Chinese diesel heater
Embrace the tropical bonanza of a Chinese Diesel Heater, where veggies sip cocktails and man becomes a sun-god to petunias. Your greenhouse, now a mid-winter fiesta! 🌞🍹🌱

What’s all the fuss with a Chinese Diesel Heater?

You’ve heard of space heaters, but have you ever experienced the unparalleled warmth of a Chinese Diesel Heater? Ah, it’s like smuggling a small sun into your greenhouse just to thumb your nose at February’s frosty frown.

Imagine, if you will, a greenhouse so toasty that the cucumbers think they’re vacationing in Cancun, and the cacti start applying sunscreen. This isn’t just a heater; it’s a botanical beach party waiting to happen, where every sprout can kick off their seed coats and soak up some diesel-powered rays.

Now, one might think a Chinese Diesel Heater is akin to inviting a dragon to belch in the corner, and, well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. There’s a certain magic to it—like convincing a mythical creature to defrost your petunias. Your plants are not merely surviving; they’re throwing on sunglasses and blending margaritas.

Conventional wisdom might whisper, “Plants don’t need tropical holidays,” but your peppers will be too busy sipping piña coladas to listen. Thanks to our Chinese Diesel Heater, gone are the days of wilted winter lettuce. Instead, we have greens so vibrant, that they’re practically doing the salsa.

So, let February do its worst. Inside our greenhouse, it’s always a balmy 20°C, with a zero percent chance of snow, and a 100% chance of confused, but cozy, vegetables.

Chinese Diesel Heater

So we got a Chinese Diesel Heater for the greenhouse

Chinese diesel heaters have been gaining popularity due to the extensive coverage by content creators on platforms like YouTube and TikTok, who emphasize their efficiency and cost-effectiveness for heating small spaces. Many users share their experiences of how these heaters provide a more affordable solution compared to traditional heating methods.

Given the growing interest in sustainable and cost-effective heating, it’s natural that the conversation has extended to applications beyond the usual garages, campers, and fishing huts to include other structures, such as greenhouses. A greenhouse typically requires a consistent and controlled climate to protect and nurture plants year-round, and maintaining the right temperature is crucial, especially during colder months.

Heating a greenhouse traditionally might involve using space heaters or propane heaters. However, these can often be costly in terms of energy consumption and ongoing fuel costs. They might also not provide the most uniform heat distribution, which is vital for the health of the plants within a greenhouse environment. Additionally, some heating solutions present safety risks or add excessive moisture to the air, which can be detrimental in a greenhouse setting.

In contrast, a Chinese diesel heater offers a practical alternative. It runs on diesel fuel, which is known for its high energy content and widespread availability. Moreover, these heaters are generally compact and can produce a substantial amount of heat with good efficiency, ensuring a uniform temperature is maintained throughout the greenhouse. This can create an ideal growing environment while keeping operating costs lower than electric or propane options.

Furthermore, the installation and operation of a Chinese diesel heater can be relatively straightforward. Many users appreciate that the heater can be regulated with a thermostat, providing precise control over the greenhouse temperature. This is a crucial feature since plants have particular climate requirements that need to be maintained to promote optimal growth and health.

Another advantage of using a diesel heater is its robustness and suitability for harsh environments. Greenhouses are subject to temperature variations and potentially humid conditions, and these heaters are designed to operate well in such environments compared to some electric space heaters that might not be as durable.

However, when considering the introduction of any heating system, it is important to account for the specific needs of your greenhouse and its occupants. Ventilation is a key aspect, as proper air exchange is necessary to prevent the buildup of exhaust fumes, which can be harmful to both plants and humans. It’s also necessary to consider the heater’s capacity relative to the size of the greenhouse to ensure it can be heated efficiently.

Overall, while there is a pronounced enthusiasm for Chinese diesel heaters, it’s important to perform due diligence. Careful assessment of the specific requirements of your greenhouse environment and consultation with heating experts might help to ensure that you choose the most appropriate, safe, and efficient heating solution for your needs.

In exploring alternative heating solutions for our greenhouse, we’ve encountered a few significant issues with some of the commonly used fuels, such as propane and kerosene. Let me elaborate on the problems we faced with each.

Initially, we gave propane a try, thinking it might offer a reliable heat source during the colder months. However, it turned out to be quite costly. The frequent need to refill the tanks added up over time, significantly increasing our operational expenses. In addition to the economic factor, safety became a pressing concern. Leaving a propane heater running throughout the night introduced a risk of fire or gas leaks, which could potentially lead to catastrophic outcomes. Given that greenhouses are often left unattended after working hours, this poses an unacceptable hazard.

Furthermore, as we sought to mitigate these risks, we experimented with a kerosene heater. On the surface, it seemed like a viable alternative. However, we quickly found it was just as expensive to maintain due to the high cost of kerosene. Not only did it strain our budget similar to propane, but it also compromised the air quality within our greenhouse. As it burned, the kerosene heater released noxious off-gases and smoke, polluting the very environment we were trying to protect for our plants. The greenhouse is meant to be a sanctuary for growth, not a reservoir for pollutants.

