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Old 12-30-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Ceramic Heaters

I want to buy a portable ceramic heater to use in my Airstream when the temp goes below freezing. I'd like one that can sense the temp in the trailer and will turn on when needed and then turn off---kinda like a furnace thermostat. Leaving the trailer furnace turned on uses too much propane.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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Hi,

We are camping in some really cold weather where it got down to 33 last night. Our Calore ceramic heater kept us cozy last night even though it was set up in the back of the camper on the table and our bed is up front. It has a min/max temperature dial and the fan speed can be set at high or low. It came on periodically all night, and will go off if it's tipped over. It's model number CH110. I agree, the furnace uses way too much propane.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:45 PM   #3
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I use an oil heater, but that's not why I am replying. I found a programmable thermostat that plugs into an outlet and you plug your heater into it, a Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat. It would work equally well with a ceramic heater. Just buy a cheaper heater without the thermostat built-in and turn it up. The outlet thermostat does the controlling. I'm very pleased with mine.

I had a Honeywell oil radiator with a digital thermostat and the thermostat failed. One of my neighbors had the same problem. His got so hot that the plastic wheels melted.

The outlet thermostat and a cheaper heater come to about the price of a heater with the thermostat built-in, but it's more versatile. You can program times for it to adjust the temperature and even different schedules for the weekend.

I do like the oil radiators and a fan for circulation better than ceramic heaters, though. They are really quiet, but take a while to heat up and take up more floor space. Like everything else, pluses and minuses.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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The Airstream furnace has a vent under the floor to keep your storage tanks and underfloor plumbing from freezing. A space heater does not.

It comes down to how far and how long will it be below freezing.

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I'll look up the model.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:26 AM   #6
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I use an oil heater, but that's not why I am replying. I found a programmable thermostat that plugs into an outlet and you plug your heater into it, a Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat. It would work equally well with a ceramic heater. Just buy a cheaper heater without the thermostat built-in and turn it up. The outlet thermostat does the controlling. I'm very pleased with mine.

I had a Honeywell oil radiator with a digital thermostat and the thermostat failed. One of my neighbors had the same problem. His got so hot that the plastic wheels melted.

The outlet thermostat and a cheaper heater come to about the price of a heater with the thermostat built-in, but it's more versatile. You can program times for it to adjust the temperature and even different schedules for the weekend.

I do like the oil radiators and a fan for circulation better than ceramic heaters, though. They are really quiet, but take a while to heat up and take up more floor space. Like everything else, pluses and minuses.
Thanks for the info. I just ordered one
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Thumbs up Polonis....

Have used the original Pelonis unit for years in two AS's with excellent results.
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Have used the original Pelonis unit for years in two AS's with excellent results.
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Same here, but the Pelonis (at least mine) doesn't really "turn off" with its thermostat ... it just sort of "throttles down" or up to control temp. But it is very quiet so long as it's not running full blast. Do keep in mind the point about heating the tanks.

When it's fairly cold out and IF I'm carrying water - which I just don't do if it's expected to be much below freezing - and assuming that I have shore power for the electric heater, then I try to titrate the Pelonis heater's setting and the propane furnace's setting so that the propane furnace comes on every so often just for the purpose of warming the tanks. It takes a little fiddling with the thermostats to get this right, but it's worth the fuel savings.

Also don't forget that even though your tanks may have some heat, your dump valves and associated piping probably do not ...
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