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RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - Riverman - 12-03-2019

I like the Propex heaters best.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - Riverman - 12-04-2019

After watching several video's on these diesel heaters, I want to try one first to see how I like it. I love to experiment with new machines anyway. The cost is so much less than the propane vented heaters. Who knows, I just might like the diesel heater better.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - bullfrog - 12-04-2019

Look at the NuWay vented propane ice house heaters. Their biggest complaint is they are too small so should be just right for a van or insulated box truck. Under $200 shipped and made in the USA I believe.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - TMooney - 03-18-2020

I live by my self. I only heat/cool one room In the house. Been that way for 12 years since divorce. I'm used to it. Anyway guy was in a motor home . He bought a chinese heater just for the bedroom so he would not run furnace. Of course he closes off bedroom like me. He loves it. About 100 dollars for a small 5k he runs on low. I came here to find more out.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - barleyguy - 03-20-2020

(12-03-2019, 04:29 AM)Riverman Wrote:  I like the Propex heaters best.

Did you install your own Propex? If so, was it difficult?

I've been pondering a Propex, but professional installation almost doubles the price. So lately I've been leaning back towards a Camco Wave 8. (I'm in a 5th wheel, so a Wave 8 is the right size I think.)

The Propex would be probably $900 by itself and $1800 installed, whereas the Wave 8 would be about $300, and I could definitely manage the installation. I think there are big advantages to the Propex, such as a thermostat, and that it will heat my water tanks through the ducts preventing freezing. Also, it will be invisible (hidden), whereas the Wave 8 will be right in front of me when I'm sitting in my chair. But the price difference is huge.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - B and C - 03-21-2020

@Barlyguy

I don't have one of these but I do have a suburban furnace. There is one factor you are not considering, a propane byproduct is water. With the propex being ventet to the outside, you won't have a water vapor buildup inside from the propane or need to open a window for ventilation. My thermostat is by my bed. I turn it down at night and when I wake up it is just a matter of sticking my arm out to turn it up. I can also run my furnace while I sleep.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - barleyguy - 03-24-2020

(03-21-2020, 07:41 AM)B and C Wrote:  @Barlyguy

I don't have one of these but I do have a suburban furnace.  There is one factor you are not considering, a propane byproduct is water.  With the propex being ventet to the outside, you won't have a water vapor buildup inside from the propane or need to open a window for ventilation.  My thermostat is by my bed.  I turn it down at night and when I wake up it is just a matter of sticking my arm out to turn it up.  I can also run my furnace while I sleep.

I also have a Suburban furnace, two of them actually. There's one in the bedroom and one in the living room. The one in the living room squeaks, and because of its age I am planning to decommission it. That's the exact spot I was planning to put either a Propex or Wave 8.

I have considered the water vapor issue. I've heard that the catalytic heaters like the Wave 8 are much better than a propane burning furnace such as a Mr Buddy. But I also agree that the Propex is the best solution. Just not sure if I want to spend the additional money. It's about 6 times the price with installation.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - B and C - 03-24-2020

You could always scavenge the salvage yards for a replacement suburban. It would be a lot cheaper unless you are keeping it a long time.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - highest_vision - 03-26-2020

(12-04-2019, 11:50 AM)bullfrog Wrote:  Look at the NuWay vented propane ice house heaters.  Their biggest complaint is they are too small so should be just right for a van or insulated box truck.  Under $200 shipped and made in the USA I believe.

Thanks for sharing these! I find it hard to believe they are only 10# (or less!). They have a wood stove, too. I wonder if they are related to the old RV company.


RE: Has anyone tried one of these Chinese Diesel Parking Heaters? - barleyguy - 03-28-2020

(03-24-2020, 05:22 PM)B and C Wrote:  You could always scavenge the salvage yards for a replacement suburban.  It would be a lot cheaper unless you are keeping it a long time.

I don't want another Suburban. The Suburban eats battery. On a cold night it can suck down 50 amp hours. Not too useful for boondocking. I do have enough solar and batteries to cover it if the sun shines during the day, but if it's cloudy and all I have are two Suburbans, I'll end up with a dead battery. Also, the working Suburban I have in the bedroom is probably enough for the whole space, unless I'm camping somewhere extremely cold.

So the goal of the whole exercise is to find something that uses much less battery power. The Wave 8 uses no electricity at all. A Propex is very battery efficient. It uses less than 2 amps while running, and doesn't run all the time. So on a cold night it might use 5 to 10 AH, which is about 5 to 10 times less than a Suburban.

If you're on shore power all the time, a Suburban is a good solution. I'm hoping not to have to be.

Cheers,

Harley.