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Old 11-18-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?

I'm looking for an inexpensive space heater for the bus. Right now I've got two like this: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1 ... ogId=10053, but I have to run them on the low setting or they cut out. They are really not doing the job.

So which heaters work well? How about the oil-filled heaters? Or the radiant heaters? Or just plain old utility heater with heating elements and a fan?

Here are some of the options I'm considering:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1 ... ogId=10053

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1 ... ogId=10053

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1 ... ogId=10053

Anyone have experience with any of these types of heaters?

I want to get something next week because we will be spending the night in the bus on Thanksgiving, and will have access to electric.

Thanks!
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for around $50?

I am with Smitty the oil filled space heater have many benefits, quite, even heat you cant beat them.
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for around $50?

Thanks guys, I guess I have my answer! God, I love the internet!

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Re: Which is the best electric heater for around $50?

We have a Patton Milkhouse type. It's 1500W (two fan speed) and heats well. I have got to dig it out of the shed because we are using Staceys similar unit (lakewood brand) but it doesn't heat as well as the Patton. Looks similar, similar ratings but just doesn't heat as well as the heavy duty Patton we have. When we downsized our storage units, I sold off about three of these. Only kept one. We like this brand. When it tips over (even if not completely) it will shut off. Stacey's heater will not. I believe we bought most, if not all, from Wal-Mart. I know the last one (the one we currently have) is from WalMart.

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I have had 2 of them oil radiators going all day. That surely wont cut it for me, not even close. Bummer...I was thinking they might be a good idea too.
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Thermo-insulated curtains all around. Nothing done to the ceiling though. I couldnt find a way to do the ceiling. I would rather spend more to heat than fuss with the ceiling. In the future, we might put something up there but not sure what yet. I cant afford to lose any more height though.
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?

i got two of them oil filled ones going in my rv
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T... Nothing done to the ceiling though... I cant afford to lose any more height though...
Perhaps you should try what George Myers did to his coach when he needed to have more insulation although I would have added a lot more than he did. He added 1 inch... if going to that much trouble, I would have added at least 4 inches.

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Re: Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?

Seems like we have some different opinions on this subject (imagine that!) . I can see how the large size of the oil-filled heaters would be a drawback, especially in my relatively small bus. I may need to set the heater in a cabinet, so I'd also like to have one with a fan that pushes the heat out rather than just a radiator. I may try one of the utility heaters like Lorna mentioned. I really like the small size of the ceramic heaters I have, but they do not function properly since they cut out when on the "high" setting. Has anyone else experienced that type of problem with a heater?
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Re: Which is the best electric heater for less than $50?

It could be a faulty hi-limit thermal switch in the heater, I have worked a bunch on brewers and hi end vending systems and I have noticed space heater I have played with off the clock have these switches and they are not as reliable as they can be especially when they get a bit older.
Here is a picture of one check the voltage while the unit is on and watch if it kills the power to the element or if the issue is up stream from the problem

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