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    Portable Adjustable Heater

    Its still winter up here and a little adjustable portable heater is still useful in my unheated shops. Here is a little project I did many years ago, when my Father passed, I got to clean out his shop materials, one was an old car interior warmer, it no longer had a mounting frame but worked fine. I decided to make up a frame for general use around the house and shops.

    Up here, this has become very useful. The angle of heat is adjustable through 90*, pointing to the floor to almost directly upwards. The rubber feet are widely stanced for stability at any angle and the frame is made from one piece of light channel, marked out, cut, drilled and bent to shape.

    Its not a tool but through the cold winter months it is one of the most used items in the unheated shops. On a really cold day I can set it up under my tractor blower for a couple of hours for an easy start, comes in handy to keep my feet and legs warm when doing blower repairs or on the bench to keep my hands warm when doing a bench job.

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    Since it was a car heater I assume it's 12V, did you add a power supply to the back of it that's not visible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdurand View Post
    Since it was a car heater I assume it's 12V, did you add a power supply to the back of it that's not visible?
    I guess your looking for correct terms, up here a interior warmer is also called a car heater, since when you refer to one it is assumed you are NOT referring to the built in climate control. But since there is a picture of it it is clear it is an interior warmer not a torn out part of a vehicles climate control. It must be warm year around where you live .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos B View Post
    I guess your looking for correct terms, up here a interior warmer is also called a car heater, since when you refer to one it is assumed you are NOT referring to the built in climate control. But since there is a picture of it it is clear it is an interior warmer not a torn out part of a vehicles climate control. It must be warm year around where you live .
    I had one something like that with a cigarette lighter plug for use in cars with weak or broken heaters. That's what I assumed this was, didn't know they came with mains power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdurand View Post
    I had one something like that with a cigarette lighter plug for use in cars with weak or broken heaters. That's what I assumed this was, didn't know they came with mains power.
    Haven't seen one of those before, but I guess if a problem crops up and you look hard enough, there is someone selling a solution somewhere, .
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    Thanks Carlos B! We've added your Portable Heater to our Heating and Cooling category,
    as well as to your builder page: Carlos B's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Quote Originally Posted by jdurand View Post
    Since it was a car heater I assume it's 12V, did you add a power supply to the back of it that's not visible?
    That looks like the one I have. It was a Buick aftermarket accessory from the early 70`s that mounted under the seat and plugged into 120v to heat up the interior on cold mornings before the heater warmed up.


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