Salamander and Infrared Heaters…What They Are and How They Work

Salamander and Infrared Heaters

March 12, 2018 ____ Propane Answers

Salamander and Infrared Heaters…What They Are and How They Work

If you manage a construction site, you’ll have many choices about how to provide temporary heat during the cold winter months–and those choices can mean the difference between making and missing your project deadline.

This week we’ll take a look at two of the more popular temporary heating system solutions for your construction worksite: Salamander and Infrared heaters.

Salamander heaters

  • A salamander heater is a portable forced-air or convection heater that produces heat by using a fan to push cold air though a flame.
  • Salamander heaters typically work well on construction sites and in workshops, warehouse areas, and other well-ventilated areas (including football sidelines!). Powered by propane, they provide instant warmth to your workspace.
  • Salamanders are often called “torpedo furnaces,” “salamander furnaces” or simple “salamanders.”
  • Why “Salamander?” Interesting question! A traditional wood-burning stove in Spain or Portugal is called a “salamandra.” This name originates from a legend that the salamander could survive a fire, since they often emerged from a log when it was thrown on a fire.
  • You must have a well-ventilated area to operate a Salamander heater. They also run quite hot, so some safety precautions are needed.

Infrared heaters

  • Infrared heaters use propane (or natural) gas to heat ceramic panels that radiate heat like the sun. Their heating effect is extremely targeted: if you stand directly in front of one, you will feel the heat!
  • Infrared rays travel through the air and are absorbed by objects they come in contact with–including you (that’s why you feel the heat really quickly if the sun comes out on a cloudy day…it’s not because the air around you became warmer).
  • Infrared heaters are extremely efficient – more than 99 percent efficient, in fact.
  • If you want a heater to stand in front of after coming in from the cold, infrared heaters are a great choice.

Looking for a temporary heating solution for your construction project? Paraco has the solutions you need to keep your crew warm and working—from Salamander and portable infrared heaters to forced air and trailer heaters and more. Call 800.647.4427 today to speak with the temporary heat specialists at Paraco today!


  1. First, you will need to decide whether or not you want a tankless, liquid propane or electric portable heater. The difference between the two is that a tankless heater runs on electricity, while liquid propane runs on propane.

  2. One thing you should never do is purchase a product without having proper testing done. No matter how much you like a certain portable heater, if it is not appropriate for your home then there is no point in purchasing it.

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