Which heater?

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  1. Rob

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    Hi all
    We are looking to get a heater for our MH..it has blown air heating but dont want to leave the fire on all night. We also have a small electric blown air heater but this is too noisy.

    Was basically after any recommendations for a small electric radiator type heater?

    Thanks in advance

    Rob
     
  2. Larrynwin

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    We always use a 2kw oil filled rad for when on site and when stood up in the winter.
     
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    as above
     
  4. Chockswahay

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    We have been using 2 of THESE for the last 4 weeks (been on the hook full time in Aberdeen.....COLD OUTSIDE) and we have stayed warm and toasty :xThumb: They are compact and easy to stow when you are not using them :)
     
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    We use the cheapo convector heaters with thermostat (Argos type of thing) when on hook up as there is nothing to go wrong with them, do wonder about heating up a container of oil.
     
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    we also have a couple of those that chocksaway put the link to, think we got ours from either screwfix or toolstation, only 400watts each but most of the time they keep our truck warm enough, if you just want a gentle background heat try the tubular heaters we have a couple of these fitted under our seat bases so the warm air rises in the gap between the van side wall and the seat backs, also one in the washroom http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Hea...ular+Heater+60W+55+x+305mm/d230/sd3168/p32265 we use the 120 watt models with wire guards on the ones in the seat bases
     
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    I should add that the link is to the seller we bought from............ best price on the 'net. Delivered quickly too :xThumb:
     
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    Your blown air heating dousn't have an electric setting no?
     
  10. Rob

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    Thanks for all the replies

    Are the electric ones mentioned above quiet enough and safe enough to be left to be left on all night?

    Not a clue Tim re. electric setting

    As its all new to us im just presuming its blown air from the gas fire??

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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    As electric heaters are nearly 100% efficient I fail to see how one can be 30% more efficient than another.
     
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    See Dimplex link - their claim (when comparing to an oil filled column radiator) not mine!
     
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    How can any electric heater give 30% more output than another of the same wattage ? Surely with electric heaters you get exactly the amount of heat the wattage says it might be distributed in a different way ( fan etc) but only get what it says.

    David
     
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    Just looked at the dimplex site they have a graph of temperature against time I think they mean the surface of the heater gets 30% hotter than an oil filled heater so better chance of burning your skin on one!!!
     
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    Manufacturers description:
    "With its unique oil free heating technology the Dimplex Eco Chico 700W Oil Free baby column heater provides more heat faster than a standard oil filled baby column radiator of the same heat output*. When using a portable heater you want to feel its warmth quickly and the Eco Chico from Dimplex does just that. The absence of oil means that the OFRB7 heats up very quickly indeed. In fact manufacturer laboratory tests show that this economical oil free column heater, provides approx 30% more effective room heat than an equivalent output oil filled column radiator, based on the average room temperature after one hour*. The unique patented fin design provides enhanced heat distribution making the Eco Chico perfect for almost any modest size room in the house, and because it has no oil there is no risk of leaking; it's light enough to move from room to room; plus it's easier to recycle/dispose of at the end of its useful life. With thermostatic control the Eco Chico offers user control over temperature and energy consumption, and it's compact design makes this nifty little heater easy to store away when not in use. The Eco Chico has been fully and independently safety tested to stringent BEAB Intertek standards and comes complete with a 3 year manufacturers warranty.
    *Tests carried out on 2kW output model.

    Oil Free heaters are a new development in Portable heating. Some are styled like traditional oil filled column heaters whilst others are more modern in design. Like their oil filled counterparts outputs vary from 700w to 3kW. The main benefit with oil free radiators is that they warm up very fast, are lighter in weight (yet durable) and responsive to providing heat when you need it in comparison to oil filled products. In terms of energy saving features, look out for thermostats, heat settings and timers. More advanced features include electronic climate control, remote controls, and twin panel elements to increase control over the appliance."
     
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    Can be easily moved even when hot as has parts on sides that stay cool:xsmile:
     
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    Convector heaters naturally heat up quicker but they also cool quicker.
    An oil filled rad by its design holds heat longer and maintains a more constant heat.
    As far as leakage is concerned, we have used them for years and much like the sump on your m home or car, no reason for them to leak . It's unlikely that they are filled with an oil that will corrode metal.
     
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    We use Dragon oil filled radiators at home as weight & portability not so important but also with the risk of damage too when travelling prefer the oil free Eco Chico for the motorhome. It's down to personal choice & what suits your needs best:xsmile: Only trying to help by sharing our experience...
     
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    We normally use an oil filled radiator but we have just bought a convection heater from Lidl (£19.99) which we will be testing over the New Year providing we can get the van out of storage. The reason we are lookng to change is simply because of weight, the convection one being much lighter.
     
  20. Chockswahay

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    The ones I mentioned are convector heaters.......... NO noise........... they are thermostatically controlled............we leave them on 24 hours a day............... the low output of 500W each allows much more flexibility than one more powerful heater (we have one at each end of the van) and turn one off if the van gets too hot!)

    Also, at £11.95 they are the cheapest you will find :xThumb:
     
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