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“Off-Grid” Propane-Powered Engine Block Heater
If you have an engine you need to keep running even in the coldest temps and it’s a long way from electric power, Cory Miedema has a solution. Universal Engine Heater Company has been heating off-grid, engine blocks with propane for nearly 70 years. The company also sells traditional electric-powered engine block heaters.
“My grandfather patented the idea in the 1950’s and started this company,” says Miedema. “We have 2 models. The PG-25-RSV puts out 10,500 btu’s for engine blocks with less than 15 gal. of coolant. The PG-55-RSV is a 28,000-btu heater for systems with more than 15 gal.”
Miedema stresses that all the components of the company’s engine heaters are made in the U.S. Installation of the propane models is simple and straightforward. The heater should be installed close to and well below the point where the heated water will enter the motor. The cold water intake on the heater can draw from the motor coolant drain plug or the radiator petcock.
“All our parts are replaceable, but we have had very few replacement parts requested over the years,” says Miedema. “They are good investments. Once you make the initial investment, it is good for a lifetime.”
The PG-25-RSV is available from the company for $1,146.80 and the PG-55-RSV for $1,211.66. Both can be converted to natural gas. An optional 12-volt igniter is also available.
“We’ve had them used on tractors, log skidders, loaders, and even stock tanks. Any place where electricity is not available,” says Miedema.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Universal Engine Heater Company, P.O. Box 250, Nine Mile Falls, Wash. 99026 (ph 509 276-5923; toll free 888 566-1220; www.engineblockheater.net).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6