Dewalt Construction Heater DXH125
Dewalt Construction Heater DXH125FAV Review
The folks at Dewalt came out with a new line of construction heaters. The line offers you the choice of forced air Kerosene, Electric, Propane or Portable Radiant Heat. For this review I was able to fully test the Dewalt Construction Heater DXH125, Air Forced Propane heater during a New England winter.
The eye catching yellow and black box sitting on my door step was very compact. As I picked the box up to move it to the garage, I was able to get a feel of how light weight this heater was going to be. After opening the box and reading the owner’s manual, I found the only assembly required is the carry handle. It needs to be screwed onto the top of the barrel using the 4 provided screws.
What’s in the box:
- L.P. Heater.
- L.P. 20 ft Hose with Regulator.
- Output (BTU/HR) 75,000 – 125,000B
- Output (CFM) 350 CFM
- Heating Area 3000 Sq. ft
- Fuel Type Liquid Propane
- Minimum Tank Size 40 LBS
- LP Consumption Rate 4.6 – 6.9 LB/HR
- Regulator Settings 20 PSI
- Ignition Type Continuous Spark
- Power Requirements 110V
- Net Weight 25 LBS
- Run – Time 8 Hrs
- Patented quiet burner technology reduces the combustion and operation noise by up to 50%
- Rugged two-piece split barrel design to make cleaning and maintenance easier and safer
- Recessed controls designed to reduce the risk of damage on the job-site
The current project I am on to test this heater is a new build. I was subcontracted to side wall, build vinyl soffits, and construct custom cellular PVC window trim with a start date of mid February. The workshop was set up in a 3 car garage with tarped off garage doors that allowed access for all the other tradesmen.
After setting up the shop, I then set up the Dewalt construction heater. The owner’s manual states to have a minimum tank size of 40 lbs. I was fortunate to have a 100 lb tank on hand to test this heater. They do make a splitter to connect two L.P. tanks into one L.P. hose line. That would be a nice feature if you already own a couple of 20 gallon tanks from your gas grill.
Connecting the heater was quick and straight forward. You have your L.P. hose line connection provided and you just need a properly sized extension cord for the blower to run. I turned on the propane, plugged in the heater then held the ignition switch for about 20 sec. The heater fired right up without hesitation.
The heater has a variable control dial which I adjusted throughout the day as we used it. I was able to heat the area in no time which was approximately 600 sq ft. It is designed to heat 3000 sq ft. The heat that this heater gives off is amazing! It was able to keep us comfortable with an outside temperature of 13 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another feature that’s great about this Dewalt heater is that I could monitor the job-site and talk at a comfortable level. I find the quiet technology Dewalt used on this heater to be a vast improvement compared to other construction heaters that I have used in the past.
At one point the onsite plumber asked to use it inside. He had some Plex tubing to warm up. I carried it in with ease. Inside is almost weather tight, framing with no insulation. He had a 20 lb tank to run the heater off of and he was able to accomplish his task. Throughout this project, I had a few tradesmen come over to inquire about the new Dewalt DXH125FAV construction heater. The plumber I had mentioned earlier was going to Dewalt.com to get more info on a forced air propane heater with 65,000 BTU. They have you covered for any size and heat source you prefer.
There is one thing to always remember: Safety First. Whichever heater you may choose Kerosene or propane, you should secure your tanks before transporting them. You always want to confirm that you have enough fresh air when using these heaters. They are designed for outdoor setting applications only. Never use indoors on a finished project, only for construction purposes
The two improvements I would like to see is a longer electrical cord with cord wrap and an on board storage for the LP hose. The electrical cord provided is only 6 inches long. They give you a generous 20’ LP hose, but nowhere to wrap it. I like products that provide you with storage on the unit so it can be grab and go. You can wrap the hose around the barrel after it cools but I would have liked a hose wrap design on one side.
I would have to say if you have an outdoor project in the winter and need to stay warm, the Dewalt Construction heaters would be the way to go. They offer a full line with 4 styles of heat sources.
The Dewalt DXH125FAV construction heater was able to keep us warm and comfortable in a New England winter. You can run this heater off of a 20LB tank for approximately 4 hours. The heater is light weight and very compact for the amount of heat this heater blows off. The simple connections and ease of ignition just means minimal set up time and then back to work.
This Dewalt Construction Heater can be purchased online for $ 229.00. The propane tanks are sold separately.
About the Author:
Michael Hopp is a registered contractor in the State of Rhode Island. He has been registered for the last 10 years specializing in interior and exterior remodeling, doors and windows.
Mike began practicing his trade 19 years ago at William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in carpentry shop. This gave him the opportunity to become an apprentice at Brodeur Window Distributors. Mike continued working at the company for 10 years. During this time he was in charge of the specialty door shop and assisted on service calls.
For the last 10 years, Mike has been practicing as a general contractor in Rhode Island with his company MJH Construction. He obtained his LLC status 2 years ago. Even though his background is in doors and windows, his passion is for remodel work.
Mike is also a full time career firefighter and is a Lieutenant on Rescue.
Mike resides in North Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Jennifer and daughter Olivia.