View Poll Results: How do you like your catalytic heater?
Love it, use it all the time. 23 46.94%
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I use it in addition to the furnace 19 38.78%
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:01 PM   #43
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Flintstones,

I will try to copy a web address that can answer most of your questions on cat heaters. It is a Canadian National Research Council paper on just what you are asking.

irc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/pubs/cbd/cbd207_e.html

My paraphrase of the article: (1) They produce very little CO unless they are burned on high and trying to push propane through to 100% of capacity. I would not use one at night period.
(2) They do produce a significant amount of CO2 but, signs of too much CO2 is headaches, nausea, sweating, hard breathing. If you are awake with a window open, I doubt a medium setting would cause you problems or you should be awake and aware.

We like to use ours on low or medium in the evenings because it is such a warm,even heat.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:29 PM   #44
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I also would never go to sleep with the CAT heater on. Once you warm up the trailer it will hold enough to get you by till morning. Besides, I like it a little nippy. Camping this weekend we woke up Sunday and it was 28 degrees out and the wind was blowing very hard. It was 58 degrees inside the trailer, turned on the CAT and got it nice and warm in no time.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:22 PM   #45
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Thanks no more worries, I like it a bit nippy to and I forgot We used to tent camp in this weather every year. Not sure why I forgot about that. . . A bit of paranoia I think.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:23 PM   #46
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We have a Wave 3 mounted to a hinged piece of wood on the end of the kitchen cabnets just above the regular heat ducts. I can direct it about 90 degrees from the dinnett to the couch. We use it to suppliment the furnace on chilly evening and days when we don't need the furnace or when we just want to warm the living end of the trailer. We leave the door adjar on the first latch and the roof vent cracked, but never sleep with it on. We're well satisfyed and have pictures if this installation if interested--------------pieman
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:17 AM   #47
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I also would never go to sleep with the CAT heater on. Once you warm up the trailer it will hold enough to get you by till morning. Besides, I like it a little nippy. Camping this weekend we woke up Sunday and it was 28 degrees out and the wind was blowing very hard. It was 58 degrees inside the trailer, turned on the CAT and got it nice and warm in no time.
richard, do you have a furnace too and don't use it or did you remove it entirely. i keep going back and forth on my flying cloud on whether to install a furnace. i'm definately going to install a cat either way.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:04 AM   #48
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James,

We also use the Wave 6....and, I am also a firm believer in turning it off at night! Even though we crack a window and the bedroom vent, we also installed a CO detector. We also have a hose installed that draws gas from the tanks and stays wrapped up under our dinette when the heater is not in use. The Wave 6 is nice, and the hose enables us to heat whatever area we want in very short order! I prefer it to the Aistream heater, since it's nice and quiet....

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Old 10-24-2007, 01:46 AM   #49
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richard, do you have a furnace too and don't use it or did you remove it entirely. i keep going back and forth on my flying cloud on whether to install a furnace. i'm definately going to install a cat either way.
I have a furnace, but do not use it much. Most of my camping is not in very cold weather and the CAT works fine. If I had a threat of freezing my tanks I would run the furnace to keep them warm.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:36 AM   #50
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You guys who have a catalytic heater mounted at the left side of the front door, pointed toward the front of the trailer: Does the heat spread effectively, or is there too much heat for the person sitting on that side of the couch?

Thanks - Pat.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:49 AM   #51
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It depends on what your definition of safe is.

I read that an average of eight people die each year from using
a cat heater in an RV. So the plan is to not be one of those eight.
I think using one at night would be risky. Using on without ventilation would be dangerous.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:43 AM   #52
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You guys who have a catalytic heater mounted at the left side of the front door, pointed toward the front of the trailer: Does the heat spread effectively, or is there too much heat for the person sitting on that side of the couch? Thanks - Pat.
Hi Pat:

On my 1964 19' Globe Trotter, I have an Olympian Wave 6000 installed to the left of the front entry door and have a dinette bench seat opposite. It's great to sit sideways (lengthwise) on the bench seat and warm my feet with the catalytic heater's radiance. It's never too hot and feels great first thing in the morning. If the morning temperature is quite cold, I hunch in front of the Olympian as if huddling around the campfire. But once the trailer warms up I reduce the setting from high or medium to low. The three settings on the Olympian provide a fine range of choices so I'm never uncomfortable or too hot. But it does take longer than a conventional forced air or passive convection furnace to heat the whole trailer.

If the person in front of the (future) Olympian in your trailer is too warm, either turn down the heater or swap positions with the person at the other end of the gaucho who may be a bit chilly.

I'm also a sensible risk taker who cracks a roof vent and leaves my Olympian on during cold nights (the refrigerator belly pan/floor vent in my '64 GT is right behind the Olympian, so there's plenty of fresh incoming air). So far I've woken up every morning.
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I read that an average of eight people die each year from using
a cat heater in an RV.
So your sayin' we have a better chance of dying on the road in our tow vehicles or being struck by lightning. I can live with those odds!
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