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Old 08-15-2003, 07:56 PM   #1
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Question Therm'x safety heater

Does anyone know where you can get parts for a Therm'x safety heater. It was in our 1970 land yacht and we need some parts.
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:10 PM   #2
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Testing it out....

I'm fooling with my propane system and testing things out. I have never "fired" up the Therm'x catalytic heater, and don't even know how. It isn't anywhere in my manual.

Does anyone have any experience with these? There is a lever that goes side to side, which I believe allows the turning of the heat controls. How do I test this thing out... safely?

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Old 12-28-2003, 04:06 PM   #3
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Firing up the Therm-x is easy as pie. Here's how it works on mine (which may be slightly different from yours):

Step 1: turn on the gas by opening up any shut-off valve in the line leading to the heater, and also by turning the heater control knob to any "ON" position (on mine, either LOW, MED, or HIGH).

Step 2: Press the lever all the way to the left, and simultaneously press the spark button (like on a gas grill) a few times until you see a little starter flame at the bottom. If you don't see a spark when you press the button you might have a bad piezo starter.

Step 3: Hold the lever to the left for a few seconds. This feeds gas to the starter flame and allows it to warm up the catalyst. Then release the lever, and the little starter flame will go out. The catalyst will continue to be fed propane and generate heat until you turn the control knob to "OFF".

You can actually see the catalyst glowing in the dark, or just feel the radiant heat to know it's on. Mine puts out a LOT of heat, even on "LOW".

To be safe: Keep flammables away, like bed sheets and blankets.
Don't run it while sleeping. The catalytic heater consumes oxygen and the older ones may not have an automatic safety shut-off. (Mine does not.) Always crack open a window in accordance with the safety instructions printed on the heater or in the heater documentation. And turn off the gas at the gas line when you are towing.

Oh yeah, remember to gloat when you are boondocking -- your Therm-x doesn't require any electricity!

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Old 12-28-2003, 05:35 PM   #4
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Thanks.

I don't think mine has a spark/igniter. There are only two functions. The dial and the lever that I believe allows the gas in.

After fooling with it and not destroying the neighborhood, I managed to get it going.

I used a match to light it. It is difficult to tell whether or not it is lit. The flames poofed up the fabric, and then after a few minutes I noticed that it was getting warm. Nice and toasty actually.

We've had a few days here in Tampa recently that would have justified running it!
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I forgot to put this link in. It is a company in Spain I believe that carries the Therm'x.

http://www.mepamsa.es/en/textos/masi...efaccion.php#1
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Old 12-28-2003, 06:51 PM   #6
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Thanks.
We've had a few days here in Tampa recently that would have justified running it!
Sneakinup,
If you are ever in extended below freezing temps, you will need to make arrangements to either run the furnace or winterize the unit. Those catalytic's are great for taking the chill off, plus the added advantage of not needing electricity to operate, but they do little or nothing to protect the plumbing from freezing.

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You sound as unimformed as I. I braved it today. Turn on the gas tank. Turn the nob until you can slide lever to the left. Stick fireplace match right in the middle at the bottom of heater and hold lever until it stays lit. It does put out a lot of heat, but I can't figure out how to turn it off without turning off outside tank. I need a manual as well.
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You should be able to just turn the knob to "off"
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