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Thread: Sewing in a cold basement, HELP!

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    Senior Member RonieM's Avatar
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    I have a portable ceramic (electric) heater that I bought at Wal-Mart for about $20. It is pretty quiet and produces a nice amount of heat.

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    If you decide to add a space heater, please look into the quartz infrared heaters. We heat our entire house (small but all chopped into small rooms) with the Eden Pure brand heaters, no furnace....we use three. They plug into standard 110 volt outlet and are very effecient. Our electric bill only went up $30 per heater per month, so total cost to heat house in the dead of winter was $90 per month. Not bad for electric heat. There are different brands to choose from, but I can only testify on Eden Pure.

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    thanks for the tips

    Last night after my sewing stint, I took a warm shower and pulled on my fleece pj's, and wrapped my wool pashmina (sp?) shawl around my shoulders. Today I am stiff up there, but I just came back from my fitness class, and I think all the stretching we did today will help it. Still cold in my back, but I have on my shawl again.

    I see in the Canadian Tire flyer there is a small 4 quartz element heater on sale, I had to get a rain-check as they were all sold out, as well as all the other CT stores in my area. What about those oil heaters, do they run on oil? Do you add oil to them, like a furnace?

    In the mean time, until the heater arrives, I'll think of other ways to keep cozy. The light bulb heating up my back idea sounds good! The car has electricly heated seats, I wonder if having a heating pad strapped to my back would make a difference. Maybe not the most attractive...........lol

    You ladies are great with all your ideas and tips and suggestions! And I do look forward to sewing down there in the summer. In the mean time, I have a few ideas to try here. Thanks everyone!
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    I broke down and bought one of these for this drafty old cottage last year and I love it! It's quiet, doesn't "blow" on me, can be heated up and turned off to let radiant heat come from it, and the size I bought is very portable. They can even serve as a side table - you can actually place things on top of them. http://www.edenpure.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by phranny View Post
    Last night after my sewing stint, I took a warm shower and pulled on my fleece pj's, and wrapped my wool pashmina (sp?) shawl around my shoulders. Today I am stiff up there, but I just came back from my fitness class, and I think all the stretching we did today will help it. Still cold in my back, but I have on my shawl again.

    I see in the Canadian Tire flyer there is a small 4 quartz element heater on sale, I had to get a rain-check as they were all sold out, as well as all the other CT stores in my area. What about those oil heaters, do they run on oil? Do you add oil to them, like a furnace?

    In the mean time, until the heater arrives, I'll think of other ways to keep cozy. The light bulb heating up my back idea sounds good! The car has electricly heated seats, I wonder if having a heating pad strapped to my back would make a difference. Maybe not the most attractive...........lol

    You ladies are great with all your ideas and tips and suggestions! And I do look forward to sewing down there in the summer. In the mean time, I have a few ideas to try here. Thanks everyone!
    The oil heater I use is sealed , you never add anything. Mine is silent( a huge plus). I like this type better than the fan type, as I found the fan type dried out my eyes and mouth/throat.

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    My basement studio is very damp in summer (dehumidifier) and cold in winter. I love my

    oil filled electric radiators
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    They are totaly self contained so no need to make any adjustments or adding oil to them. No flame or heat element to worry about either.

    I use three of them In a full 1500 sq ft space. They make it warm without any drafts and I don't even have to put them on high heat. I live in a cold climate. If I loose the electric I have kerosene heater for a back up.
    hope you find what will work for you.
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    I like my infrared heater - it is another brand (SunHeat) than the EdenPure, but the same principle. It is efficient, and economical. It keeps our family room warm - we had a wood stove and replaced with a pellet stove but they both were almost too much as well as having a smell.
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    I use a small micro heater you can buy them either at Home Hardware or Canadian Tire stores...works great for me!
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    Why not try a good kerosene heater? They are inexpensive to use and if you keep the wick fresh, there is no odor.
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    I have a small portable heater. With of the lights, and the heater, and of course wearing thick socks, I'm in heaven. In fact, sometimes I'm so warm, I'll leave the sewing room for a short time so I can cool off. I think mine is a menopause thing.

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