These experiences with propane and kerosene heaters taught us valuable lessons about the importance of selecting the right heating solutions for a greenhouse. It’s not just about keeping the cold at bay; it’s also about ensuring that the methods we use are sustainable, cost-effective, and safe for both the plants and people involved. Our search for better alternatives ended when we found out about these Chinese Diesel heaters.

Our Chinese Diesel heater setup

In most of the videos we’ve watched, the users often had their heater hooked up to a car battery. That wasn’t going to work for us so we needed to come up with an alternate power source. Something that we could easily hook up to the heater. And we found this power supply transformer that was perfect for our needs. It allows us to switch an AC 110V/220V to to DC 12V 20amp. I was surprised just how easily it was to hook this baby up! Yes, A guy with little to no electrical experience at all, did a thing!

AC to DC power supply for Chinese diesel heater
AC to DC power supply for Chinese diesel heater

I have a piece of plastic covering it so no water can drip from the ceiling down onto it. If you have any questions about how to set this up let me know in the comments below. It’s actually quite easy. I also needed to get a 3-pronged cable to plug into the outlet that I also got from Amazon which you’ll also need if you were also planning on doing this setup.

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Here you can see the whole thing all put together inside our greenhouse. We got this from a company called Vevor which sells all sorts of products and we got their VEVOR Diesel Air Heater All-in-one 12V 8KW LCD Remote Control model.

Chinese diesel heater
Chinese diesel heater setup

When facing the mighty conundrum of installing a heater in our botanical wonderland (aka the greenhouse), I found myself locked in a heated battle (pun intended) with one particular foe: the villainous exhaust pipe. Here I had, in my naivety, invited a fiery-breathing dragon into my realm of delicate flora, only to realize that its breath could melt my cherished plastic walls into a Dali-esque disaster! Oh, the drama! Would the walls succumb to a melty demise? Would the tomatoes get a premature roast? Or worse, would we have an impromptu bonfire? Stay tuned as I tackle the perilous adventure of “The Greenhouse and the Piping Hot Predicament!”

In a moment of pure genius—or maybe it was just the beer talking—I concocted a master plan to marry my passion for cold brews with my need to McGyver my way out of a DIY predicament. My mission: to safely escort my exhaust pipe through the treacherous terrain of a plastic wall without turning it into a gooey mess.

The solution was as brilliant as it was boozy. I took a pair of beer cans (emptied, of course, in the name of craft and creativity), decapitated them with all the finesse of a medieval knight, and then squished the tin into charming little squares. These makeshift metallic coasters were then knighted as the guardians of the plastic wall—each taking a solemn oath on either side of the intended exhaust portal.

Thanks to the valiant sacrifice of the aluminum knights, the beer-can shields dispersed the heat with such efficiency that not a single molecule of the wall dared to turn into a drippy disaster. Call it smart, call it innovative—heck, you can even call it the result of one too many Pale Ale’s—I call it a DIY triumph that deserves a toast! 🍻


Chinese diesel heater - Conclusion

So there we have it, fellow green-thumbers and warmth-seekers – the legendary tale of how our greenhouse turned into a tropical oasis, thanks to the mystical powers of a Chinese Diesel Heater. This isn’t just a device; it’s a harbinger of spring in the dead of winter, a superhero wearing a coat of soot and the faint aroma of diesel.

We’ve walked together through a garden of words, past the basking cucumbers and sun-kissed petunias, watched over by the ever-vigilant aluminum knights (once beer cans, now heroes of the greenhouse realm). I’ve shown you our setup, complete with the trusty power supply transformer that even a self-proclaimed electrical novice could manage without inviting the fourth horseman of the apocalypse.

However, our journey doesn’t end here. It’s just beginning! I’m turning it over to you, the reader, to breathe your own fiery opinions into the very soul of this discussion.

Do you think our plants might start requesting their own poolside cabana soon? Have you contemplated setting up your own diesel-fueled sun within the confines of polycarbonate walls? Perhaps you’ve devised a contraption so clever it could rival the beer can saga? Or maybe you’re just here to marvel at the possibility of burning diesel without setting flora or fauna on fire.

Whatever tickles your fancy or heats your greenhouse, we’re itching to hear from you. Slide on down to the comment section below and spill the tea (or should I say, the heat) on your thoughts. Are you a fan of the Chinese Diesel Heater? Got some fiery DIY suggestions for keeping those greenhouses greener and cozier?

We want to know all about it – your successes, your epic failures (we all have them), and the madcap inventions you’ve rigged up to keep that winter chill firmly outside where it belongs. Don’t be shy—leave no stone unturned, and no beer can unrepurposed. Your comment might just become the next hot topic (literally) in the ongoing saga of greenhouse heating hacks! 🔥🌱✨

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2 thoughts on “Breaking the Ice: How a Chinese Diesel Heater Turned Our Canadian Greenhouse into a Tropical Paradise on a -20°C Groundhog Day

    1. It really is. Im on the east coast of Canada and I’ve been heating my greenhouse at night and on cool overcast days for about a month and a half. Way cheaper than any other method I’ve tried so far. Modifying it is so simple too. I added a larger fuel canister so I don’t have to fill as often. I’ll also be adding something to capture the heat from the exhaust so I can utilize the unit for maximum efficiency.
      Thanks for sharing!

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