Low watt 240v Heater

Submitted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 17:12
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We are chasing a heater to use with our Yammy 1kva generator, so looking for around 800w.Anyone one use a good heater with same wattage??Brand?
We really need it for bub(2mths old) while working our way north so may only get used a few nights but carnt have little one freezing.
There are plenty about 1000w or above and we do have one thats selectable 400w/400w/400w but it lights up the camper like a flood light.
4 weeks and we'll be on our way....yeeehaaa
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Reply By: SimonW - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:02

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:02
Hi Nick,
We have been in the same situation a few years ago & have a 1kva Kipor & a camper trailer & tried many heater options to keep the little guys warm as you can only wrap them up so much & then they wiggle out of it all, although the little sleeping bag suits with hoods are great, anyway in my experience they were all a total waste of money for the return of heat they produced not to mention the noise of the generator. So for the last 4 years we use a coleman catalytic heater & it has been fantastic, below 0c nights & it will keep the camper at 13c which is good, last year we upgraded to the procat with the fan & we have this run off the battery in the camper & a extension gas hose to the bottle outside & this has been the pinnacle of comfort in heating we have been looking for. We leave a window open a little for air flow & run a smoke & carbon monoxide alarm as piece of mind when the eyes are closed.

Kids are now 5 & 3 & out of portacots & in bunks, so on those realy cold nights we keep the heater running only when we are in camper with them & it resides under the ladder to the bed.

Hope this helps, Simon.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:25

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 18:25
What about a Dometic diesel heater ? Fabulous bit of gear and small too.
Willie.
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:05

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:05
G'day Nick,

I also am in the market for a low wattage heater. Preferably a fan heater as I already own a Honda eu10.

Christine and I are about to take delivery of our new custom built Evernew, just a small one mind you, and would like to be able to "knock" the chill off of a morning.

I have looked at various gas heaters and the Coleman catalytic in particular, I still have reservations about gas in the caravan.

Would have loved to have had a Webasto Diesel Heater installed when the van was being built but out of our price range.

Ian
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Follow Up By: Pete & Poss - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:40

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 13:40
G'day Ian,

When we free camp we use a 4" terracotta pot on the gas stove. We make sure the caravan has enough venting and it works very well. We have just picked up our new Evernew caravan last month and are very happy with it.

Pete & Poss
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:22

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:22
What are you going to use in the places where you are not allowed to use generators.

Like quite a few NAT parks etc.

Also a good way to become unpopular when amongst other campers.

Perhaps one of the more quiet options would be the way to go.

Cheers.



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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:48

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 19:48
We try to camp out most of the time, just find a bush track and head up it so most times people arnt a problem.And once we get a bit higher up we wont need a heater.
We arnt the type to run a genny and ruin anyones peace and quiet.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:40

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:40
Thank's Graham,

Not all who use generators are inconsiderate of others.

How about we stay on subject.

Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 09:26

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 09:26
I fully realise that but not all are.

As the post was about using a heater with a gennie I wasnt o/t
and was merely pointing out they are not usable everywhere and also not liked by many.

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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:56

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 21:56
I reckon I'd go for a small gas unit that screws on the top of a gas cylinder. Much more efficient, and lots quieter.

Kids seem to do better with a nice warm blanket/eiderdown/doona rather than having their rooms heated.

Bob
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Reply By: Member - Paul Mac (VIC) - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:04

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 23:04
G'day Nick,

I personally don't have one of these heaters but they look like something your after.

The Sitro Group's office and display rooms are in Mt Waverley in Melbourne.

I believe they cost around $230

Gasmate Portable Ducted Camping Heater - PCH500

Cheers.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:01

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:01
We have a bar type radiator with z X 500 watt elements $9.95 at sams wharehouse - they don't put out light like those others.

However a better option we use is an IR heat lamp bulb , sort of like the bathroom heater globes but IR only , they just have a red glow.

Can be mounted on a wall for saftey.

They project heat very well , we usually use ours off our 600 watt cheap inverter.

Great for sprains to.




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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:38

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 08:38
Thanks Robin,

I Will follow up on that option.

Apologies to Nick for any thread hijack.

Ian
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Reply By: Honky - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 09:48

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 09:48
I was also looking at running a low wattage heater with a small generator in a bush camping situation where noone else is around.
The gasmate is not yet approved and they have no stock.
The compertrailer.org site has also been in touch with the importers and most likely announce when it is available.
But back to the electrical heater.
I was in Bunnings last night and they had a 5 bar oil heater at 700 watts on special for $19.95. A cheap experiement
No light or fan noise.
It gets hot bot should not cause a fire.

Honky
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 21:18

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 21:18
Thanks for all replies.We called into Bunnings yesterday to look at the bar oil heaters and came away with a 1500W/750W ceramic fan heater for $25.Test ran it today (750W) off the genny and handles it nicely and throws out plenty of heat.Also has safety cut out switch if its knocked over.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 21:39

Saturday, May 09, 2009 at 21:39
I think you'll do well with that Nick.

We use a ceramic heater on the back veranda in Melbourne to sit outside (we're filthy smokers) and on the 1000 watt setting it produces immense heat, far more than a conventional fan heater on 2000 watts.

Cheers,

Jim.

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