I first got the idea to use this kind of heating unit a year or so ago when I went into Ken Brown & Sons to buy some plumbing stuff. They’re a plumbing supply shop located here in Mid-City right smack in a residential neighborhood — one of those many weird juxtapositions I love about New Orleans. They were heating the place with a big unvented natural gas unit. I made a mental note.
Last week when the girl was illin’, I went back to Ken Brown’s with her in tow. I hardly recognized the place. It was getting back to its original pre-Katrina configuration. In any event, I purchased a HearthRite 10,000 BTU vent-free natural gas heater. The rep I was dealing with was very helpful. In fact I’d say he took pity on me, possibly because I had a cute baby girl strapped to my chest and seemed utterly clueless. He even went so far as to find me a passable base for the unit, cutting a hole in the metal to make it work, and throwing in some screws and a couple connectors at no extra charge.
Over the weekend I managed to get the base attached to the heater. Yeah, it’s supposed to be wall-mounted but we don’t really have a good place for that. I was going to hook it up but when I read the instructions I got intimidated and decided I’d call my plumber.
Then this morning I discussed it with my coffee klatsch (more about them at some future date) and they gave me the confidence to go ahead and do it myself. So here it is in all its glory.
I need to get a longer connector because current placement is not optimal. But all in all I’m pretty happy with the results. This thing is small but it puts out some serious heat.