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Old 06-25-2003, 06:58 PM   #1
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LPG furnace vs elec. space htr.

Last weekend camping with the MH we awoke to a very cold morning. I thought about using the furnace, but what I had read about it, it was too much trouble going out (in the cold), and starting it up! Has anyone used those space heaters with 110V?
Is there an easier way to use the furnace in the MH? Why can't it be all done from inside like the fridge and stove and generator?
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My last 3 trailers have had LP furnaces and a simple flip on the switch on the wall thermostat started the furnace in all three. I'm puzzled. Why you would have to go outside?

OTOH, I have 2 of the ceramic cube heaters and virtually never start the propane furnace. I would rather have an extra drawer in its place.
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The only reason you would have to go outside to get the furnace going is if the propane was off. Your furnace should have electronic ignition. Just slide the thermostat near the bed over to 75+ and it should start up, heat starts 30-45 seconds later.
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Excellent! Just what I was looking for! I was wondering about electronic ignition. I guess what I read was when the LPG valve is turned off for an extended amount of time, then one must go outside to the furnace and open it manually before being able to use thermostat. Thanks for the info.
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Not all burners are created equal

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Excellent! Just what I was looking for! I was wondering about electronic ignition. I guess what I read was when the LPG valve is turned off for an extended amount of time, then one must go outside to the furnace and open it manually before being able to use thermostat. Thanks for the info.
The fact that the bottles were turned off for a time mainly affects the refrigerator and non-electronic water heaters. This is because the pilot orfices on these burners are so small that it takes some time to evacuate the air.

Electronic ignition furnaces and water heaters, OTOH, have quite a large orifice and are designed with repetitive sparking so that the air is quickly exhausted and they light.

For instance, after storage, the light on my water heater stays on just a couple of extra seconds compared to later relights.
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