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Old 10-28-2015, 03:12 PM   #29
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It's out there. Google "Flower Pot Heater".
I was referring to a commercially available space heater that made use of the flower pot heater technology (?). If it was something that really worked I would expect Coleman and others to be building an LP powered heater with a tiny flame and a terra cotta heat radiator of some sort.
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:20 PM   #30
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Ceramic?
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Ceramic?

To a degree, yes. Ceramic heaters use the ceramic element to absorb heat from a metal element for immediate use rather than longer term storage and release. This is done to make the heater safer than a coil (like in a toaster) heater. Ceramic is used because unlike soapstone, it releases heat much faster, so ceramic heaters get warm rapidly and once shut off, cool down quickly.


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...One thing we did discover was that our furnace did not light, and it got kind of cold...
You know it might be simpler to just get the furnace fixed and forget all that other stuff.
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I went camping at the end of Sept and my furnace wasn't working. So cold the first night, even with a sleeping bag and comforters. I was talking to the camp hosts the next day and they showed me what they use, a cast iron candle holder, just to take the chill off they said. Well, I carry 3 metal candle holders from IKEA, so I got out my holders, lit 3 candles and within 5 minutes, the trailer was significantly warmer. I left them burning for about a hour, put them out when I went to bed and was too warm. One hour later, freezing again. Lol. Furnace is now fixed.


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I went camping at the end of Sept and my furnace wasn't working. So cold the first night, even with a sleeping bag and comforters. I was talking to the camp hosts the next day and they showed me what they use, a cast iron candle holder, just to take the chill off they said. Well, I carry 3 metal candle holders from IKEA, so I got out my holders, lit 3 candles and within 5 minutes, the trailer was significantly warmer. I left them burning for about a hour, put them out when I went to bed and was too warm. One hour later, freezing again. Lol. Furnace is now fixed.


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If you are going to burn candles inside, use soy candles. They burn cleaner than bee's wax and are much more healthy for you.


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Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and highly toxic.

How much ventilation is "enough"? Trying to answer this question would simply be gambling with your life. Or perhaps "just" permanent injury to the brain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide#Toxicity

I apologize if this sounds too strident. However, I think the risk merits the warning.

Personally, I am already trailer-obsessed. This is clear evidence that I already have "enough" permanent brain damage as it is.
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Any open flame device of any kind inside the trailer warrants a Carbon Monoxide monitor.
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Any open flame device of any kind inside the trailer warrants a Carbon Monoxide monitor.
Byron,

That's a great point. Our Casita only has a propane detector.

I had wondered at one point if it was a dual function device but it is not.

A CO detector is now on the list here.
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