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Gas-Fired Heater Warms Wintger Cab
"After adding a cab to the small yard tractor we used to clear snow, the next thing I wanted to do was to add heat," says Darry Markle, Peace River, Alberta.
"I didn't think the tractor's small diesel engine would produce enough hot water for a conventional type heater, so I looked for other sources. I settled on a gas-fired heater from a 1973 Volkswagen van. I bought the heater at a junkyard for just $40. It puts out a lot of heat, has it's own fuel pump, and is very compact. All that's required is a mounting bracket and a gasoline tank.
"With the help of a friend, we installed the unit inside a metal toolbox - with breather holes drilled in the side - and mounted the box on the side of the frame. The toolbox protects the heater from the elements and makes it easy to dismount the heater in summer. A small plastic gas can sits on top of the toolbox, held tightly in place by an old seat belt that runs through the handle and down around the toolbox.
"This turned out to be an economical way to heat our cab so I can now clear snow in comfort even in the coldest weather. The same idea would work on any tractor or other machine."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Darry Markle, Box 6162, Peace River, Alta. T8S 1S2 Canada.

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3