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Old 12-27-2020, 05:19 AM   #1
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Alde propane usage

Last night the temps dropped into the twenties and our Alde set on electric priority was having trouble keeping the trailer warm. So I decided to change to
propane priority. Temps came up to a toasty 72 up front and 69 in the bedroom. When I switched it at 9 PM tank level read 49%. At 7 AM tank level is 33%. That seems like a lot of propane for 10 hours. Is this normal?
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Old 12-27-2020, 05:37 AM   #2
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Your Classic has a pair of 40 pound propane tanks.
The Alde boiler burns between .55 pounds per hour and .9 pounds per hour.
If it were running at full output the entire 10 hours you would consume 9 pounds of propane... that is a worst case scenario.
It sounds like your propane level sensors are not entirely accurate. Id think about getting a tank filled.
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Old 12-27-2020, 05:52 AM   #3
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I think a 40lb tank only fills to 80% so that would be 32 lbs. Dropping from 49% to 33% would be a little over 5 lbs if my math is correct so I guess it was normal amount of usage. Am I figuring this right?
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Old 12-27-2020, 02:40 PM   #4
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Its been awhile since we had to run our alde in very low temps and get the trailer warm. I feel like we would burn through a bottle in about 2-3 weeks though.

Overnight you can set the alde to a lower temp to prevent excess usage if you can get the right bedding (flannel) or you sleep warm. I have the added benefit that my wife sleeps super hot like an oven so we have the alde set to 50 overnight and when I wake up around 530, I turn it up to 70 and off around 8 or 9 am. We are in AZ currently, 70 during the days and high 30 at night.

I do absolutely recall that on electrical priority, the alde uses a high amount of electricity. So much so that we found it to be cheaper to run it off of propane only and fill the bottle every two-three weeks.

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