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Old 11-12-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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Original Wall Furnace Safe?

Does anybody still utilize the original wall furnaces from late 50's to early 60's airstreams? would like to keep it, but wonder about its safety. If anyone does still use theirs, what is your opinions about the radiant convection heat vs the newer forced air systems?
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Does anybody still utilize the original wall furnaces from late 50's to early 60's airstreams? would like to keep it, but wonder about its safety. If anyone does still use theirs, what is your opinions about the radiant convection heat vs the newer forced air systems?
The forced air systems, whenproperly ducted, keep the water lines from freezing.

The wall heater, does not offer that help.

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Old 11-12-2009, 01:42 PM   #3
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Just the age of the unit raises my concerns. If you decide
to leave it, then I would suggest a disassembly and cleaning.
At that time you may inspect it for rust....
Heat->moisture->rust-> carbon monoxide
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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original wall furnace

while gutting trailer, took apart the wall furnace, thoroughly cleaned it, appears to be working good so I'll plan on reinstalling it but will have a CO detector when finished just for peace of mind.a
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:20 PM   #5
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Since they are simpler without as many parts personally I would be more trusting of an old wall furnace than an old furnace with a blower. Just my opinion. It probably also does not have as many safety features.
Besides a CO detector I also put in a propane and smoke detector.
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I use my original Glen Air heater whenever needed. I too thoroughly inspected and cleaned it as well as the chimney for mud dauber nests since they like to get in there and glog things up. If all appears in order, Light it up and keep and eye on it for the first few hours and as always leave a window cracked open.

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I use my orginal wall heater. It works great and my trailer is a 73

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We use the original glenair heater in our 61. The disadvantage is the heat comes out several feet above the floor so the floor can be cold. We did thoroughly inspect it, and added a thermal switch in the stack to turn on a small fan to move some air around..
We also have a 6000 btu catalytic heater which we prefer because the heat is closer to the floor and constant instead of cycling.
The plus with either of these heaters is no blower is required to keep them going which is important when boondocking
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