catalytic heater

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 15:10
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Hi all,
I was considering buying a catalytic heater for our 14'6'' caravan. Is there anyone out there that can tell me the pros and cons of these heaters, the better brand to buy, and how safe are they really?
Take Care, Terry c5
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:02

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:02
No un-flued gas burning heater is safe in an enclosed space.
I expect it will say this (in words to that effect) on the box.
Carbon Monoxide does kill.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:22

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:22
Yes, I agree with Peter.
Death can be rather permanent. Heating yourself outside the van by radiant heat, is OK with ventilation, inside the van NO.
I have installed a diesel heater to my 17' van. Exhaust is outside and warm air inside. Never to mix them is best.

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Follow Up By: gbc - Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:36

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 at 19:36
I have a Coleman black cat heater, and can confirm they have the relevant scary stickers and warnings. They are not something you would trust inside a van. Reverse cycle or diesel furnace is the safe option.
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Follow Up By: terry c5 - Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:13

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:13
Thanks all for the feedback, looks like a catalytic isn't the way to go. "She who must be obeyed" got a bit chilly recently in minus 3 deg. temps. Looks like having to wrap her up in a doona. I suggested a brisk walk before retiring "If looks could kill".
I reckon the temp. dropped another 5 deg. inside the van with that look.

Thanks again,
Terry c5.
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Follow Up By: eaglefree - Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 23:10

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 23:10
Met a fellow at Binnaway nsw that installed a diesel heater from ebay. Some dont have an exhaust nor fuel tank so be aware but his has worked like a charm around $900. Push button start should make your wife happy
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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 05:57

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 05:57
We got ours from snugger Australia for that money with the whole kit, warranty and a bloke you ring and get installation hints from - and full spare parts backup. We like ours. I did buy a webasto intake silencer for it too which makes it quieter again.
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