I have an idea this has been addressed before, but I haven't been able to find a reference that addresses it here --
What is the difference between burning propane
via open flame versus catalytic heater in regards to:
1) heat output per quantity of fuel used
depletion per quantity of fuel used
3) water vapor generation per quantity of fuel used
The reason I ask is because we let a very old veteran trailer camper friend stay in our Scamp
for several days while visiting us. He is too old to camp on his own anymore, but when he arrived he was as excited about our Scamp
in the drive as he was about visiting us, so I asked him if he would rather stay in the guest room, or the Scamp
. There was no hesitation and you know the answer.
It turned out that he had built several home-built trailers in his younger days about the same size as our Scamp. When it was over he said it was wonderful to have his own little mansion while here. The only adverse comment was why did we not just put a couple of large clay pots over the stove burners for heat rather than go to the trouble and expense to install a catalytic heater.
After considering it for some time I wonder too. For some reason I would guess that the answer to the three questions above is: the same whether open flame or catalytic.