Information on Using Oil-Filled Heaters


Oil-filled heaters are sometimes called oil radiators because they resemble old-fashioned steam radiators. Instead of using steam, however, these modern space heaters are filled with oil. They run on electricity and can be rolled from room to room.

Heating Method

  • Oil-filled heaters use a radiant heating method. As the oil sealed inside a row of "fins" becomes hot, it releases (radiates) that warmth into the air. Because there is no fan to blow the heated air through a room, the increase in room temperature is steady but slow.

Heat Settings

  • Most oil-filled heater units have three heating levels. On low, a typical unit will use 600 watts. On high, the wattage use will be 1,500. The medium setting will consume 900 watts. Oil-filled stoves are available with thermostats to maintain specific temperature settings. Some offer a special antifreeze setting, as well.

Safety Features

  • During operation, the fins can become quite hot, but the edge of each fin doesn't get hot enough to burn fingers or to start a fire if the unit is knocked over. Nevertheless, many models offer both tip-over and overheat protection.


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images
Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

Related Searches

Read Article

Make an Ikea Lack Table Look Expensive With This Cheap Hack

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!