Van Heater

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  1. rcproperty

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    right been testing out a heater that you can mount in the van for the last week, in the house to start with.


    I have had it set up in the celler, pluged in and with a thermometer sitting about 4 inches away from it.

    the start temp was 19. turned it on and after the while the temp peaked at 26.4

    it was pluged into a monator to mesure the power it uses. it was pluged in for 48hours with out being turned off and only used 4.4Kwh.

    The average cost for a standard domestic user in UK is about 12.5p per KWh. depending who you are with.

    so 48 hours constaint use costs £0.55p

    this can also run on an inverter if neede without draining the battery to much depending what leasure battery you have. but only as a one off as it will drain the battery.

    going back to the costs, some people use an Immersion Heater to heat the water.
    a standard immersion heater is 3kw, so it would take 2 hours to heat 100 litres of water. only if there is no heat loss,
    so 6kw per 100 litres. 500lt tank - 10 hours - 30kw used costing £3.75

    pictures and more after tests in van next week!
     
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  2. mark m

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    cheap and a nice idea , I like to use a immersion heater for the sake of you say £3 a day it keeps my van warm all day and i can work all day not worrying about my hose freezzing etc in the snow
     
  3. rcproperty

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    that prices for the immersion hear comes from the standard copper insulated tanks in a house, so i guess it could be a little more when the tank is outside.
    have you a way you could plug in a meter to see how much it uses just as a ref????

    yer thats fine, give hot/warm water for cleaning glass to.

    im thinking of gettin a small hot water system fitted in the van so i can have hot water all day from my tank.
     
  4. mark m

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    i never bothered to see how much it cost as it is used so little each year but it is there if i need it keeps the van warm all day so i think it is great .Heater is great at night for keeping van warm but within 5 minutes opening the van up when working it will be cold again
     
  5. rcproperty

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    yer there is that, once the actual van heater is blowing warm air that will keep you warm. but its a cheap way for guys to stop van freezing up.
     
  6. uribra

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    I believe you can find a way to warm up the van just by installation inside of it. B)
     
  7. rcproperty

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    yer. we are on about over the frosty period to protect the system at night
     
  8. chip

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    Are you ever gonna tell us what it is? The suspense is killing me!
     
  9. rcproperty

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    Lol yes I will be telling you soon!
     
  10. Jeff Brimble

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    Hi Guys, beeen offline from here for a bit, last year with low temps that froze the door locks open and needed bungees to keep them closed to be able to drive I spent the last 6 months thinking up with my answer, similar to others above a was "Hot Cell " of water. Not for most but here in N.Wales it gets down to minus10-12 and everything freezes after 10 days of those temps. I tried the L5 but.....then, The fish tank heaters where run off a 1000w inverter and were impotent because the thermostat cut out at 22 degrees..
    I now have a small, standard house, indirect, insulated copper cylinder connected to the rad system- buckets of hot water and a toasty van.With very little overnight temprature drop. Early days but totally relaxed about the worst that this winter can bring. :)
     
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