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Old 02-14-2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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Propane space heater

I am living in a 1993 b190 airstream and want to add a propane space heater. What is the best kind and why? What will fit where can I mount it? I am willing to cut my van up to make room. What btu should it be? Blue flame vs catalytic? Why?
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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In my 72 Overlander, I have and like a catalytic. They are warm and quiet and sip propane.


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Old 02-14-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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In my 72 Overlander, I have and like a catalytic. They are warm and quiet and sip propane.


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Do you know if they use less propane than the blue flame?
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:53 PM   #4
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I don't all I know is it uses waaaay more than the furnaces have


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Take a look at www.mrheater.com
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:30 AM   #6
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The catalytic heaters are radiant type heaters - they radiate heat straight out from their catalytic pad. The blueflame heaters are convection type of heaters - they draw cool air in through a vent at the bottom and the hot air exits through a vent at the top. The warm air is moved throughout the RV. Both types require that you have a source of fresh air, typically a partially open window, to avoid oxygen depletion. The amount of propane they use is about the same and is determined by the BTU's of the unit.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:22 AM   #7
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check out the "plat cat heater" It is catalytic but unlike others it vents combustion gases out through a chimney. Therefore more efficient.
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I suggest you search Amazon for 'ventless propane heaters'. Note, so require a larger tank, like 100# so 20s for sure are out. I think they are actually certified as ventless, and have carbon monoxide shut offs. The blue flame models look interesting.
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I suggest you search Amazon for 'ventless propane heaters'. Note, so require a larger tank, like 100# so 20s for sure are out. I think they are actually certified as ventless, and have carbon monoxide shut offs. The blue flame models look interesting.
I have a http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Com-Dual-F...e+flame+heater attached to the side of the cabinet at the entrance of my AS. It works just fine with the 30-lb tanks.
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I have the same Pro-com 10k btu blue flame I got on sale at Menards and I used it for 4 nights in my 28' Streamline Empress and still had not finished the 20lbs tank. Temps outside were mid 30s at night... so depending on how cold it is outside and how hot you need it inside you might be able to get away with a simple 20lbs setup.
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In my 72 Overlander, I have and like a catalytic. They are warm and quiet and sip propane.


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I installed an Olympian in my 25 Safari. It is great for boondocking as it keeps the trailer warm without using electricity. 100% of the heat goes into the trailer.
Mine is installed on the cabinet opposite the stove as the propane source is nearby
Most of the heat goes out of the vent with the furnace and it gobble propane for the amount of heat produced.
I don't run it at night but there is no reason why not to, if you follow instructions about venting the trailer with outside air, the unit is in good shape and you have a working monoxide detector.
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