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Old 11-29-2015, 10:54 AM   #1
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Gas Line for indoor propane heater

I am wondering if anyone ordered an inside gas line or added one for an indoor heater like Mr. Heater? A lot of folks that boondock use these in the winter since the furnace uses a lot more propane and battery.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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Why would the furnace use a lot more propane to heat the same area? Running an unvented gas heater in a confined area is not a good practice IMHO
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:54 AM   #3
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Actually, it's potential is deadly. Why fix what ain't broke to save an amp?
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These units have been used quite successfully, but you do need to allow for makeup air for combustion. They have a few advantages, they do not use up your battery power, all the heat burned is retained inside thus the use of less propane, and they are quiet. Heck, you can have no power and they still work. I think the high efficiency rate is somewhat negated by having to have a couple windows or vents cracked for adequate ventilation. Most units I have seen will shut off if the oxygen level gets too low.

But, these days with adding solar to ensure the battery stays well charged, with it you would not have to worry so much about draining the battery.

Myself, I just could not see using one, as even if they won't kill you, they certainly are not that healthy. Besides, I like it cool, adds to the snuggling effect.
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I am wondering if anyone ordered an inside gas line or added one for an indoor heater like Mr. Heater? A lot of folks that boondock use these in the winter since the furnace uses a lot more propane and battery.
When we were having our trailer built I briefly entertained having the standard heater left out of the build and installing a Platinum Cat direct vent heater. Common sense prevailed and with the dual six volt batteries we have been more than happy. Scott

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Jim, I know you boondock a lot, and it can get brisk in Quartzite at times in the winter. You have not had an issue with the furnace draining your batteries even in the winter with the low sun angle? Some folks do complain about the furnace kicking on and off all night waking them up, our 21 has the furnace right next to the bed now with the location change.
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I see us having windows cracked and the vent open anyway just to help combat condensation so they will be open whether we use the furnace or Mr Heat Buddy
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Jim, I know you boondock a lot, and it can get brisk in Quartzite at times in the winter. You have not had an issue with the furnace draining your batteries even in the winter with the low sun angle? Some folks do complain about the furnace kicking on and off all night waking them up, our 21 has the furnace right next to the bed now with the location change.
As you may have seen me mention, I have spent 4 days camping where temps at night get a bit below freezing, and have never ran out of battery power. Plus, I have never yet had solar, except for a small 40W panel that only rarely gets used.

We do turn our furnace down at night to 9°C ( 50°F) and sleep with lots of cozy blankets. This saves on the furnace running too much.
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LOL, I understand!
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