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Old 04-01-2016, 12:34 AM   #1
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Electric heat

I have really progressed in my build with all mechanical systems in and most of the interior.
I will be spending a lot of time plugged in so I,m thinking of adding electric heat.
Namely a couple of Pik a watt fan forced heaters. 750-2000 watts, These have enclosed elements instead if hot wires and mount in the wall.

I had one of these in my last trailer that worked very well. But I had it close to the floor and was reminded that propane is heavier than air and if a leak developed with the heater on... BOOM!
Has any one mounted these things up high like in the front and rear end caps?
Any input?

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:11 AM   #2
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The problem with that is cold air is heavier than warm so head would stay in the ceiling.
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:23 PM   #3
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I'm thinking of getting radiant floor heating. Found some on HD that seems to have low wattage requirement, and I've read that radiant floor heating is pretty nice.

IdealHeat 7 ft. 5 in. x 20 in. 110-Volt Radiant Floor Heating Mat-RSG 20-75-110M - The Home Depot
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:58 PM   #4
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I have a bit of a problem seeing how 149 watts is going to make much heat. Those immersion coffee cup heaters are 300. All of those small space heaters are 1500.
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hmm, you might be right, I've never lived with radiant floor heat so I don't know how good it really is...

The 400 watt portable oil heater I found plus an electric blanket and BADASS insulation still seems to be my favored bet for the bus... MB a tiny woodstove for emergencies.
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:05 AM   #6
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That looks like it would be an electric blanket for your floor. Does that need to be mortared into the floor or something? It's got webbing to maintain the distance between loops. That could heat a small thermal mass, like under tile.

Gettin to fancy for my bus.
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