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Dimplex Sunhouse T60W Tubular Heater

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Brand: Dimplex / Type: Portable Heater

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      07.12.2013 15:23
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      Small things do come in small tube like packages... hot stuff

      I have a couple of sheds, or outbuildings as posh people might call them, around my garden, both now with an electrical supply and some form of heating so that they can be used in the winter without fear walking in and feeling like a pensioner during the winter months, (god bless the power companies for their method of helping the aged...{now that's sarcasm}. Over the time I have tried several different types of heating systems in the sheds, everything apart from actually plumbing in a radiator from the house in fact. I have tried fan heaters, oscillating heaters, converter heaters and any other heaters that may be on the market these days. But the one big thing about these heaters is that they cost a lot of money and make me poorer whilst making share holders richer, which I don't care for really. Plus, with some heaters, there was always a small fire risk if something fell over or something fell on top of. So, this led me onto a bit of a mission to find a way of heating the sheds whilst annoying the share holders and also keeping the fire brigade from my house. And that is how I came across a form of heating called a Tube Heater, which is not something that you take on the London underground with you to keep your feet warm on a cold day. It is ini fact exactly what it says it is. It is a heater that is shaped like a tube, hence the name Tube Heater. This particular tube heater that I have been using on one of my sheds is on fact one from a company called SunHouse, who, to be honest, I had never heard of before, I just came across this product on amazon and thought that they just might work. Plus the price is right... (remember that show??? Bad wasn't it?... "Come on down..."...anyway). * What do these tube heaters look like..? They are tubes.... And they heat up. There you go. That's what they look like. Next question. No seriously, they are shaped in a tubular fashion, which makes them more usable in my eyes as you can put them in all sorts of places, places that other heaters can't reach... I sound like a Domestos advert... The tube itself is a white plastic metallic material with the looping brackets being a dull grey colour. The end sections are also the same grey colouring, which sounds horrid but actually, once they're up, they don't look to bad. It comes with a 1500mm (or 1.5m) length of cable with a fitted plug on the end. As I said, the mains cable is attached to the tube at one end, just off the very end really, from the underside if you are using this vertically of course. * Are they massive..? No. not at all really. They come in a few sizes, both actual size and heat output size, ranging from a small yet quiet powerful 350mm version which kicks out 60Ws of heat to the 360W version which is a good 1875mm long. With all of them being 95mm in circumference, sort of. The one I have in the shed is one of the middle sized versions, the 120W version, which is the 655mm long. * What about safety..? Don't run across busy roads... Don't accept sweets from strangers... Don't run with scissors... ow, right, this tube heaters safety... ok. To be honest it is a lot safer than the other type of heaters, especially those bar heaters that glow up and want to burn anything that goes any where near them, but you do have to show some caution with this one as it's not a radiator and can be a fire hazard if treated badly. You need a minimum clearance of 30mm to the ground an behind and 50mm above it, which means that you can't be hanging a towel over it to dry them off. I have mine screwed onto a wooden wall in the shed, which, to be doubly safe, and due to the fact that I had a different heater in the exact same place, I have a metal plate screwed behind it... not a plate you eat off, a plate of metal, or more a sheet, which actually helps through the heat back into the shed... One thing it does have is an automatic cut off safety feature, which makes it safe if the unit becomes too hot and could become a fire risk. Although this is very unlikely to happen unless it's a faulty item or it becomes too wet. * Where can I use it..? Anywhere that needs that little boost of heat in order to take the chill out of the air. Places like shed, garages, indoor rooms, green houses, airing cupboards and more. In fact, this can be used anywhere inside a place, not outside as it's not waterproof, so don't try dropping it in a bucket of water. It is splash proof so it can take a bit of moisture such as dampness or a flick of coffee, without blowing up in your face. * Are they easy to use..? They are really simple to use. All you have to do is plug them into the mains and you're away. There are no controls on it but, as the little leaflet states, they are easily plugged into a timer plug to set it to turn on and off when you want it too. * Do they cost the earth to run..? No, not compared to some heaters on the market. The one I have the 120w version which uses next to nothing when it is on, although if I could get it connected to some form of solar panels then it would cost me nothing at all to run... I've not figured that bit out as yet but I'm working on it. Anyway. The running cost varies, depending on the size of tube heater you have and the price per kwh you're paying of course. But I have found that these are a lot cheaper to run than most of the other heaters that offer just as much heat. * Is there anything else to mention..? Well, let's have a think... There's a couple of things. Such as, if you want to add a second heater then you can couple one to another but you will need to go out and buy a special lead in order to do so. Then there's the fact that you can use these either vertically or horizontally, which makes them more useful than standard heaters when it comes to fitting them into those more awkward places. * What do I think..? The hardest thing about this is screwing it to the wall, which was pretty easy to be honest. I just had to remember the leave enough space at the top of the heater to get the bracket locked into place, which was easy enough really. Then, once I'd screwed it into place, I was banishing the cold from the shed, a little at a time. All I had to do was make sure that I had left the recommended space around the tube so that there was no risk of anything getting too hot. I actually went out and bought a mesh type cover for it, which is cost about the same price as the heater itself, but it screws over the tube heater and makes sure that you don't put anything where it shouldn't go. I have to say that it's not in the top five of the hottest of heaters and it does take a few minutes to actually feel the benefits of the tube, but once it's going you can feel the heat coming off it and, as long as the room you have it in is insulated a bit, the room soon fills up with warmth to give you a happy feeling and cosy warm toes to wiggle about. It even looks nice too, in the heating world. There are no signs of where the heat comes from, such as flames or burning elements, it's just a white tune that really acts in the same way as a radiator works, although it's not full of water, but the idea is the same... the heat comes out of the tube wit Hough the use of visible glowing elements or flames. * Now for the price..!! You can get this tube heater, the 120w version, for about £25.00, with the other sizes varying in prices but only by a few quid each way. Do a quick search online and you'll see the prices of them all. But the one I have was only £24.49 at the time of buying. * Is it worth the money..? Yes, without a doubt, it is a low price to pay for a good source of heat that doesn't cost the earth to run. It sits in a small space on a wall, taking up very little room, and throws off enough heat to keep the chills out of the room. It may not be the hottest of heaters but you can feel the benefits, as my gran used to say... ©Blissman70 2013

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