Originally Posted by Jammer
I don't know who the RIVA is. Perhaps you mean RVIA, but I don't believe they certify heating equipment of any kind, and have never seen their label on a catalytic heater.
I do not believe that the UL listing program applies to gas equipment. Often gas equipment is CGA or AGA listed, or both, although I do not believe that either agency is currently listing unvented heaters for permanent installation in RVs. Perhaps I'm wrong. Their standards chiefly involve fire safety.
In any case, I've written before regarding the safety problems inherent in catalytic heaters, which are legion. I'll let you search, if you're interested, although it appears to me that your mind is made up.
There are other non-electric heaters that are equally suited to boondocking, many of them mentioned here, that do not pose the safety problems of an unvented heater.
Another writer mentioned the vented cat heaters upthread. It is unclear to me whether that product is truly in production at this point. For quite some time efforts to contact the manufacturer were unsuccessful.
I wanted to first, thank you for pointing out one of my handicaps; I am dyslexic. It is a constant struggle for me, I often reverse letters such as RIVA and RVIA. I work very hard to not let it happen but unfortunately it slips through. Most, never notice it, but when some one actually points it out I am completely ashamed.
I have indeed made up my mind, but not about catalytic heaters.
I asked about the safety issues because I have installed dozens of Olympian heaters into clients trailers. If there are issues, I would like to know so I can warn my customers or make changes. Their safety is important to me.
So, I now have gone and looked as you chided me to do. I like it when someone challenges me. I searched "inherent safety issues of catalytic heaters" I added "in an RV", "in a boat", I removed "inherent" in a nut shell; lots of people talking about oxygen depletion being a huge problem. Regular furnaces seem to be a big cause in RVs. I have found a few fires caused by people putting stuff onto or directly next to the heaters. I guess common sense does not come with these heaters. I feel like I just lost an hour I will never gain back.
When a customer discusses heat with me I always try and and sell them on heaters that vent directly to the outside. More often than not, they go with the less expensive alternative. I go out of my way to explain all the possible dangers.