Reviewer: Toasty Buns!
I have a HVAC unit that is a joke when it comes to heating my home. It would easily cost me over $400 a month to heat my home on an "average" winter. After 2 years of paying high bills and still freezing I decided to give a blue flame heater a try. I purchased a different brand and had all kinds of trouble with it. It did not burn clean, the flame was always orange, and the moisture....good grief the moisture. If I didnt run a dehumidifier non-stop I would have moisture running down my walls.
After being convinced to try another brand, against my will I did. And I chose the 30,000 btu empire blue flame heater and blower. Flat out the best decision I ever made. The 1st one worked so well I bought another one the next week. After 2 winters these things became my new best friends. My house is 1200 square feet, not including the basement which is about 1200 square feet. I travel quite a bit and these 2 heaters alone have kept my house about 66-68 degrees. I have one in the basement and one on the main floor. Thats impressive considering the fact that for almost 2 1/2 months it has been way below zero every day and night. The blower is really quiet, the flame always burns a nice clear blue and even after running non-stop for a week straight the moisture level in my house is never about 50-55%. They cut my bills down to about $250 a month.......thats running NON STOP in brutal below zero temperatures with the thermostat set on 2.5 (they go from 1-5) and my house is not well insulated. It was built in 1954. They kinda look like a heater form the 1960s. Not the sexiest looking heater around but man does it work. Plus the color matches my house perfectly. Another nice feature vs. other heaters is you can completely disassemble them to clean and service them as required. They are easy to take apart and put together as well.
Now for the negatives: there are 2 and they are small
1) Per the other posters statement about chipping; both of my heaters had the same problem. It was very small and almost unnoticeable. Not a big issue for me though. Just thought it would be worth mentioning.
2) Thermostats for the blower motors. Not too impressed here. The factory thermostats that came with the stove are for 190 degrees. This means in order for the blower to kick on the thermostat has to reach 190 degrees. Not that hot for a blue flame right? Well I let both of my heaters run for hours and the blowers WOULD NOT KICK ON. The only way the blower will kick on is too turn the thermostat all the way up to 5 and let it run for about 10 minutes. Once it kicks on no worries. But I wasn’t happy with that. Their customer service was nice and helpful and I got 2 new blower thermostats that are rated for 120 degrees. Guess what……….same deal as before. And at $16 bucks a piece I have not been pleased with this. I don’t care what anyone says. You should not have to turn the heater all the way up to get the blower to come on.
Other than that you cant go wrong with one of these units. They cost more but their performance is worth the price.
Reviewer: Guy David
Delivered on time. Very easy to install, and perform better than expected.
Reviewer: Richard Caccavale
I'm very pleased with the performance of this Empire space heater. It generates an impressive amount of heat. However, my unit had two chips in the finish on the reflector which should not have made it past a quality control process. I didn't want to endure the hassle of a return/exchange for these otherwise minor blemishes, and still rate it five stars for its outstanding performance.