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Old 12-08-2009, 09:29 AM   #11
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Hey! I resemble this discussion. Mike, in my roll-your-own motor home, there never was a thought given to propane anything. Heat when hooked up is from either the 1500 watt maximum oil-filled heater when I know it'll be well down the thermometer or the 700 watt new little guy that will cover the down-to-25 or so temperatures. Both assume site ameneties include 20-amp or better AC. I opt for the oil-filled heaters as delightfully quiet in their operation. I'm no fan of noise.

When it's cold and no access to 120 volts? A dog or two, or lots of those wonderful Hudsons Bay blankets.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:30 AM   #12
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When it's 10F like last November in a Walmart in WV, the noise of the furnace and blower is the
least of my worries. There was enough wind to blow the snow around, so it's too bad we didn't
have a small wind turbine to run a heater - I think Canadian Tire sells a smallish turbine that can produce
440W at 40kph wind speed, or something like that - you could run that little 700W heater on and off
for a few hours maybe. Just crank her up like a satellite dish and off you go. It WAS windy that night.
Too bad renewable energy isn't quite efficient enough yet to power the heaters and microwaves
and air conditioners without any help. Wouldn't it be nice to have a roof covered in high efficiency
panels that didn't cost $100K, or a small sized wind turbine that produces kilowatts/hour instead of
just a few hundred watts? Or a heat source that didn't require so much wattage to keep you warm at
night? I guess if you could carry enough batteries that you could run stuff and recharge in a few hours
that would be about as close as we'll get, but the weight of them would crush your suspension.
Is there an answer?
I'm thinking nuclear next year......
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:54 PM   #13
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Im with you, Mike. Nuclear is the solution. Just a little reactor, size of a lunch box or so? I read somewhere that a technology breakthrough had been made to make the fuel a little more user friendly. Funny, nothing more found after that single item. Had to do with how the fuel was packaged. Pellets instead of rods. Something like that.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:35 PM   #14
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What is the name of this small space heater? went to the local ACE and they never heard of it. Looks like a good triad off on the power requirement.
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Mine is "Lancaster". It may be sold under different brand names. I've it (or something very similar to it) in three stores, each with different packaging.
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Im with you, Mike. Nuclear is the solution. Just a little reactor, size of a lunch box or so? I read somewhere that a technology breakthrough had been made to make the fuel a little more user friendly. Funny, nothing more found after that single item. Had to do with how the fuel was packaged. Pellets instead of rods. Something like that.
Or, perhaps more like an "easy bake oven" style heater?
How much heat does a 15W incandescent bulb generate?
How long could you run one (or more) off of your renewable energy setup?
Or, just off your house batteries?
Here's a strange tirade by a guy in the States.
Not sure if it's real or just some guy's idle ramblings but here's the link..
http://www.toad.net/~jsmeenen/electric.html

Maybe a battery and light bulb would work as well as a radiant oil filled heater?
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Thanks I'll Google it now. Down here in Corpus that is about all one would need. 42% now and that's cold for me. W
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The version pictured is branded "Westpointer."
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:28 AM   #19
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THANKS for this post ( altho old) I found these in my local True Value, on sale for $19.95 and bought two.
I have used the full size kind for years and years as the heat in my building is forced air and I don't like it blowing dust all around. Plus it seems rooms get cold spots. I like the oil filled for QUIET and large heating area for it's size. I have a ceiling fan on low 24 hrs a day to circulate heat into all corners. I don't know about efficient-- they seem efficient as they cycle off and on MUCH less often than an equivalent ceramic/fan heater I have in the same room -- WHICH I TURN OFF AT NIGHT TO SLEEP- SO NOISY!!! An electrician told me once "watts are watts" as far as heat goes. I leave lamps on for heat, too.

So this little one is perfect for bathrooms. I am debating whether to take one in the van.... it takes up hardly any room, yay, but can only be used if I am plugged in- nay.
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Hey! I resemble this discussion. Mike, in my roll-your-own motor home, there never was a thought given to propane anything. Heat when hooked up is from either the 1500 watt maximum oil-filled heater when I know it'll be well down the thermometer or the 700 watt new little guy that will cover the down-to-25 or so temperatures. Both assume site ameneties include 20-amp or better AC. I opt for the oil-filled heaters as delightfully quiet in their operation. I'm no fan of noise.

When it's cold and no access to 120 volts? A dog or two, or lots of those wonderful Hudsons Bay blankets.
I hope the dogs and HBC blankies are handy, wherever you are, as it's getting COOOOOOLD out there!!!
I can't be bothered heading south for warmth as there doesn't appear to be any!!
Mexico is even looking frigid right now.
I hope everyone is safe and warm in this classic demonstration of global warming/climate change.
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