First--the decision to buy a 2 KW diesel
For years we have used an LPG heater in our 30-foot wooded cruiser. It's an 8 megajoules (7500 btu) unit, and after a few minutes one of the two burners on is sufficient for warmth.
If we have the generator
running we'll use a 2-bar halogen heater instead.
But not liking the additional space they take up in the cabin
, and the LPG risks, we decided to buy a Planar diesel
heater kit and utilise the abundant fuel
for our Lehman
This is the Planar kit:
took several months, reading web reviews
, looking at installation
levels, rival brands, costs.
We are in Australia
, and Planars are Russian, with the only apparent sources being in Russia
, with a cost approaching $AU 1000.
We looked at Snuggers, Wallas, Eberspachers, Webastos, Dometic, and Belief. Wallas was too expensive. So were Eberspachers, Webastos/Dometics. The Belief was very tempting, as it is available here and with a backup service
But the Planar reviews
were comforting and after much, much exasperating deliberation, confusion and outright misinformation, Planar won the day. We also like its digital controller --some of the others have a knob and diodes only.
We took a chance and bought on Ebay from a Russian supplier. He has virtually no selling history
, so it's very much a gamble. But the special price
offer, along with a free stainless steel
fitting, was too tempting.
He has supplied a tracking number, and we see it has cleared Russia
Post and gone through customs
there.....a promising sign the sale
We also needed a stainless steel
bracket to sit it off the floor, a heat-proof 60 mm hot air duct and vent. Those we ordered cheaply from another Ebay shop, in Turkey
So now we wait for the shipments to arrive.
The heater is tiny, 320 mm long by 150mm wide. It will go in a spacious rear locker. The exhaust
will be exit close by through the wooden hull
. Air for the burner, and to be heated, will be taken from the locker.
Heated air will be directed via the 60 mm duct through a bulkhead, into a dining seat/locker and directed out into the cabin
will be tapped from a spare nipple off the CAV main filter to the engine
. Should be simple and straight-forward.
An old pic of the filters:
The control unit/thermostat will be mounted a couple of meters further into the cabin, about head
height seated. Wiring
hopefully will be a breeze.
Whether we'll need an exhaust and other mufflers remains to be seen. The heavy 19mm solid hardwood floorboards should insulate the tick tick tick of the fuel pump
When everything arrives later this month and the installation
begins, I will post pictures and details of the process...should all be just in time to enjoy the heater as winter approaches.
Bye for now.