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Old 11-16-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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What has anyone used to augment the furnace heat during the evening hours in the living space? Just a small floor heater that I would not leave on during sleeping hours or while I was away. Would like to pick up something inexpensive locally. Suggestions?

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:11 PM   #2
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Oil filled heater.

Hi, this is what we use; An oil filled heater. No fans, no noise, no air depletion, and no glowing. Mine is a Kenwood, but most of these are Delongi. [same exact heater] Lowes, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon.com.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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Just so happens I went by Lowes tonight and picked up a small ceramic electric heater for 19 bucks, it has several safety fetures, tip-over safety switch, auto-off, the housing is cool to the touch, I have had it plugged in under the dinning room tabel, it is 42 degrees outside, the inside temp in my Bambi is now 73 degrees the heater is on low temp, the heater has two three settings, fan only, low heat 400 watts, and high heat 1500 watts, it has a thermostat. I have only had it for one night but so far pleased with its size and warmth. I just wanted something that would take the chill off and not have to run the duotherm AC heater as it can be a little loud even on low, this little heater is quiet and small, and while hooked up to shorepower, I do not have to use my LP supply until it gets colder.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:30 AM   #4
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We use a small electric ceramic heater as well...it's perfect...a fairly quiet fan, a thermostat, no really hot surfaces, low and high heats...compact...and does a nice job... I think we got ours at Ace or Target...this is the season to get them at very good prices...and they have many to choose from.

One note...if it's REALLY cold and you need to protect your tanks from freezing, using a heater like this will not help them...the furnace, however, will blow warm air into the tank areas to help keep them from freezing..not really a problem, though, unless you're down in the teens for sustained periods, I wouldn't imagine...
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:34 AM   #5
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What has anyone used to augment the furnace heat during the evening hours in the living space? Just a small floor heater that I would not leave on during sleeping hours or while I was away. Would like to pick up something inexpensive locally. Suggestions?

Thanks, Anne
Anne...We were using a ceramic heater but found that they can get loud when they are on their high heat setting. We now use a Vornado VH-2 heater which is very quiet and has a thermostat to control the temperature. We have no problem leaving it on when we're sleeping.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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Ditto on the Vornado. We also use it in our sunroom when we are not camping.

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They are rather bulky, but the liquid-filled radiators work great for us. It was 18 in Flag last night and we only turned on the Suburban when we got up. No noise at all.
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Those ceramic disc heaters manufactured by Pelonis are a best buy according to Consumer Reports and mine will run me out of the front half of my 34' if I set it too high. I bought mine on Ebay.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:40 PM   #9
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Anne...We were using a ceramic heater but found that they can get loud when they are on their high heat setting. We now use a Vornado VH-2 heater which is very quiet and has a thermostat to control the temperature. We have no problem leaving it on when we're sleeping.

We also bought a Vornado. Costs a bit more than the little ceramic heaters, but we go thru those about one a year in my home greenhouse. They just don't last. The Vornado warms the furnishings and you, not the air, and they work much more efficiently, without the noise of a fan. We noticed that in our Argosy the temperature was the same at the ceiling as it was at the floor, and the same in the dinette as it was in the bathroom, with no hot and cold spots, using the Vornado. It's a different kind of heat.

We have also gone thru several oil-filled radiator heaters in the last few years, they don't seem to have a lot of longevity either and they still leave a lot of hot and cold spots.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:58 PM   #10
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We have a little Holmes ceramic heater (a box about 8"x8"x10"), has a thermostat and two fan speeds. Most nights in Yellowstone Park last Spring (avg about 35 degrees) it was all we needed.

Saved a bunch of $$$ on propane....

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Old 11-17-2009, 06:02 PM   #11
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We got a Lasko ceramic heater on Amazon for about $25. Two wattage settings, fan, thermostat. It's fairly quiet, a lot quieter than the furnace. it's really small. We use it in the living/dining room/kitchen so the bedroom stays cool. When the temp goes below 32˚, we turn on the furnace. In the past we used the heat pump, but it runs very inefficiently below 40˚.

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I use the oil filled as well....

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Old 11-17-2009, 11:20 PM   #13
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Great responses and suggestions. Thanks! You have totally answered my question. Must do something to help with the LP cost as well!

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:14 PM   #14
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Electric Heater

Does everyone run their electric or oil filled heaters off of generator power? All night? I've been thinking about a small Vornado myself. However I don't have a generator...just solar power.

Could I run this from a separate 125 amp/hr battery, on low (400 watt) with a portable 800 watt inverter? How long would my battery last do you think?
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