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Old 03-13-2006, 11:41 AM   #1
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Space Heaters

I keep an electric space heater running in the AS in the winter (on low) just to keep pipes from freezing and to keep everything from getting musty. Recently I had to pilfer the heater from the the trailer for use in the house. When I went to replace it I found electric heaters, ceramic heaters and oil filled electric radiators. What's the practical difference between these three? Is one more economical? Would one type be better to use to heat the room in the house (we have one small room heated to 85, which is about 10 over the rest of the house), and another type better for the trailer which is only kept around 50?
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:35 PM   #2
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Hi stef I use a small cerramic in my trailer and it works very well, I have also heard that the oil filled electrics work very well, If this is to be used in the house I would go with the oil filled electric. I would even use that in my trailer, but felt that it would take up to much space, so I went with the small cerramic.
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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Stef - Here is a pretty good article that compares the various types of electric heaters. I found it last week when I was researching some claims that a specific brand name heater made. I 'm glad I did.

http://tinyurl.com/pkw65
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We used an Oil filled electric a couple weeks ago, in the Peanut, 20' MH. It worked great as a back up unit, it was in the low 20's @ night with a good wind. Still used the propane, just in case. I like the NO NOISE form the oil filled unit........
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We used an Oil filled electric a couple weeks ago, in the Peanut, 20' MH. It worked great as a back up unit, it was in the low 20's @ night with a good wind. Still used the propane, just in case. I like the NO NOISE form the oil filled unit........
What balrgn said!! I've been using the radiators for about 10 years now as my last 3 homes had heat pumps that didn't work much below 45 deg. The oil-filled units are great...efficient, have a big heating capacity and are silent! Another plus is that they are designed for constant use....unlike a lot of the smaller units.
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What balrgn said!! I've been using the radiators for about 10 years now as my last 3 homes had heat pumps that didn't work much below 45 deg. The oil-filled units are great...efficient, have a big heating capacity and are silent! Another plus is that they are designed for constant use....unlike a lot of the smaller units.
We have a couple oil filled ones that we use in our house, but I think they are much too big and heavy for our trailer - at least for travelling. Are there any small sized ones - say in the vacinity of 12-18" high and 10-15#?

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Ceramic heater

I used to have a nice little toastmaster ceramic heater in my trailer until some shmuck stole it a few days ago . I liked it cause it was small, light weight, and warmed up the trailer fairly quick. I replaced it with a new one from Ace hardware for 25 dollars. Its mostly plastic and about the same size 8"x 8" with a low 1000 watt and high 1500 watt switch and a thermostat. Its quieter than the old one I had but not as stout. I used the heater to keep the trailer at about 60 degrees, and for camping trips where hookups were available to save on propane. I think the small ceramics are nice beacause of the compact size and instant heat.
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