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Old 05-14-2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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Heater electrical use

Boondocking in NH soon so cold weather possible. Wondering how fast heater consumes battery power. FC25 so one zone. Am careful about lights, etc.
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Many variables involved - how cold it is determines how long the furnace runs. Group #, condition, and quantities of batteries matter too. The furnace will draw about 7 amps. Assuming it runs half the time, that is about 30 amp hours for an 8-hour night, or close to half of the usable charge of a single Group 24 battery in good condition. Figure 16 hours of part-time furnace use for one Group 24, 24 hours for a single Group 27, double those numbers if you have two. If you run it 24 hours a day you will need a recharge quickly.

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What Al Said > ! We love to camp in the cold. We **do** use the propane heat for a short while each day. We've found that insulated curtains (we've had them from Mrs. Fowler; our current ones are from AirDrapes - Carey Bowland) really help contain the heat overnight. We also notice that making a pot of tea heats the unit up pretty well, but we don't use the stove for "heating" per se. Finally, we layer up and we sleep under a wool Hudson Bay blanket, often wearing hooded sleep shirts to keep our head warm. The added benefit of a cat or dog is a bonus, of course.
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Thank you for much useful information. Appreciated.
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