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Old 11-16-2004, 09:28 AM   #1
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Heating in NC

We pulled out our original furnace from our 66 Trade Wind, thinking we would just sit a little catalytic heater someplace. But after doing some research on the forum, that doesn't sound like a great solution, too hot!

Eventually we want to put a furnace back in but the funds are running low for this winter.

I have a friend who owns boats and he said they put clay flower pots over the gas stove burners and spread a little heat that way.

Any input on this? Gasps of horror, cries of amazement? I would be using a CO monitor, of course.

Has anyone tried this? Has anyone tried this and LIVED?

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Old 11-16-2004, 02:58 PM   #2
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Bad idea - the combustion gasses are going into the living area with no exhaust. The trailer is small, and relatively well sealed. You will burn up the oxygen, and fill the trailer with CO2, water vapor (producing even more condensation), and some even less desirable gasses like CO. You will get sick quickly.
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Old 11-16-2004, 04:00 PM   #3
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That is a bad idea.

I will sell you a complete Suburban NT22 furnace that will fit and works perfectly for $200.00, I am in Western NC
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Old 11-16-2004, 05:44 PM   #4
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I've been full timing for the last two years here on the NC coast. Last year, since I was in a camp ground, I used a little electric stand up heater that worked great..electric was in the bill for the camp ground site. This year, I've got the electric bill (different camp ground) and I'm using my suburban. The electric heater worked great.

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I am not fulltiming...yet, but I will be using the catalytic heater for the bulk of the warmth and the furnace to move the air around as well as keep the unit above freezing. In some units the furnace is vented into the tank area to keep the water and holding tanks from freezing up. I am not sure if that is true in your case or not.

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I have a friend who owns boats and he said they put clay flower pots over the gas stove burners and spread a little heat that way.
Any input on this? Gasps of horror, cries of amazement? I would be using a CO monitor, of course.
Not a good idea at all...
Otherwise, the use of a CO monitor is an excellent one under any circumstances..
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Has anyone tried this and LIVED?

Since there are no replies, I guess we know the answer...
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Old 11-24-2004, 05:29 AM   #8
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In my 4 months of "fulltiming", late January through April, down here in N. Central Florida, I used a combination of the furnace, catalytic heater and electric ceramic heater. The furnace did the best overall, and I got 8 days to 2 weeks out of a 30# propane bottle. The cat heater is a pain to light, does put out some heat, but is limited to the front area of the coach. Electric heater only heated the immediate area it was located in, and I used it mostly in the sleeping area, then moved it to the bathroom for my morning shower. Furnace seemed to cycle on and off quite a bit when it got into the low 40's and 30's at night. Overall, I am in favor of having a good furnace to heat the coach, above everything else.
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