Snugger SF2 Portable Diesel Heater

Submitted: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 13:43
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Hi all, with winter almost here and perhaps an aging body that seems to feel the cold a bit more I've been wondering about some form of portable heating when I'm not where I can plug something electric into an AC outlet and have come across the Snugger SF2 Portable Diesel Heater.
Has anyone had any experience with such a beast?
Many thanks, Gary M.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 14:56

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 14:56
Interested too.
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Reply By: TomH - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:07

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 19:07
Reading the manual they are not exactly portable when in use as they have to be fixed to floor and vented to the outside and instructions are fairly specific and technical
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Follow Up By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:37

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:37
Hi Tom, you may be correct, I'll have a better look at the manual although their promo on their website http://www.dieselheatingaustralia.com/products-pricing/snugger-remote-sf2-diesel-heater/ seems to indicate that they can be stand alone.

I was hoping to put one under my awning and pipe the warm air back into the tent of my camper but early days in my investigating yet.

I've emailed them a few questions but only get brief one line replies which aren't completely reassuring. I asked last week where this product is available for viewing but haven't had a reply to that question.

Thanks for your input, Gary M.
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Reply By: Member - kev.h - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 13:31

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 13:31
Hi Gary you are right it can be stand alone and piped into your van but at that price i would have a good look at the genesis hot water system with cabin heater that is what I have think it was about $1800.00 continuous heating and as a bonus hot water

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Follow Up By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 13:43

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 13:43
G'day Kev, thanks for that suggestion. I don't need the hot water option but a mate of mine from where we used to live saw my post and phoned me, said he'd bought the Snugger stand and tank and fitted a Webasto Air Heater to it rather than use the Snugger as Webasto are a well known brand so I'm chasing this option up with the Snugger provider who reckons we can do a deal.
My old mate reckons it all works really well.
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 14:40

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 14:40
Remembering that the rules regarding things exhausting into Annexes have changed and if it does you must have at least 2 open sides which virtually ruins the idea of an annex.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:27

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:27
Thanks Tom, by annexe I really meant awning which has 3 sides open but on thinking further I'll probably put it at the back of the tent under my ute and pipe it in from there.
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Reply By: noggins - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 19:26

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 19:26
If you read their website carefully you can see the obvious advantages of their system.

Naturally you wouldn't have it inside the annex but if you put it under the van and point the exhaust / inlet out to the other side of the van it would be out of the weather, and if the air flow ducting were piped were into the annex and out it would work very well.

If you were to use it in a tent it would just need a small external A frame over it with the air flow piped into and out of the tent.

There was a system like this on the market from the USA that basically used a gas stove under it , but it was withdrawn off the market as the heat exchangers burned out too easily and it then pumped the monoxide into the tent.

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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:23

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 20:23
One thing to keep in mind is that all diesel heaters use a bit of power
when starting up (8A for this unit) so you'll need the battery capacity to run it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:29

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 09:29
Thanks HKB, think I've got that covered but time will tell.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 17:01

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 17:01
Using our Webasto diesel heater last weekend, and yes they do suck the power on start up, but i think from memory it only uses about 20 - 25 AH total running for a 12 hour period.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:34

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:34
Thanks Rumpig, sounds good to me.
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