Companion Gas Heaters

Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:15
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Hello everyone, Has anyone tried one of these portable Gas Heaters? They run on gas canasters and strictly speaking should be used outdoors.However, people do use them in their vans,with good ventilation and for short periods. Our camping store reckons they are ok IF used sensibly thanks johno
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:23

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:23
Companion have several different gas heaters, can you mention the model?
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:33

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:33
Shaker, Not sure. Has a ceramic burner.Might pick one up and get more details. I think they would be a hell of a lot safer than those reflective types.They come with safety shut down features. johno
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 14:59

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 14:59
Shaker, Decided to get one.Does a great job..really puts out some heat for a small unit ! johno
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:26

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:26
Hi Johno,

We have a similar type and find it is an effective way to heat our caravan on very cold outback nights and early mornings when we aren't powered.

You do need to ensure that you have adequate ventilation when using it though as they can be lethal!

Suggest you buy the combination propane/butane canisters for it as they will work at lower temps than the butane ones, if you can find them.

I haven't been able to locate any for a while so if you do, please let me know where.

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Follow Up By: spudseamus - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:58

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:58
Woolies have them iso- butane
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Follow Up By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 16:14

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 16:14
That is timely information. There is a Woolworths supermarket opening in my local town next week so i may go in for a look now i know.

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Follow Up By: johno59 - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 17:21

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 17:21
Thanks Heather, Been trying for a long time to get a safe indoor gas heater as we camp in the bush. This one seems just what we have been looking for ! Like lots of things gas, just need to use some commonsense with lots of ventilation!!! johno
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Follow Up By: Member - iijmartin - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 18:02

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 18:02
Hi Heather,

Our canister froze on the bottom this cold morning whilst in use. Does the propane/butane combination reduce/stop the canister from frosting up? Any other tips to stop this?
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Follow Up By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 18:31

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 18:31
Hi Ian and kathleen,

The butane/propane mix canisters will still work at a lower temperature.
We have turned on the gas oven to warm up the van a little first on very cold mornings, and sometimes I have convinced my husband to pre warm the canister in bed until it warms up a bit! I can't say he is very enthusiastic about doing this but it is effective!

Ohhh...and try to choose your campsite so it gets the first rays of sunlight in the morning as it makes this part of the day so much more attractive!

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Reply By: Honky - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:35

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 20:35
Big W also sold portable gas heaters that use those cartridges.
I got one some years ago and when I did the conversion of the BTU's I am sure it work out to be about 2kva heat output.
Works a treat and with my campervan I do not have to worry about ventilation as it has heaps.

Honky
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