Heating an unfinished basement

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Old 01-26-04, 07:51 PM
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Heating an unfinished basement

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I am hoping to prevent the water pipes from freezing in an unfinished basememt where the outside temp gets to -20. The water has been turned off and drained for the winter but I would like to be able to leave it on and had considered Heat tape (too many stories about fires) and a circulator. The piping layout does not favor a circulator. It was suggested that I install a vent-free propane heater but, am still not sure vent-free is safe. Has anyone had experience with these heaters? Or has anyone come up with the best way to keep the basement warm enough to prevent frozen pipes?
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Old 01-27-04, 09:09 AM
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Is this an empty house or do you live in it? What type of heating does the main house utilize now?
 
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Old 01-27-04, 09:46 AM
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If you check it out the vent free heaters are outlawed in many states. Is there a furnace in the home that you can keep on?
I have used electric heat wire and electric tapes and it worked ED
 
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Old 01-27-04, 11:41 AM
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To follow up...It is a single story home on a 30x30 foundation. The only heat is a Propane fired 'Wood Stove' upstairs. In the basement is an electric hot water heater. I was looking into heat tape because I have read the newer ones were safe but, that can become as expensive as a new heater. I do know of someone who used a vent free stove in his home and the CO2 detector kept going off, so he got rid of it. Maybe a 'B' vent heater would be safer.

Thanks for your help,
steve
 
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Old 01-28-04, 08:26 AM
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You can look around they have whats called a Direct Vent heater. this can just vent out a wall . It pulls in its own air to burn and vent. ED
 
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