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Old 10-08-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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webasto diesel hydronic heater worth it?

i am looking at buying a diesel water heater and was going to add heat exchacnges to heat the coach and the hot water. my question is this. the one i found is 24 volts, can i fix up a unit like a boat has and charge my two 12 volt batterys when traveling? will it be worth it over propane? any advice input is appreciated. thanks
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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Re: webasto diesel hydronic heater worth it?

Webastos are nice but man can they be pricey. If you have a really good deal, then go for it. Make sure it does OK at altitude (maybe not something they worried about with the boat version)

I love propane for cooking but don't like it for heat--you burn through it too fast unless you hang a 100 gallon tank underneath. It is just too limiting trying to find propane refills some times.
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You wont get any better heat than a Webasto. Know this though, you need to be OCD about maintenance if you are going to have one.
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lol ocd about maintenance. Is anyone really in love with anything that much? I have a brick house with a concrete drive because I hate maintenance. I have centipede grass in my lawn because if I don't wanna mow it wont get any higher than 4 maybe 5 inches. So I guess I should avoid anything that requires a lot of maintenance
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Its really not that bad. Change the nozzle once a year, run it for 30 mins every month, fuel filter every year. I run mine only on an Iota power supply that changes 110v to 12v. You need a strong 12v [or 24v] for them to run well. I am feeding mine 13.5v and it purrs.
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For those using diesel boilers, I'm wondering, how is the smell? Do you notice any exhaust?
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None. I have a 3' tailpipe on mine.
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