Which heater should I buy?

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Which Heater should I buy?

If you’ve browsed our heater section, you might be asking yourself ‘which heater should I buy?’ To the uninitiated, they all look similar enough. Sure, some are bigger than others, some have fancy displays on the top and some look pretty basic – but overall they’re not too drastically different. So which heater do you need? Well you beautiful inquisitive person, we’re here to help you find the one that’s gonna rock your world and heat your toes.

Before we begin, you should note that these are all paraffin heaters. They use paraffin oil (like Tozane) to heat and as such, they are very cost-effective. We’d strongly suggest that you check out the heater section in our FAQs too, to understand all that these lovely heaters entail.

Right, onto the good stuff and let’s start things off with a real beauty.

The Inverter

The Fan assist Inverter Heater from Sheds Direct Ireland

The Inverter Heater is our most popular heater. It’s CE approved and it’s fan-assisted, so it blows heat around the room. It’s got more safety features than a 6-armed nurse made of Sudocrem and it’s smarter than your dog. (Your dog is still lovely though)

Best For: Effortless Heating 

The Inverter is great for comfort. It maintains your desired temperature, so you don’t need to get up and down to change the dial like you would with a wick heater. It can also be programmed to come on at a given time, meaning you can wake up warm. The internal thermostat will also prevent the excess burning of fuel, so over time the Inverter is exceptionally cost-effective.

Avoid if: You don’t have mains power 

While cheaper in the long run, the Inverter has a larger up-front cost than any wick heater. If you’re on a budget, it may not suit your needs now. It also requires a mains power connection at all times. If you’re in a caravan, on a boat or want to go portable, this heater will not suit your needs.

See more about the inverter here

The 4600

The 'powerful heater' the Kero4600 is pictured against a wooden wall. It is stocky looking, about as tall as it is wide with a large grate in the front. The plastic grate shows the metallic, silver burner on the left hand side. There is a embled that says 'Kero' on it and a digital display and dial system is above this. It's charcoal grey with silver finishings and two red buttons.

The 4600 is an industrial powered version of the Inverter. It’s for use in larger offices or small warehouses etc and it’s got an absolute boat-load of features.

Best For: Heating a large area (eg. an office) 

The 4600 is perfect for offices or warehouses up to 185 m³. It has loads of safety features like CO and CO2 detection, crash sensors and flashing error messages. It has all the benefits of the Inverter heater too, like a programmable timer, a built-in thermostat to maintain the temperature and it’s virtually silent in operation. It’s exceptionally cost-effective in the long run as it runs on paraffin and it only uses the bare minimum amount that it needs to, too!

Avoid if: You don’t need a super-powerful heater

Using this to heat a single room in a house would be overkill and not cost-effective. Larger homes may see a financial benefit of it, but generally, this is not for home use. It can also be a bit technical for those that aren’t too tech-savvy. It’s not like a new phone or Microsoft excel, but it will take a bit more reading than the wick heaters require.

See more about the 4600 here

The Camping Stove

two images of the heater side by side. One on the left is taken from above, it shows the grooves and indents on the metal lid on which you can cook. The image on the right is a wide angled view of the heater from a low angle.

The Camping Stove is a heater that doubles up as a portable cooking stove. It’s lightweight, super simple to use and great for fishing or camping trips.

Best For: Outdoor heating

Unsurprisingly, the camping stove excels outdoors. It’s got an easy-carry handle, a flat head for a frying pan and an easy to use temperature control dial. You can take this with you anywhere.

Avoid if: You want an indoor heater

The Camping Stove is not for use indoors as it does not have anti-topple protection. If you were to knock it over, it’d continue to ignite and be a really dangerous indoor hazard. It is also more ‘fume-y’ than other heaters, so using it inside a tent, is not advised either.

Check out the Camping Stove here

The 241a

The Kero241a heater taken from a low angle agasint a wooden wall. The heater is short and squat looking and it is mostly charcoal black. There is a shiny, horizontal metal guard on the front and the same material beihnd the internal burner in the middle. There's one large, grey button on the right and a lever in the middle.

Best For: Portable Heating

The 241a is our lightest, smallest indoor heater. It’s perfect for bringing with you around the house (we’d advise turning it off when it’s being moved) and it doesn’t take up too much space in your sitting room.

Avoid if: You want a very powerful indoor heater

While small and portable, the 241a is our least powerful heater. That’s not to say that it won’t keep you warm in your sitting room or kitchen (it will), however, it would be useless in heating a large room or office.

Get a 241a heater for yourself here

The 360

The Tosai / Kero360 Heater against a wooden wall and sitting on a concrete base. It's a large boxy unit, with a black bottom haldf and a metallic upper half. In the metallic half, a silver, tubular burner can be seen. A large yellow sticker below this is emblazoned with a sign that says '3000W'

Best For: If you need a super-powerful wick heater

The 360 is the most powerful wick heater in our range. It’s a big, bulky unit with a whopping heat output. It pumps out heat like none other in the range and it’s ideal for large rooms or even smaller rooms at a lower temperature output.

Avoid if: You don’t want something overly big or heavy

The 360 is a big, bulky boy. It might not be ideal if you’ve dogs or children running around as it’s a much bigger target than the others in the range. It’s also heavier and when it’s big tank is full, it’s not easily portable. You wouldn’t need to be Hulk Hogan to lift it, but it wouldn’t be an easy task when compared to the rest of the heaters.

Check out the 360 Heater for yourself here

The RX2485

The RX2485 Heater from sheds direct Ireland

The RX2485 is my personal choice. It’s a real middle of the road heater on all fronts, but I mean that in a good way. It’s not too large, but it’s not too small. It’s not the most or least powerful and it’s unbelievably simple to use.

Best For: Simple Heating

This heater is a doddle to use. Put it in the ignition position and press the bright orange button to light. Once you’re finished, you can push the big grey button to turn it off. It’s so simple to use.

Avoid if: You want something smart

The RX2485 is a doddle to use, and while it’ll suit most people’s need for home heating, it’s not for everyone. It doesn’t have the thermostat like the Inverter, so if the room gets too hot it may need to be adjusted manually. Similarly, as it’s a wick heater, it will continually burn the fuel in use, as opposed to the Inverter which uses only what it needs to.

Get yourself an RX2485 now



Hopefully, we’ve helped you find out which heater is the one for you. They all have their uses and depending on what you need, we have something suitable for you here at Sheds Direct Ireland. If however, you still have questions, you can get us during business hours on the phone at 01 864 4247 or over on Facebook.

And we’re blue in the face saying it, but remember – DO NOT USE KEROSENE IN ANY OF THESE HEATERS!

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