What Is a Kerosene Salamander Heater?


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A kerosene salamander heater is a high-performance space heater fueled by kerosene. It is designed to heat up large open spaces that are difficult to heat, such as construction sites, warehouses, workshops and factories. A kerosene salamander heater can be hazardous and is prone to fires, oxygen depletion and condensation.

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A kerosene salamander heater is capable of keeping industrial vents and pipes from freezing. Also known as a salamander furnace, a salamander or a torpedo furnace, it operates by igniting a burner that acts as an internal heat source. When turned on, the fan draws cold air from outside and forces it down a tube past the heat source, which instantly heats the air and blows it out into the space that requires heating.

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