# Thread: Which method would heat our house better, or are both methods equal?

1. So we have a bet\$\$\$
And we need the science community to help decide once and for all.Here is the situation, our house has a natural gas oven with a digital thermometer and LCD display. As we can tell the oven has only two modes in bake/preheat mode. Flame on and flame off. We want to heat our house using this oven. (don't ask lol) First claim to the prize......

Method 1: The oven is set to 500 degrees and the door is shut the internal temp will reach a higher overall temp. When the door is opened the "hotter air will rush out" this will heat the house faster because the air is hotter than method2.

Method 2: The party on this side argues that the temperature of the internal heat of the oven does not really matter. The method proposed is to turn oven on a high setting and just leave the door opened the whole time. We used 500 degrees to keep it the same. My judgement is as follows:Since the flame would be on constantly during the second method and most of the heat would escape as it is produced this would seem to be equal or better than method 1. at heating the house. And we are measuring the house not the oven so who really cares about the temp of the oven. It's about energy produced and dispersed in the house.The other side argues:That trapping air and heating it to a higher contained temp then releasing it heats better since the air is hotter....

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3. And my iPad seems to have spacing errors in the text. Sorry

4. Originally Posted by Kory
So we have a bet\$\$\$
And we need the science community to help decide once and for all.Here is the situation, our house has a natural gas oven with a digital thermometer and LCD display. As we can tell the oven has only two modes in bake/preheat mode. Flame on and flame off. We want to heat our house using this oven. (don't ask lol) First claim to the prize......
That's a really bad idea, unless you want to die from CO poisoning. Do you have a CO detector? It's such a bad idea, I won't respond to the rest.

5. Good point. We turned it off. But from a science point of view could you guess which way, if any would heat the structure better?

6. I agree with the logic of argument 2, and also agree that you will poison yourselves with carbon monoxide if you do it.

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