Originally Posted by davis911s
I am going to purchase
a diesel forced air heater.
I am looking at either;
Webasto Airtop 2000
7000 BTU @ 1.9 kw
Webasto Air Top 2000 Air Heater - Marine Heater, Boat Heater AT2000
5500 BTU @ 2.0 kw
Mikuni Heating: MY16 Marine Air Heater MI Kit - 12V
I have to be honest....This is not for a boat, it is actually for a VW bus.
I know these heaters will work for my application. But I alsoK KNOW you boaters are the best at this type of heat, so I am looking for your opinions. Why try to re-invent the wheel
I am really leaning towards liking the WEBASTO, but I might be able to get a real good deal on the MIKUNI.
I am just wondering if you guys have any recomendations on either of these units good or bad.
Shawn freezing in Canada haha
For the propane idea in your little van I'd strongly say no to that idea... in fact I have a 16,000 btu camper propane heater that is just to big and bulkie for my full size Ford conversion van. I would also have to include a frame mounted propane tank and would restrict where I can go with it (no tunnels). Filling it up is a pain in the tail end.
I went with an Espar B1LC compact model because of the 35 gallon tank I have. The 7,500 btu heater maintains a very warm interior
even at single
digit temps... I run a dual battery
setup and it powers my heater for hours and hours... I have a D1LC compact in my Ranger
pickup and that will put you out because of the small space. The heater works very well and you can mount a small fuel tank
to supply it diesel if it doesn't have a diesel tank. Any heater you put in will have a HOT surface, and if it does not vent out side the carbon monoxide can kill you in the small vehicle. With the small fuel
heaters you make way for a 60mm heater vent and they get hot to, but you can direct it to the center of the vehicle.
A note about the small fuel
heaters, it takes them a while to get the interior
of a "frozen" vehicle warm and comfortable, the same for the heating system you already have in your vehicle. Most the time you are in and out before it really has a chance to get warm. On below zero (f) mornings it takes my van a good 30 minutes to get the interior comfortable and that is with the dash and rear axillary heaters going I use a remote
control to turn on my heater and it warms it nice for me, the colder the more preheating time allowed.
Hope this helps.