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Carbon monoxide poisoning?

My husband just bought a pro buddy kerosene space heater @ 175,000 BTU and keeps getting carbon monoxide poisoning. This is for his garage which is large enough to fit a tractor trailer in. The garage is not insulated and is one of the "tent", "greenhouse" types of garages. Is there any way to vent these types of heaters?

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The problem is that it is burning up all the oxygen in the room. That is what makes the CO level high. He needs to either leave a door, or something open, and possible even a little fan to keep the Oxygen that is IN the room mixed. I figure he is working low, and there is not much air moving around him.
Get fresh air INto the room and the CO will not be a bother.

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