Is there any way to retrofit this heater with a easy remote thermostat? Ideally, i might like some thing in reality easy. All of the other warmers i have simply use contact-closure (e.G. 2 cord, i suppose) thermostats, now not the programmable digital sorts, and that's all i actually need for this heater too. You may indeed need to have the gas valve changed to install a thermostat on this heater -- your current valve (a robertshaw 7000srlc also known as a robertshaw 710-204) is a hydraulically operated thermostatic valve that has no electrical actuation means, only a protection magnet and thermocouple device. In line with the sears elements direct page on your heater (the c in the model wide variety appears to be beside the point), a suitable replacement is a white-rodgers 36c03u-433. This valve is a millivolt gas control and thus may be used with millivolt-like minded thermostats -- the existing thermocouple will want to get replaced with a thermopile generator to carry out this substitution as well.