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Can you use the Martin propane heater as a primary heat source?

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A vented Martin propane heater can be used as a primary heat source. Vent-free, hydrocarbon-fueled heaters should not be used as a primary heat source in enclosed spaces because of the accumulation of combustion byproducts in the air.

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Propane combustion consumes oxygen and releases carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, unburned hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and water vapor. Well-insulated, enclosed spaces trap the released gases and particulates and inhibit the replenishment of oxygen levels. Carbon monoxide can be fatal at high levels and causes long-term health issues at sustained, low levels. Exposure to nitrogen dioxide can affect the immune system and increase the incidence of respiratory illness.

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