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Heart Warming Camper Heater Solutions

Mr HeaterI’m one step closer to having my Dream Camper Rig, but I have a long way to go. I now own a Ford Econoline van from 1987, complete with a 4×4 conversion. As far as camping goes, the inside is bare metal and that doesn’t hold up well in the winter. One of my first tasks is to find a heating solution. While you can find 12 volt heaters, they’ll destroy your battery in no time. For efficient heating in remote locations, natural gas is the way to go. So far, my research has yielded two approaches for gas heat.

The first is radiant heat. The most highly recommended solution I’ve seen for radiant heat is the Mr Heater model for around $100. This is a quick and easy approach to get heat in your camper or tent on the quick. Additionally, it’s a portable solution so you can use it for different tasks. You can use store bought canisters or run a hose to a larger fuel supply.¬†Additionally, you can pick up an¬†adapter to refill those store bought tanks. Safety features include auto shutoff if the heater falls over or if too much CO2 is detected in the air – making this a relatively safe heater.

Mr Heater comes with some draw backs. Even with the safety features, you have an extremely hot exposed surface that creates a certain level of risk. It would probably be best if you don’t fall asleep while the heater is on. Additionally, you have to have a good place to put Mr Heater. Even though the design is very compact, it takes up a fair amount of space.

HeatSourceAs an alternative to radiant heat, a safer solution is a forced air furnace. Adventure Trailer’s Heatsource is an excellent looking solution. So far, this is the smallest and most efficient solution I’ve found. I’ve read that the typical furnace only reaches 60% efficiency; however, AT claims a delightful 90+%! Even better, with thermostat controls, you can leave your heater running all night long while you catch your Zs.

This convenience comes at a price that’s uncomfortably close to a grand. While the smallest model is $750, you still have to factor in your fuel source. The other minor draw back is the lack of Mr Heater’s portability. You won’t be able to carry this heater into your tent or garage Depending on your needs, this might not matter.

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  2. - Oh wow. I just love what you have done with yours! I have around 12 or 13 or so now, altuhogh I did just see one the other day that I loved, and I bought my in laws one for Christmas that I would have loved to add to my collection. Unfortunately one of mine did fall of the wall and smash a few years back which was a bit heart breaking. But mine are all boxed up at the moment as we are currently building a new house. My mum & sister & I have been collecting them since he first started making them years ago, and we used to get one for our birthday or Christmas. Its amazing how much more expensive they have become over the years! I think when we first started getting they them they were around NZ$70 and now they are NZ$165 each. And they sell on Ebay for crazy prices for the first editions, so they are really good investments I think besides which I just love them! I also love your grouping, and you have given me a great idea for my front entrance, so thank you for that. My husband and i have had a few discussions about where we would put them up! Great idea about hanging them too. A small tip. instead of just hanging them on a screw. You can get a small length of dowling the same width of the holes on the back of the tiles and then cut small pieces off that fit the holes. If you then screw these to the wall with the screws, you can then sit the tiles to the wall on the hooks if you see what I mean. If that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, I could take a picture for you of my sisters. She has about 20 of them and uses this system and it keeps the tiles quite firm on the wall. And after losing my tile, I’m definitely doing it when I put mine back up.MeganMarch 18, 2012 3:54 am

  3. It’s about time someone wrote about this.

  4. It’s much easier to understand when you put it that way!

  5. Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.

  6. Now.. on to the NEW! a0..just a little fun uptade today I find it seems to work best for me if I just add as I go, instead of waiting and waiting and then doing a big shop uptade all at once. a0New in the shop today: a0paper butterflies.. in packs of 25! a0Very similar to what you have seen on the walls in Laine’s room.

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