Chinese diesel heaters (1 Viewer)

Jun 20, 2022
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So starting back to the UK next week got me to thinking about winter use off ehu. Don't have gas in the van so diesel is only real choice. There is not much space left so was wondering how hot these get and how far away from damageable surfaces they need to be. Also I see some have carrying handles and self contained fuel tanks making them fairly portable. Has anyone used one in the house? May be an alternative to electric heating if(when) power cuts are with us. Also how much do they cost to run? May work out cheaper than alternatives. What does everyone think?
Dennis
 
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Jun 20, 2022
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Don't have gas in van. Is a self build didn't have time or money to involve gas Safe engineer. Use portable stoves or ehu two ring hob and mini oven
 

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Nov 12, 2015
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Surely the biggest issue is suitable exhaust system so hardly portable to be used around the house, same as in the van I would think they need to be fixed and have exhaust?
 
Apr 6, 2019
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Portable versions - yes. But still need somewhere to point the exhaust

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Jun 20, 2022
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Easy to install a 4inch outlet to connect to in van and house but how hot do they get when running?
 
Nov 18, 2011
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I have one in my van and one in my boat been using them about for year's with next to no problems in that time I have just had to replace a heteter plug
Thay run really good on kerosene hetting oil
I am not recommending it but I do runy one on 25% waste oil
Bill
 
Sep 17, 2017
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From what I've seen, the Chinese diesel heaters are generally pretty good. Isn't the biggest issue with them that they are quite noisy?
 
Nov 18, 2011
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From what I've seen, the Chinese diesel heaters are generally pretty good. Isn't the biggest issue with them that they are quite noisy?
Ther is sume noise from the pump and exust but I can live with it hardly note's it now.
Bill

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Sep 3, 2012
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We saw a funster using a portable one and had it running outside his van with the hot air outlet piped into his van via a hole in his garage floor which was then ducted to his van interior.
The exhaust was outside with the heater and the air intake was away from the exhaust but he was drawing cold air from outside through the heater to the inside rather warmer air from inside the van .
It seemed to be reasonably quiet.,the pump was inside the contained unit...
 
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Jun 20, 2022
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Can see that having it outside would work but like Jimbohorlicks said would mean heating cold air all the time. Does nobody know how hot they actually get? Would only have about three inches clearance between back of seat and kitchen unit around heater is this enough?
 
Dec 12, 2010
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The one in my workshop certainly doesn't get any where near hot enough to melt it's plastic housing and realistically, those all in one units have the plastic fuel tank within an inch of the heater itself, so should be pretty safe ? The stainless steel exhaust pipe does get very hot though, mine's wrapped in glass fibre tape and that would be the only thing I would be concerned about ?
 
Jan 16, 2014
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I have fitted one in our classic VW camper and one externally to heat and out building.One is the standard type and the other the all in one type.Both easy to install and very efficient.Not particularly noisy.Worth joining the CDH Facebook page and https://www.vanlifeuksurvivorsguide.co.uk/ .The latter is housed in a large plastic tool box
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Dec 2, 2019
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The heater itself it gets hot to touch, but is protected by the shell casing. The hottest part you need to care is the exhaust. The intake for heating needs about 50mm clearance for good airflow, otherwise will overheat. The intake air for combustion, should be from outside. Usually if is fitted inside, both exhaust and combustion intake go trough the floor, via plate to protect the floor.
Search for “The wrinkly nomads” on YouTube. That gentleman has some installation videos that will give you a idea.

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Jul 7, 2021
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I try to stay away from Chinese stuff, they have far to much power already, so much that it is impossible to buy completely Chinese free🤷🏻‍♂️
 
Apr 3, 2018
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As stated above the outer shell should remain relatively cool....
However problems can arise when shutting the heater down.... 12v supply MUST be maintained for a considerable time until the fan stops allowing any latent heat that has built up to be disappated even after burner is off.
 

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