Propex Heater

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@caledonia this is Steve's smallest shed, btw (y) :cool:

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lol. I was doing the electrical work on quite an expensive loft conversion for someone who you wouldn't have thought could afford it. Taking a look around before starting and there was a board in the loft with a load of sockets, and quite a few bits of celotex insulation knocking about. Customer smiled when I asked about it and quickly moved on. Suddenly realised what was funding the conversion...
 

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Had one in my T5 and compared to a diesel heater there crap and hungry on battery usage. Nothing like the heat of a webasto or the like.
One of my brothers had a T5 conversion and it came with a Propex. He is a gas engineer type so I thought he would have liked it but hated it. Apparently very noisy for one thing.

Zombie, if you have access to lots of part-fileld bottles, what about rigging up a portable LPG heater? The Mr Heater Buddy is popular in the US and also those catalytic heater jobbies?
Amazon: Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater, 9K Btu, Propane, Red-Black, 1 Pack
 

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Hey WB,
Interesting about the Noise on the PROPEX Unit, Thanks for that 👍,
I hear what you’re saying Reference Portable Heater. But I don’t want trailing pipes or free standing heaters really.
I think if I don’t go down the PROPEX route then I will just Switch Bottles & Use what’s in them one at a time. I can take my two New FULL 6kg propane gas bottles out, & use the part full ones as they come available. Even if I fit a BBQ point as suggested to plug the Big Bottles into. The trouble is it looks unsightly & can’t ‘Really’ do that on many jobs I go to.
 

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One of my brothers had a T5 conversion and it came with a Propex. He is a gas engineer type so I thought he would have liked it but hated it. Apparently very noisy for one thing.

Zombie, if you have access to lots of part-fileld bottles, what about rigging up a portable LPG heater? The Mr Heater Buddy is popular in the US and also those catalytic heater jobbies?
Amazon: Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater, 9K Btu, Propane, Red-Black, 1 Pack
are they safe inside ? and do they cause damp . when i had buses ,i'd cut the front off a room heater and use that , but there was lots of ventilation .
 

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For what it's worth I've always fancied going the diesel route.

About a month ago I had a quick peek at a Sprinter van that had been newly converted last year by someone I know locally.
He'd fitted a diesel hab heater and he loves it.
He's been living in the for about the last 4 months and right through the freezing cold.
Says it's very toasty!

The main thing - it was actually quieter than a mouse! Can't remember what type it was.
Can always ask him and also exactly how he'd fitted it...
 

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are they safe inside ? and do they cause damp . when i had buses ,i'd cut the front off a room heater and use that , but there was lots of ventilation .
Dunno. They seem to be used a lot in the US as I said and have a lot of fans. not used on myself.

I remember having a calor gas room heater in a flat and that created a hell of a lot of condensation
 

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For what it's worth I've always fancied going the diesel route.

About a month ago I had a quick peek at a Sprinter van that had been newly converted last year by someone I know locally.
He'd fitted a diesel hab heater and he loves it.
He's been living in the for about the last 4 months and right through the freezing cold.
Says it's very toasty!

The main thing - it was actually quieter than a mouse! Can't remember what type it was.
Can always ask him and also exactly how he'd fitted it...
they are very effective :)

one other option the occasional person goes for .... Diesel Hob & Heater combo. can't recall the name but they are pricey! think 4 figures and I don't think the first starts with a 1 either.
 

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Hey WB,
Interesting about the Noise on the PROPEX Unit, Thanks for that 👍,
I hear what you’re saying Reference Portable Heater. But I don’t want trailing pipes or free standing heaters really.
I think if I don’t go down the PROPEX route then I will just Switch Bottles & Use what’s in them one at a time. I can take my two New FULL 6kg propane gas bottles out, & use the part full ones as they come available. Even if I fit a BBQ point as suggested to plug the Big Bottles into. The trouble is it looks unsightly & can’t ‘Really’ do that on many jobs I go to.
I have a propex one and I dont think is noisy and nor does the wife
 

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Hi ya 😊.
Out of interest do you know what model it is, How often would you say you use it, & Roughly how much Gas does it use Bradly speaking ?
HS2000 when we used it in the winter switch it on and leave it on just turn it down a bit as for gas no idea had a fitted tank, If this makes any sense


Propane Consumption: 1 lb every 3 hours (That's close to 60 hours run time for a 20 lbs propane tank. The heater doesn't run all the time, so we should get a few weeks out of a tank) Electrical Consumption: 1.6 amp. The heater is controlled by a thermostat and cycle ON/OFF to maintain the desired temperature.
Hope this helps
 

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Ours was noisy but it was under the bed. And because we only had one 110amp battery we used to start the engine before putting it on. We pretty much gave up on it and boiling the kettle on the gas stove to fill the hot water bottles would heat the place up better.
 

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HS2000 when we used it in the winter switch it on and leave it on just turn it down a bit as for gas no idea had a fitted tank, If this makes any sense


Propane Consumption: 1 lb every 3 hours (That's close to 60 hours run time for a 20 lbs propane tank. The heater doesn't run all the time, so we should get a few weeks out of a tank) Electrical Consumption: 1.6 amp. The heater is controlled by a thermostat and cycle ON/OFF to maintain the desired temperature.
Hope this helps
Sooooo Roughly 45hrs from a 6kg Bottle if CONSTANTLY running, so maybe Double that or at least say 75hrs on Thermostat Use I would suggest.
Ave say 4 Hrs at nt, 1 Hr in morning = 5 HRs a day
5hrs X 15days = 75hrs THATS 6kg not bad I guess. Even if I had to buy it By the Bottle it would only be say £1.70 a day. 🤔
Obviously all very loose guessing
 

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Sooooo Roughly 45hrs from a 6kg Bottle if CONSTANTLY running, so maybe Double that or at least say 75hrs on Thermostat Use I would suggest.
Ave say 4 Hrs at nt, 1 Hr in morning = 5 HRs a day
5hrs X 15days = 75hrs THATS 6kg not bad I guess. Even if I had to buy it By the Bottle it would only be say £1.70 a day. 🤔
Obviously all very loose guessing
The heat output is pretty poor so you will have it on full for longer than you think. Your wall mounted heater you have just now will create more heat in ten minutes than the propex would running all day.
 

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Oh, Right,,,,
Maybe I should ‘Learn to Like’ my existing heater then ☹.
It IS good hearing points of view from people that have had them though 👍
 

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I'm inclined to agree with Cal.
Gas stove, kettle and hot water bottles were all we ever needed most of the time (y)

We had a gas Truma (non-blow) wall heater in our old camper which worked brilliantly.
Can't remember the model number.
Didn't have to keep it on for very long to be roasting hot.
Keeping it on the lowest setting was also enough to keep the hab area warm for longer periods, even in really cold weather.
Not sure about the minus temperatures we've had the last few weeks though. :oops:

The newer van has a Carver 4000 'space heater'
It's gas or 240v with a blower. I (personally) don't think it's anywhere near as good as the old Truma was.
 
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