ProCom Vent-Free Dual Fuel Infrared Radiant Wall Heater - 5-Plaque, 30,000 BTU, Model# MD5TPA
Tons of heat, and humidity......
This is my 4th winter using this heater in my garage, and it is still working great. HOWEVER, you may want to think twice about buying this heater because of the “oxygen depletion sensor” and the extreme high humidity it creates in a room that is air tight.
For the first 3 winters I had this heater in a un-insulated and EXTREMLY drafty garage. The heater is so powerful it kept my garage at 70degF when it was 20degF outside. During these first 3 years, I had no problems.
This summer I finally got a chance to re-model my garage. I replaced the garage door, and fixed all the drafts. My Garage is now air tight. Making the Garage air tight caused 2 problems.
The 1st is that the “oxygen depletion sensor” would knock out the pilot light over night, every night.
I fixed this by running a fresh air vent near the heater. Now the heater has stayed on for a month straight with out a problem.
The 2nd problem I found is that I am now growing tons of mold on the bottom of my walls. The walls are un-insulated, so condensation is being formed on them and the Mold is loving it!!
The oxygen depletion sensor Is a great safety device, but if you have an air tight space you want to heat, it will keep shutting down.
One of the byproducts of Natural Gas combustion is millions of free Hydrogen molecules. Once the Hydrogen molecules hit the air in the room they combine with the free oxygen molecules in the room and create H20 vapor, which results in high humidity. For me, this means Mold and rusty tools. It's a real shame that for this heater to work well you need to pump in massive amounts of fresh air. This seams very inefficient. Bottom line though, this thing will work forever, and make more heat then you could ever ask for. It would be the perfect heater for a VERY-WELL ventilated space, or a space you will only need to heat for a few hours a week.
December 27, 2013
Not too bad
Price was good, use and functions are good, and the overall heating done by this little panel heater is great. The spark igniter worked for one click, and one click only. But, if you just leave the pilot light on all the time, it isn't a big issue.
I have several other brands of these types of heaters, and find this to be as good as or better quality than any of the others. I also like the radiant type heaters over the blue flame heaters. It's a personal choice, but they just seem to be better at heating overall.
November 4, 2013
Infrared VS Blue Flame
I could not decide between the 30,000 BTU infrared or the blue flame. After much home work, decided on the infrared. This unit is amazing, heats my whole house with a warm wood stove like heat, very comfortable. I did test it out using a 20 lbs tank and an old regulater which I took off a gas grill from the local land fill, works fine and it is the right size fitting, 3/8". Love the dual fuel option since I have nutural gas and a large LP tank. I would recommend this unit to any one, very cost affective, you will love it. I did purchase the optional fan, love that also.. Every one who feels the heat is purchasing one with out question.. No more oil heat..
November 1, 2013
Had it for 3 years now, had the fan option but quite last year, not worth the money anyway. The push button starter quite also, not a big deal, made a small hole in the screan at the bottom and get it going with a long nose fire starter, on natural gas it is cheep to run, you can heat your house when the power gos out, very dependable, no need for any other heat until dead winter, and I have a 5 bedroom house, not a cabin and the unit is downstairs.. Thermostate works great. The main heating system in my house can stay off until Jan.
October 31, 2013
owner of business
This heater is the best I have ever used it heats our 6 office rooms in a building 42 ft X 32 ft and keep them comfortable, and uses less LP gas than other models. We have tried the 30,000 blue frame but it do not do the job as this heater does. You can not go wrong with this heater, BEST BUY EVER.
April 23, 2013
ProCom-5 plaque-30,000 BTU-Model# MD5TPA
This heater does a great job of heating my 800 sq ft (with 25 ft ceiling) un-insulated garage, I do not have the fan option, but you can feel the radiant heat from 20ft away. My only complaint, and the reason for the 4 star rating, is that the piezo ignitor failed after approximately a dozen uses. I'm using fireplace matches until I can attempt a repair.
February 9, 2013
Excellent heater, good price, outstanding customer service from Northern -- what's not to like? Heater performs well, is very efficient. Easy installation if you know how to run a black pipe gas line or have one existing. I would have liked slotted holes in the mounting bracket, and like another reviewer used my own wall anchors. Those provided are good for sheet rock, not as good for concrete block, but the bracket works well. I also installed a second lower spacer and screw, although the single one provided is sufficient. I've had no problems with the heater at just under 5000 ft. elevation, and it's doing a great job of heating three adjoining open rooms, about 700 sq. ft.in total, with a ceiling fan in the room where it's installed. The instructions are adequate. Gas inlet is on the bottom right as you face the heater. I'm very pleased and highly recommend this heater. The optional fan is well worth the price and is also recommended.
December 7, 2012
Unit works very well, easy hook up, sits on floor or hangs on wall. Could be more attractive looking
October 15, 2012
30,000 BTU wall heater
Fairly easy to install providing that you possess the proper tools (and if not you can always order them from northern tool to help with the installation) I installed my heater with 1/2 black pipe with a drip leg installed where it reduced to 3/8. Very satisfied with the performance of the heater, heats over 700 sq feet of basement. May buy another one for my outbuilding rather then burning wood.
October 15, 2012
Huge money saver!!!
we bought our Procom-Vent Free wall heater last yr. in Nov. we live in a home that was costing us 175-225 a month to heat with our natural gas furnace! Now our bill is 46. - 60. a month and this is winter billing! This heater was very simple to install, hook up to natural gas and put the legs on; we've sat it infront of our fireplace it heats our whole downstairs about 1200 sqt & were thinking about buying another for our upstairs! I would highly recommend this to anyone; in fact our friends have bought one and are just as happy as we are!
August 13, 2012