Oil-filled radiators

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  1. BobT

    BobT Trader - Tour Operator

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    I have noticed that many funsters use oil-filled radiators when on hook-up or during the winter storage. In the past I have tried a halogen heater or 3 x 40 watt tubular heaters (greenhouse heaters).
    Can anyone tell me if the oil-filled radiators are more efficient and if so roughly how much will I need to pay for a good one?

    Many thanks,

    BobT
     
  2. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    Personally whilst the van is not used I have found a fan heater set at the frost setting to be the best as it only comes on when the inside of the van drops to almost freezing and circulates air better around the van than static heaters. The one I have is a switchable 1KW or 2KW so when the van is in use and we have hookup and the weather is cold we put it on the 1KW setting. This is OK on all hookups.
     
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    All electric heaters are 100% efficient.

    There are two considerations:

    Safety.
    Heat distribution.

    Fan heater is probably best for sirring up the air, but not as safe and noisy.
    Oil filled is probably safest. Clothing can fall on it and not catch fire but corners remain cold.

    Greenhouse heaters and worst, lamp type heaters have little margin for error, catch the cable as you leave and you stand a good chance of an uninsured fire.
     
  4. Snowbird

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    Forgot to add, the one I use is a small catalytic fan heater with a fail safe device so that if it ever did get knocked over it would stop. I got it from either Aldi or Lidle. You cannot see any heating elements in it and using it on the frost setting it rarely if ever comes on, and then only for a short while.
     
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    heaters

    Hi, Bob we always use a small oil filled one its about 700 watts they have some in our local costco they are £40 or thereabouts very efficient in our van
     
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  6. Terry

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    I have a fan heater from Lidl and it has a remote control and is digital. This is easy to set and if you set it at say 24 degrees it will turn on and off within plus or minus 1 degree unlike 3 or 4 of the other fan heaters that can vairy up to 7 or 8 degrees before turning on :Sad:
    If they come on offer agian I will be getting another :thumb: I gave the oil filled one away as it was in the way and hot to touch
    Terry
     
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    You can get ones between 650w and 800w for around the £20 mark from Poundstretchers, The Original Factory Shop and Dunelm.
     
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    Tesco 500w oil filled about £20:thumb:
     
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    Hi
    Tried a 600w heater and found it not enough, travelling, last Winter went back to 2000w oil filled on thermostat - in a well insulated Burstner:thumb:
     
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    you sure you dont mean Ceramic Dave ?

    a catalytic heater uses lpg and a precious metal catalyst such as platinum wire mesh....hence the high price.

    the gas reacts with the catalyst producing heat with no true burning of the gas
    basically a chemical reaction.
     
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    I am sure a Funster had a problem with an oil filled radiator catching fire - so be careful.
     
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    NEVER leave radiant heater on and unattended in small confimes as the radiant heat can heat up materials high enougth to catch fire.

    Tubular heaters designed for greenhouses (cheap) can often get very hot.

    Panel heaters (respond more quickly but expensive), oil filled radiators (respond slowly but cheaper) and fan heaters (respond the fastest, cheap but very noisy at night) are much better.
     
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    Thats the one John :Doh:. A senior moment in my life. Bloody hell I seem to be having more and more of em :Sad:
     
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    I use oil filled rad in my old prison truck, and its very effective.:Smile:
     
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    That's about 30p an hour, quite expensive - for the campsite owner (unless metered!)
     
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    HI I HAVE A 1.5kW YOU CAN HAVE FOR £30
    ITS ONLY 4 MONTHS OLD
    (I DO NOT USE IT AS I HAVE A CONVECTION HEATER THAT I LIKE BETTER)
    I GOT IT FROM ARGOS

    YOURS IAN
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Yes indeed.. £7.20 per 24hrs..

    yet on another thread a member maintains that £5 for leccy cannot be justified as motorhomes could never use that amount..
     
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    Only stay overnight, travel every day, heater on for at most 8 hours - on a thermostat so not a constant drain - so probably less than 4 hours constant use = £1.20.

    I never complained about the cost of EHU but I don't motorhome in the winter to freeze at night.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    sorry, I wasn't pointing the finger at you, only making the point that it's easy to use £5 of leccy in 24 hrs.
     
  20. Barclaybasher

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    No apology needed - didn't think you were having a go.:Smile:

    Last Winter we used many different sites in England, Wales and France, they were very 'quiet' on more than a few we were alone.

    We were gratefull that at least some sites stay open all year round and I am sure that they were happy that at least somebody turned up.

    They wouldn't make money in the Winter months, but every little helps over the year.

    If EHU is included in the pitch price I would not use my gas for heating.....and I have no objection to a lower pitch price and paying for actual electric used:Smile:
     

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