Reeling in the Sheaves…. Gas and catalytic heaters.
I just installed a catalytic heater.
Safety: maximize outside piping, minimize opportunity to bash the fittings, keep it out of the way, make sure it can be turned off without touching the heater.
Convenience: Keep it out of the way of The Wife, make sure it is fast to disconnect, and make it upgradeable.
Beauty: Make it straight and level. Make it coverable.
I think this meets the criteria!
See the pictures. Underneath the trailer there is a convenient connector that was easy to make into a “Tee”. I had Pex put on as a guard, and later gooped up everything with aluminum-specific caulk. It is short and doesn’t stick down much. I thought this was preferable to teeing off an inside pipe.
The second picture shows the fitting inset in the air return for the gas furnace. The frame which protects this return is left off for clarity. It is sitting on the couch. Locating it in this inset keeps it out of feet and broom proximity.
I had to drill the hole
. And drill it so it didn't hit any frame members.
I checked with my dealer mechanic first on location of wires etc. I drilled it just through the floor, then looked around with a small flashlight, then drilled onward. The position had to be right to enable me to get at the hose disconnect.
Here's a hint. Not all quick disconnects are made equally. The one on my RVQ looked like the one I bought for the cylinder. But it did not fit! I suggest getting fittings in a set. I got mine (and had the hose made up) at our local propane dealer. $50 for fittings and 8' hose.
The shut off on the rigid copper tube is a safety feature. What if the disconnect were to fail? Then I would shut the valve. Beats shutting down the gas from the cylinders on a winter night.
The third picture is the cat heater itself. The legs are very stable. This is a Wave 3, but can be upgraded if I need it. It stores under the couch (after cooling)…
Beauty? Well I think so.... But it is coverable. The Wife puts a pot cover on it.
As always, looking for comments/critiques, etc.
The Old Dawg.