Ceramic Heaters!?

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  1. The Nuthouse

    The Nuthouse New Member

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    I am really confused. I have not bought a space heater in over 15 years and now I would like to buy one for our Pup. The ceramic heaters are all the rage but there are way to many choices. And if you read the reviews a lot of them are junk. Do any of you have recommendations for a good quality reasonably priced ceramic heater that does a decent job of heating your camper?

    Thanks in advance.

    Eric

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  2. Jeremy

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    http://www.amazon.com/Bionaire-BCH4138-U-Digital-Ceramic-Galileo/dp/B00006JT7T/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1211858881&sr=1-10

    I picked this one up about 3 years ago when we got our pup and it kept our camper nice and toasty in the spring and fall trips. We still use it in our hybrid so we don't have to run the furnace as much.

    I really like the digital thermostat, makes it really easy to accurately control the temp settings. If you can wait til the summer time, Amazon has that listed for about $35 rather than the current $65.

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    Edited by - Jeremy on October 04 2008 00:26:59
     
  3. The Nuthouse

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    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Anybody else have a recommendation? I think I would like to choose from more than one - there seem to be numerous options.

    Eric

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  4. Xolthrax

    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Here you go. I use a Pelonis oscillating heater in my pup. I just don't have the ceramic model. It's great. Just set the temp and forget it. It does a good job of keeping the camper warm. Our campers are about the same size.


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    Hi Eric,
    I have a 1500W Holmes brand ceramic heater that I've had for about 10 years. It work great and I've never had a single problem with it. I would highly reccommend this brand.

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    We have a Holmes also works perfect.

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    I have an oscellating Holmes (I think) with a digital thermostat - does a great job at heating, circulating the heat and is much much quieter than a ceramic cube/and/or the furnace fan.
     
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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Eric,

    I just noticed this heater in my Sprtsman's Guide catalog. It looks like a quartz heater, but it doesn't say. The price is certainly right. I like having an oscillating heater to spread the heat around.


    Joe

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    We heat almost exclusively with one of the "cheapie" ceramic heaters we picked up at a local discounter. The one we are currently using started in our popup and has since found its way to the TT. We consider it a throw away, and carry a spare.

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    Thanks everyone for your input.

    I ordered a Pelonis ceramic heater from Amazon.com.

    I will let you know what I think once it arrives.

    Eric

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    if your PUP has plugs, get a nice small one thats easy to store.
     
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    Crazycoleman It is so much better when you wake up IN the pup!

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    Has anyone tried one of those heated oil radiator style heaters? they are kind of large, but we used one in the house, and it was awesome. They do take a while to get to full heat, but it I really like it. And they are extremely safe, no external heating elements. The one downfall is no kind of fan circulation.


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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    I think that the lack of a fan would be a drawback. If you had reflctix inserts, I could see that working well, though I don't see the advantage over a smaller, lighter ceramic heater.
     
  14. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I have one that I used to use on my porch at my last house. It worked very well. But, these heaters are a lot heavier than alternative portable sources of heat.
     
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    those old radiator portable heaters are what we currently use at the house and i plan to use camping( but like others said they are heavy but we take two cars anyway so it isn't a problem for us).......this trip it doesn't look like it will be cold enough ........our heater does very well heating the 12 foot room i sit in most of the time so why wouldn't it do just as well with the 12 foot PUP?........i figured we could run a extension cord outside and in the PUP using the mouse hole under the couch and connect the heater that way........i'll report back at some point..........SCmomma

    ps.....it doesn't get real cold in SC.......my heater does well until it gets down to below 30 degrees outside.......just my observation
     
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    rawhite1969 Always happy when camping.

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    we have a Holmes one that we've had for over a decade plus a small ceramic one that came with the popup. I echo to watch the size. You have to store it, plus it has to sit somewhere in the camper to heat and have appropriate space around it. Also be aware that these heaters draw a lot of power - they constantly trip the breakers in our office with them. We run the power on our window AC in the popup direct to the power pole and have done so with the heater as well.
     
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    I got the $15 ceramic heater I bought in the spring at Walmart, and when we used it then it kept the PUP nice and warm on just a low setting, bot since I'm still having trouble with my propane appliances, and it's going to be damp anf chilly, I think we'll be bringing the Mr Buddy along this weekend to the Gunstock rally, just for backup, but doubt I'll need to use both.
     
  18. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Good point on the power draw for an oil-based radiant heater. The one I referenced earlier had two switches, one for 600 watts and one for 900. Or, you could flip them both and use 1,500 watts.

    SC Momma, in answer to your question about the 12-foot room at home versus the PUP, I'd say that you don't have tenting for roof and walls at home.
     
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    Whatever portable heater you get for the pup really should have a fan. Just radiant heat really is not going to cut it, especially on a cold, windy night.

    I bought a little space heater from Wal Mart last year to use in the camper. It had the tip over safety switch,thermostat, a fan, and overheat safety switch as well. I don't recall how much I spent on it but I am sure it was not over $20. Worked very well keeping that pup toasty warm all night long. In fact I had to get up twice and turn it down. 38 degree and windy.
     
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    Size does matter, you have to store it, they all are 1500 watts max. This is a big brother safety thing. It doesn't matter if you have a little cube or a big box unit, with bells and flashing lights. Spend $100 or $10 how much do you want to give the man, !500 watts is 1500 watts. You need a fan in it to move the heat around, if it ossilates it moves the hest aroud to more area. [2C]
     

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