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How much propane do you use for heat
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How much propane? Last year I spent 2 months in temps from 38*F down to 10*F. Ran the 4K to 9K BTU/HR Buddy heater every day for 1 HR in the AM and then 3 HRs in the evening almost every day. 4 x 60 = 240 hrs averaging 7K BTU per hour based on the approx. dial setting, for those 2 months.  Whatever that works out to  in gallons...??   I used 2- 20 gal tanks and 1 - 11 gal tank interchanging and refilling as needed. Don't know what I started with etc. etc..
many variables as mentioned. 

Anyway, I believe the Buddy heaters are just propane heaters and not catalytic heaters. I switched over to a Wave 3 Catalytic because it burns cleaner with less smell and much less residual moisture than the Buddy versions. Maybe just my perception, donno....
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(02-12-2019, 09:19 AM)Matlock Wrote: How much propane? Last year I spent 2 months in temps from 38*F down to 10*F. Ran the 4K to 9K BTU/HR Buddy heater every day for 1 HR in the AM and then 3 HRs in the evening almost every day. 4 x 60 = 240 hrs averaging 7K BTU per hour based on the approx. dial setting, for those 2 months.  Whatever that works out to  in gallons...??   I used 2- 20 gal tanks and 1 - 11 gal tank interchanging and refilling as needed. Don't know what I started with etc. etc..
many variables as mentioned. 

Anyway, I believe the Buddy heaters are just propane heaters and not catalytic heaters. I switched over to a Wave 3 Catalytic because it burns cleaner with less smell and much less residual moisture than the Buddy versions. Maybe just my perception, donno....

Been wondering about the comparison between the 4-9K Buddy and the Wave 3 (or 6).  Appreciate your “perceptions” on smell, moisture. The only thing I’ve heard about the Wave 3 thats a negative (other than cost after accessories) is that it takes a while to get the interior warm... 10-15 minutes?  I realize theres a lot of variables for that, outside temps, wind, size of rig, if unit is on the 3K setting...

I’m especially interested in the condensation/humidity comparisons...
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I have a small Suburban RV furnace in my van. Propane use seems totally dependent on the temperature where I am. Last winter in Quartzite I didn't use much, maybe 7 gallons per 2 weeks. Last september in Sequoia at 8000 feet I used maybe 7 gallons per week.
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~100 gallons~+/-
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There's a vented heater in our old roadtrek. Situated under the bed as it is, I don't see it as all that helpful. I made a tight fitting deflector covered with reflectix, but it didn't seem to help all that much. I have a Mr. Buddy that I leave on pilot, and make a tent of a quilted throw over my legs after Ed's gone to bed. It's wicked toasty in there. I leave the pilot on overnight, and between it, and two people and a dog breathing in there, it stays pretty ok, and once I'm up and have the coffee on in the AM, I turn it off, and we're pretty fine.
In cold weather, I have a Harbor freight moving blanket that I hang aft of the windowed front of the van, and turn the buddy off. Because the rear windows are well sealed with reflectix to the outside and polyiso insulation board on the inside, it's fine. Because Ed is so sensitive to cold because of the Parkinson's+, we don't deliberately go in sub zero cold, but even a couple of years ago, when we didn't have the polyiso, and it was cold as a well digger's ass all the way across the country, 'til we hit Q, practically, we were fine and nothing ever froze.
I don't have a thermometer. I'm comfortable or not.
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When it's below freezing at night I can go through a 20 pound tank a week. (5 gal) It would be less if the thermostat was near the bed so that I could turn it down at night and warm up the trailer before I got out of bed in the morning.
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Jim, one tank a week with outside temps below freezing sounds really good. I’m guessing you have the thermostat set low to get that economy and it sounds like your using the original furnace? Or is it catalytic ? What furnace does that good economy? I didn’t know any would. Maybe RVs ain’t as shoddy as I thought after all. I imagine your Lifeline batteries keep the blower going no problem also??
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