
        I may just have do that...
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        • #6
          Cut your electric bill down a bit. Mine has 1" of insulation on it, the new garage greenhouse will have 4"
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          • #7
            It was 37 here this morning brrrr and a low of 32 tonight forecast. I probably won't get that low as the lakes give me a few degree buffer.
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            • COGardener
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              Is that unusual for your area Wills? Maybe I want to go further south if we move to FL.

          • #8
            We knew it was Coming. Was too warm too
            Long...
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            • #9
              I'm on my second Vornado vortex heater, returned the first and am disappointed in the second. It will stop working at random when it's most needed. We have mild winters here and all that is needed is to keep the greenhouse in the 40s when the temps dip to the lower 30s. Twice I've gone out to find it off for no reason and it refuses to turn on. If I bring it inside, plug it into a regular socket, it will work again. I can take it back outside, plug it in, and it works well - for days at a time. Luckily it's only quit on lower 40s nights, so there's no damage so far. When it works, it works okay for my plumeria and epiphyllum to keep them from freezing. I don't think it likes the extension cord, even though it's a top quality one. I'm trying keeping it unplugged unless it's being used, as the directions suggested, and hope that works.
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              • #10
                How long is the extension cord and what gage is the wire inside the cord? It sounds like the gage may be insufficient for the length of the cord and the demand an electric heater places on it.
                Last edited by COGardener; 01-18-2016, 09:32 AM.
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                • #11
                  I also required my outlets in garage a stage up so I wasn't tripping fuses also
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                  • #12
                    That's some real winter weather you got going there Mike. I like DB's forecast much better, I could take winters like that with no complaints..ever.

                    I've been doing a bunch of electrical updating/rewiring of our new house(I'm no electrician but learning a ton about it out of necessity, thank god for the internet!) and when I hear someone talking about running a space heater almost non-stop..it makes me wonder what the status is in any of the J-boxes inline, and I hope your on 12 gauge wire/20 amp circuit.
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                    • #13
                      And heat in my work truck go out tis morning... I have got all the luck ! Seems my dark cloud is still around from last year just give you idea how cold is in here tis was warm bottle from 6am on floor of my semi.....
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                      • fitzski
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                        Wow, frozen in only a few hours.

                        Try and stay warm, Mike.

                    • #14
                      Is days like tis I have great pride in how I love and grown and care my trees....I must be crazy to grow as many trees as I have in ground in climate like tis and the special care it takes.
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                      • #15
                        Originally posted by COGardener View Post
                        How long is the extension cord and what gage is the wire inside the cord? It sounds like the gage may be insufficient for the length of the cord and the demand an electric heater places on it.
                        I think the cord is fifty feet. I bought the most expensive gage cord available in the store. Our winter temps so far have only gone down to the lower thirties for a few nights, so the heater doesn't have to work too hard to raise the temps to around forty degrees.
                        Mara, Southern California,
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                        • #16
                          Sometimes they trick you. The cord will say on it what gage it is, if it is 16 or 14 gage then it is to small. There is to much loss over the length to run the heater, a 12 or 10 gage would be ideal. A 15 AMP breaker will run the heater as long as nothing else is on the circuit. A 20 AMP is better, yet most houses do not have 20 AMP breakers.

                          PLEASE DO NOT REPLACE A 15 AMP WITH A 20 AMP!!!

                          The breaker is designed to protect the wire in the wall from overheating and causing a fire. A 15 AMP breaker is used to protect 14 gauge wire, a 20 AMP in it's place would allow that wire potentially cause a fire and never trip. A 20 AMP circuit requires 12 gage wire to the receptacle.
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                          • #17
                            Agree. We pull new heavy duty wire in place of old wire to box with double breaker
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                            • #18
                              Thanks for your suggestions. I went over the tag on the electrical cord with a magnifying glass and nowhere does it say anything about a gage number. I threw away the packaging with that info on it.
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                              • #19
                                It should be stamp in the rubber coat of cord. Look close on cord
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                                • #20
                                  What Fabio said.
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                                  • #21
                                    Oh, and it won't say gage. It will usually say AWG.

                                    Like 14AWG
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