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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
 
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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 Broken Link Removed we use the 120 watt models with wire guards on the ones in the seat bases
 
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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 :)
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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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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These are like an oil filled heater but better as they heat up quicker, give 30% more heat, are light & small to move around & store, no chance of oil leak plus 3 year guarantee - Dimplex Eco Chico 700w http://www.dimplex.co.uk/products/d...eating/oil_free_radiators/eco_chico/index.htm
Not cheap at around £50 but far outperform any oil filled radiator of that size that we have had:xThumb:
As electric heaters are nearly 100% efficient I fail to see how one can be 30% more efficient than another.
 
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Wombles

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As electric heaters are nearly 100% efficient I fail to see how one can be 30% more efficient than another.
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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Wombles

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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
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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Wombles

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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!!!
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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Wombles

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

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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I have used a DeLonghi 500w oil filled radiator for years and personally think its brilliant,reasonably small and light,silent.
Often leaving on EHU in the coldest months on the frost setting and seems robust.
Think came from Argos and can't remember but reckon £30 or so.
We are on 6amp hook up in Portugal and working fine.
 
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Your blown air heating dousn't have an electric setting no?

I'm with you Tim, we seem to get the same question every week, am I just lucky to have electric heating in my MH?

or do you all carry these as back up?

get an Alde system next time 3Kw wet system, brilliant, no need to carry extra rads
 
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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

If it's a Truma like ours on the wall above the heater is a control for the electric function of the heater. Try it on 2000 and set your blower on low, that's if you have a Truma.
 
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Not long enough!
My old Auto-sleeper had electric while on hook up, and gas when not, but the newer Hymer only has Gas unfortunately, dunno why, was it a extra?

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there is nothing to go wrong with them, do wonder about heating up a container of oil.

Funny I take the opposite view. A piece of cloth on the element type and you might have a fire, a piece of cloth on oil filled is no problem.

Oil can leak.
 
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Funny I take the opposite view. A piece of cloth on the element type and you might have a fire, a piece of cloth on oil filled is no problem.

Oil can leak.
Fair point. We always make sure nothing can fall from above onto the top of it but don't know how much heat you would have to generate before paper caught light. (don't want to find out)
 
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We tried our new convection heater over the new year and these are our findings.

For: instantaneous heat when switched on. Built in timer. Light weight.

Against : instantaneous cold when switched off which we had to do when using other electrical devices such as kettle. Didn't seem as warm as our oil filled heater when on the same power settings.

Conclusion: probably will revert to the oil filled radiator which gives more consistent heating.
 
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