View Poll Results: How do you like your catalytic heater?
Love it, use it all the time. 23 46.94%
Hate it 2 4.08%
I use it in addition to the furnace 19 38.78%
I use it as the main heat source 14 28.57%
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Old 10-15-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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Catalytic heaters, love em or hate em?

I thought it would be interesting to hear from cold weather campers on thier thoughts on catalytic heaters. How do you like yours, do you use it, what do you know now that you wish you had known when you got yours?
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Old 10-15-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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I voted for use it all the time. Neither one of my Airstreams currently has one in it, however I have a brand new one in the box ready to be installed when the time comes. I had a pickup camper that had one and loved it.

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Old 10-15-2006, 12:42 PM   #3
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What brand is it? and what size? just currious
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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Rodney,
I have a Term'x Cat heater in my trailer. We do not do extream cold camping (too far to drive ), but the Cat heater is great for getting the morning chill out of the trailer. Does not use any battery either.
The good news: Cat heaters do not produce any CO. No fear of CO posioning.
The bad news: Cat heaters will remove the Oxygen from the trailer. Always operate the unit with a vent/window cracked open.
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:52 PM   #5
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Had one permanently mounted in the '74, used it all the time to supplement the furnace which was a real PITA to get the pilot lit and stay lit. When the furnace ran, it was so hot it would soften the glue on the vinyl tiles and start to lift them up. My '89 has a portable, free standing cat heater that I haven't used yet. Always had electric hookup and used a small ceramic heater. They installed the gas connection and isolation valve behind the stove in the Zip Dee storage cabinet which really interferes with the chair storage. Didn't think this one through. Anyway, I like the cat heater, puts out lots of heat, very quiet (you can lay awake at night counting how many times the furnace cycles in an hour) and will not drag down the battery. The furnace blower is power hungry.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:36 PM   #6
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We do not have one in the trailer, but I do have a small one that screws to a throwaway propane/butane tank. Might try it later this year when it gets cooler. To date, the furnace/heat pump has worked great. Am I just lucky, naive, or dumb?
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Old 10-15-2006, 03:07 PM   #7
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I use a Mr. Heater Buddy. I can't justify the cost of a permanently installed heater. I place the Buddy on the stove to take the chill off during the day, while we are awake. We never sleep with a catalytic heater on. We still use the furnace for that.
I wish someone would invent a modern radiant propane tube heater for RVs that draws/vents to the outside and doesn't need a fan. I think the Panel Rays used in the '50s were pretty close.
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for reminding me!

What a timely post. While having my morning espresso I was reading the latest posts. Hey I haven't fired up the 8100 Olympian all summer-duuh. Might get chilly at the No Cal rally this week. So I'm in my shorts 10 am puttin a little wax on the rig and decide to fire it up.Waltz up to the tanks open up the propane, enter Munimula, open the main valve to the heater, hold for 45 seconds igniter works as advertized warm. Let go of the knob and out she goes. Hum. press in the knob and whoom the flash up Burns the hair off my middle aged flat american breasts!!! Holy Moley. So after a little salve on my chest I review the lighting instructions. GEE I made a mistake. Anyway the heater works better than my brain. So a word to the wise If you haven't used it in a while review the manual! It really does work well will burn you out. Also have a solar convective loop window unit and a 5 disc Pelonis furnace. The Pelonis is awsome. Tim
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Old 10-15-2006, 08:19 PM   #9
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What brand is it? and what size? just currious
IIRC it is the Olympian Wave 8...might be the 6.

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I have an original Therm'x cat heater in my 64. Buttercup gave me his old one and I put the two together and it works fine. It cuts the chill off an Alaskan winter day real nice and really puts out heat. For extereme cold I fire up the furnace.

The new Olympic heaters are even nicer (just not original)

I did have a LOT of trouble getting the Therm'x plumbed in.
The darn things were made in France (spelled METRIC).
Try finding 5mm tubing and fittings!
I finaly found what I needed by chance in Ushia Argentina!

You do have to leave a window cracked for fresh air intake. No CO problem though.

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Mine came with a ThermX but no lighting instructions. If anyone has a manual I would appreciate a PM. I will pay for a copy and mailing. Don't want to burn anything off trying to fire mine up for the first time.
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I use a Mr. Heater Buddy. I can't justify the cost of a permanently installed heater. I place the Buddy on the stove to take the chill off during the day, while we are awake. We never sleep with a catalytic heater on. We still use the furnace for that.
I wish someone would invent a modern radiant propane tube heater for RVs that draws/vents to the outside and doesn't need a fan. I think the Panel Rays used in the '50s were pretty close.
Bob,
There are a couple of Sailboat units that you might look at. I saw a picture of a very nice unit that I could not identify in "Airstream Dreams". It was used in a highly modified Flying Cloud. Anyone know what it was?
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:00 PM   #13
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Each of my trailers have Catalytic heaters. We use them for the main heat in the 71 GT along with a propane lamp.

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Had an Olympic in my 25', loved it and was our sole heat unless I had hook-ups which is not often.
I plan on installing one in the 21"
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