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Cadet 5,000-Watt Portable Garage Heater

The durable Cadet 5,000-Watt Garage Heater requires a NEMA #6-30 240-volt receptacle (not a standard 120 Volt outlet) to provide your garage or workshop with powerful warmth on cold days. It features 2 heat setting positions for versatility in either low or high wattages. It also offers a built-in fan-only switch that provides comfortable air circulation without producing heat during the summer months. Ideal for warming garages and workshops, with rugged USA-made construction.
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If we want the location to be centered in the garage, is there any reason why we cannot ceiling mount it on a bracket the drops the unit 6 to 8 inches

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Diane
chicago, Illinois
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February 2, 2014
the specifications state that it should not be mounted to the ceiling.
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KenHDOC
Orange, Ca.
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February 3, 2014
Hi Diane, this heater generates a lot of heat. That is why you can not ceiling mount this unit.

This heater runs on 240 volt 30 amp circuit. You can use the bracket supplied to wall mount this heater. You have to have a minimum of 12" inch from the top of the heater to the ceiling.

Check out pages 1 & 2 of the instruction assembly guide.This will get you more information of the distances required between the top, sides and back of the unit.
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Cadet- can it be ceiling hung/mounted

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mitchell
chicago
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February 2, 2014
I have 9'-6" ceiling in a two car attached garage - non heated - approx. 400 SF- is this the right unit and can it be ceiling mounted/hung - with the included stand ?
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KenHDOC
Orange, Ca.
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February 3, 2014
Hi Michell, this is a great little heater. However it is a hot one. You can not ceiling mount this unit. It generates too much heat.

You can wall mount with a 12 '' inch clearance from the top of the heater to the ceiling. Also this is 240 volt and requires a 30 amp circuit for this model.

Check out the instruction/assembly guide on pages one and two.
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what type plug will work for the Cadet 5,000-watt heater Model RCP502s

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ch1124
Texas
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December 5, 2013
I have a Nema 6-30R 250 volt 30 amp plug in my work shop. will that work on this heater. the plug looks the same as the Nema 6-30p but it is 250 volt instead of 240 volt.
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
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December 6, 2013
Yes, that plug should work for this heater.
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how many sq. ft. will the cadet 5000 heat

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Al Eason
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January 29, 2013
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PTBarbara
Rio Rancho, NM, USA
November 24, 2013
We put it in our 3-car garage. That's 20x30 with 8 ft ceilings. Two walls are insulated, as is the ceiling. One wall is mostly garage doors. The final wall is 2X4 with no insulation. It warms the space up nicely, easy to work on mechanical objects and handle tools without freezing your hands.
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
January 29, 2013
Hello, thanks for your interest in the Cadet Portable Garage Heater. There are many factors that determine how large of an area this unit will heat, primarily how well the room is insulated. As a general rule, this heater will heat a mid to well insulated garage or room that is 400 to 600 square feet.

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Can this unit be safely left on 24/7?

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Hunter
Central NY
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October 26, 2013
My wood working shop is 12 x 8 and un-insulated. During the coldest winter months here (central NY) It can get down to or below the teens. I'd like to keep some heat on in the shop for the sake of both tools and especially material. Wood doesn't like drastic temperature variations and nor do paint, poly and glue.
Thanks in advance.
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
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October 30, 2013
All cadet heaters are designed to be safely run 24/7. However, the cadet RCP502S garage heater is not recommended for this room because it is too small. This shed is only 96 square feet, and this is too much heat for this space. We suggest you use an in-wall fan heater such as the Cadet Register - RMC162W and a wall thermostat such as the T410B. This has an off switch and a lower temperature range of 40 -80 degrees.
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Plug type for the 5,000 W heater: Model # RCP502S Internet # 202909808

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Al
Olympia, Wa.
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August 11, 2013
The online info. picture shows a 6-20P plug. The brochure and 1 answer says/shows a 6-30P plug.
I need a 5 K Watt heater to plug into my 6-20P outlet having a 240 v 20A double breaker . Will some form of this heater do that?
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
August 12, 2013
We apologize for any inconsistencies in our information, the website has been updated with the correct information. The RCP502S heater requires a 240 Volt, 30 Amp receptacle. According to NEC standard, any 5000 watt heater requires a 30 Amp double pole breaker. Using a 20 Amp breaker, the maximum you can install is a 4000 Watt heater. I have provided a link below to our 4000 Watt CGH model.
 
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How many BTU's does this unit put out?

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Marty
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January 30, 2013
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
January 30, 2013
Thank you very much for your interest in the Cadet RCP502S Portable Garage Heater. When trying to determine the BTU's for a heater, there is a simple formula (Watts X 3.412 = BTU's). Because this heater is 5000 Watts, it puts out 17,060 BTU's.

Thanks for the great question.
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Will 10/2 wire work or do I need 10/3

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October 5, 2012
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Sterno
December 30, 2012
10/3
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CadetCustomer Support
Vancouver, WA
October 5, 2012
Hi Jim,
Thanks for the excellent question. I can see you have a 30 amp breaker based on the gauge of wire you're looking at to complete your installation. A 30 amp double pole breaker is the minimum size breaker necessary for the Cadet CGH562 portable garage heater. Its amperage draw is 23.33 amps.
The wire size required would be 10/2 with a ground. You will have 2 hot legs and a ground running to the receptacle. This particular heater doesn't require a neutral for any additional components, so the 10/3 wire isn't necessary.

As a manufacturer we appreciate you taking the time to ask. We've included the appropriate receptacle and a wall plate cover as related items for reference.

Happy Friday to you!
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Would this product be ok for a basement where I have a large TV, bar and pool table?

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Ernesto
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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November 20, 2014
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