Answering Frequent Questions Concerning Using LP Gas For Greenhouse Heating

Posted on: 26 April 2015


To ensure your plants get a healthy start in your greenhouse, you have to make sure they are provided with a consistent temperature. Because of its efficiency, LP gas from Avery Oil and Propane is a popular heating choice in greenhouse settings. Here are a few of the most frequent questions about using LP gas heaters to keep seedlings warm when the temperatures drop.

What should you do to ensure you get the most from LP gas heat in a greenhouse?

LP gas is ideal in a greenhouse setting because the heat is consistent and reliable, but greenhouses are not always the most sealed locations. Check to make sure all doors have weather stripping, caulking is used to seal any cracks, and  that seals are in good condition to ensure you are not seeing a great deal of heat loss.

Is it okay to use portable LP gas heaters in a greenhouse?

If you do not have the finances to install a permanent gas system, it is fine to use a portable LP gas heater. However, you have to take steps to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed through the space. The heater should be placed in a central location that is clear of plants and grow bins, and fans should be used for circulating the heat.

Can the LP gas also be used for humidification of the space?

In a greenhouse where a humidifier is used to encourage growth, you may have the option of using LP gas as the power source. It is important to look for a humidifier that will work with LP gas when you make the initial investment as changing the type of power supply after the fact can be much more costly.

If you install a permanent gas heater, will you have to have a concrete pad for the tank?

In most cases, the answer to this question will be yes. However, in some cases, a stabilized ground area will work, but the area must be dry, level, and stable. Now, whether you have to provide the concrete pad for propane tank placement will be reliant upon the company that you get a tank from. Some companies supply the foundation for the tank during installation.

When you are in the agricultural business, your crops are your livelihood and getting them off to a healthy start in a greenhouse is a crucial step in the growth process. However, there will always be those times when the sunlight alone is not enough to provide the warmth in your greenhouse to encourage new seedlings to grow. This is why it is so important to have a backup heating system in your greenhouses and there is a good chance LP gas can help you make that happen.