Free standing electric heater recommendations please?

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  1. neilmac

    neilmac Read Only Funster

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    I'm looking for a heater to use in the motorhome while on EHU, preferably thermostatically controlled.


    Needs to be economical but effective and small enough to tuck away somewhere when not in use. During the recent cold spell I used a halogen heater which seemed to work well but after being on for a few weeks solid - the element blew next time it was switched on:Doh:.


    What do you use?
     
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    electric oil filled radiator is the most popular item.....600 to 800watt should do it.
    they are thermostatic and usually output adjustable.

    halogen heaters are great if you stand infront of them but they DO NOT heat the air or the fabric of the van...turn it off, instant cold.
     
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    Oil filled heater(s) ..:thumb:

    I have two wall mounted slim line Delonghi , 800 watt each .

    here is a 400 watt model http://www.musthaveit.com/products/details/delonghi-hlp400-slimline-oil-radiator/1000/

    Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for, ours were in constant use for almost three years when we were full time..

    I wouldn't trust a cheap Chinese oil filled heater, there have been reports of them leaking and shouldn't be left un attended ( that's on the instructions) .. no good when your out or asleep
     
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    i use two small oilfilled 1200w each.bought from argos.used them over festive hols some days at-16.worked a treat dident trip elct.good quality challenger brand with 3 heat setings and thermostat.
    hope this helps with your choise.
    JohnM :BigGrin:
     
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    Agree with both above posts - Oil Filled heaters.
    We got a 500 watt model which stores nicely under the dinette seat when not in use.:Smile:
     
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    poundstretchers had a small halogen heater with safety feature that if it tilts or gets knocked over it automatically switches off. It was £7 dont know whether they still have any
     
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    Those two are pretty opposing conditions.

    If you need 1kW then you need 1kW, economy does not come into it ( apart from purchase price ).

    Other way round, every 1kW heater puts out 1kW.

    I use a fan heater because that stirs the air around and slightly reduces all the heat rising to the roof. Not good noise wise.

    I do see come crap in adverts, like "high tech ceramic element gives maximum heat". Load of bollox.
     
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    I've found that type very good as personal heaters, person feels the heat rather than it just rising to the ceiling.

    I'm a bit unhappy on the safety front - kick one as you walk out, point it to the furniture and you have good fire potential.
     
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    Dont hold back Brian, say what you think !!

    Jim
    :Laughing:
     
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    It really *annoys* me. People pay vastly inflated prices based on the advert implying they get out much more heat than other electric heaters.

    So what else is new in our society.
     
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    i have an oil filled rad and a russell hobbs fan heater called a 'quiet fan' and it really is only real noise is the clicking when it kicks in and out, I wish i had bought more than one when i saw them as i havent seen them about for a couple of years now, and find the one ive got great, I refuse to use the blow heater furnace thing on my van as i find it too noisy by far
     
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    I've been looking for something like that for about 300 years.

    Does it have a part number ?
     
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    Fan heaters are good for a quick blast of heat .. but I'd never leave one unattended .. nor have I ever found a truly quiet one.. no matter what the bumf says, they all make noise.
    Quality oil filled rads are great for background heat and IMO are much safer than fan heaters..
     
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    I posted the other day that, in response to a suggestion on this site, we bought a 700 watt one from Tesco,for the 'van, just before Christmas.

    We arrived home on 1 January to find c/h had bust. We've got a woodburner used for coal in the main living room, anyway, and two other electric/oil rads in the bedroom and corridor.

    Here, in the study where I spend all the daylight hours, and more, we've had this little thing on non-stop, 24/7 in today's money, since 1 Jan. Fingers crossed, it's still fine ( I'll kill Jom Lad if it packs up during this present post!) It's pretty snug, but we've got 12 ins. insulation in the roof, good double glazing and well-insulated walls.

    C/H man will be here on Feb 12 - we're off the beaten track in Glen Haggis. Meantime, we snug as bugs in rugs.

    It's called a Mini grzejnik olejowy if you're reading this in Poland!
     
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    BE VERY CAREFUL, my son and family's appartment was burnt to the ground when an oil heater started leaking hot oil. Two or three hours later they would have been asleep and would have known nothing about it, until the smoke alarms went off. An alternative scenario is too much to think about.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/east-bays-courier/2451446/Familys-lucky-escape

    That was a bit of a shock to us at the time.

    Rgds

    Edit Just to add we use the following heaters, solid built,

    http://www.jcelectrics.com/shopp/Heating/MPH Range.htm

    Rgds
     
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    We've got Webasto diesel heating on the MH. Which we think is fab.

    Though if we are paying for hook up we use an electric heater's.
    We've got a small noisy little fan heater, which we use when touring here n there.
    If we know we are going to be in a certain place for a while we take a larger silent 2 kw convector heater. Its got thermostat control, 3 heat settings and thermal overload protection.
    Ralph got ours from Screw Fix ,
    Quote 39438-11 £20.37.
    Soon warms the place up, and fits perfectly below the wardrobe central in the MH. So its not too hot for the bunks lounge or luton.
    Bev:Smile:
     
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    russell hobbs -
    quiet fan heater-
    model : 12751 -
    220-240v-50hz,1700-2000w

    if you should find them over here i would like another one or two,
    have found them on google but not over here. link below

    http://www.markpeak.com/en/product_detail.aspx?fid=95
     
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    Does this ebay sale look like it ? Is it really *that* quiet ?

    270517455909
     
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    no , it looks similar but thats not the one
     
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