Semi-Inground Pool Heater -

Hello! I am looking for recommendations on semi-inground pool heaters. I have a 16'x32' (4' to 6' high) Doughboy pool and live in NJ. I have done the following calculations to determine I would need ~200,000 BTU unit:

~17,000 gal *8.3 lbs* 30(deg)/(24) = 176,375 BTU's

So I believe that I am looking for a 200,000 BTU unit. I like the Sta-Rite Max-E-Therm 200k Propane but want to check with anyone who has had experience. Any information you could provide would be appreciated!



TFP Expert
In The Industry
Jul 6, 2011
Do yourself a HUGE favor, don't buy the Sta Rite. If you have a space issue and need a unit with a small foot print, buy a Jandy JXI. However, if space is not an issue, buy a Raypak.