Botanico heater

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  1. maz

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    Looks ok , if a tad pricey, and with two heat settings it will be fine on most EHUs.. ..

    despite what any maker claims, all fan heaters are noisy ..

    for all round use I prefer an oil filled heater.. at around 800 watt .. and a fan heater for a quick heat up in the morning.
     
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    Not familiar with this product, but it does look a little bulky.

    Would you not be better opting for a flat style fan heater?
     
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    Hi Maz
    http://www.tjhughes.co.uk/fcp/product/brands-for-less/Heating-and-Cooling/Pifco-Flat-Fan-Heater/6359
    been using one like this for the last couple yrs and a similar one for 5/6 yrs before that :thumb:I have felt pen marks for heat settings that suits us ie night time and day time setting :thumb: Usually stick it in the front floor area between the seats blowing into the back.On the low setting -1000w- on slow fan it is not overly noisy-we sleep with it coming on and off and find it OK :thumb:
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    Hi,
    Any reason why you can't use the heating on board when on hookup?
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    Hi do you mean the on-board heater ? ie my Truma ? if so I use it only when not on H/Up
    Reason being £15 fan heater to wear out as opposed to £500 Truma :Wink: Also the Truma in my van is gas blown air and the leccy is free on h/up :thumb:
    terry
     
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    Agreed... unless it's metered leccy, then LPG is cheaper :Wink:
     
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    :thumb::thumb::Wink: Especially when using my refill adapter :Rofl1::Doh: I mentioned refill adapter :BigGrin:
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    you will be excommunicated if you start another [lpg] flame war :Laughing:
     
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    seems ok

    Hi Maz,

    For £20 that seems a bloody good deal, considering it`s for a greenhouse should make it a bit more robust than a cheapy, plus I like the frost setting, so can be left on over winter to protect the van.
    We like it, think we`ll be getting one of those, thanks for bringing it to our attention. :thumb:
     
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    Most of them have a frost setting :thumb: The little Pifco's are well made and been around yrs :thumb: Pays your money and make your choice :Wink:
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    Just me personally but I would never 'trust' a fan heater left unattended in a motorhome..

    Yes, in the event of the fan failing it will have an overheat cut-out .. but I wouldn't be happy with that. .. if things can go wrong ... etc.

    IMHO an oil filled heater with a frost stat is a lot safer .. but even these come with a warning not to leave unattended, but no doubt to absolve blame if it goes wrong ..
     
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    Hi,
    I can use use my heating on jusr electric when on hook up, without using any gas, and I think its the same on the Burstner 821.

    I just leave in set to 1 (goes up to 9) which is about 8 degrees.
    The thermostat will cut in at the appropiate times.

    Should I not be doing this?

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    Oooh, I hope so - that would be great. :Smile: I was thinking that it still needed LPG to heat the boiler and would just use the hook-up to power the pump.
     
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    Hi you need to know if your heater has both gas and electric elements - lots do but also lots don't :BigGrin:
    Yes it is fine to leave it on :thumb: My idea is that a 15 quid heater be it fan or oil is better to use than your 500 - 950 quid van heater,after all they all wear out eventually.? WHAT WOULD YOU RATHER PAY FOR A WORN OUT HEATER £15 OR £500 / 950
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    Good news for me - the heater in the van I'm getting has an electric element as well. :thumb:

    Think the Botanico heater looks a good alternative tho' - will check it out next time I'm near a garden centre.
     
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    Hi

    When I used to grow more plants in the greenhouse used one of these or similar, ours ran for 5 years almost continuously either as a heater or as a fan in hot weather. Just out of curiosity have just plugged it in still works OK.


    Dave .:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi, I think that one of the reasons that an oil heater should not be left unattended is in case it leaks:Eeek:

    S
     
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    That is correct, especially some of the cheap ones..

    If you are buying as we were when to use 24/7, better to invest in a good quality one such as DeLonghi .. but then you pay a premium price .. Our two wall mounted slim line models were about £60 each .. but as I said, were on all day every day during winter.

    If you leave a cheap one unattended better to sit on a metal tray such as a turkey roasting dish .. much as you do with a British made motorcycle :Wink:
     
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