Originally Posted by keekers
How many CT owners are using their original 6100 series DuoTherm furnace? What problems have you encountered? Do you have to keep doing repairs or adjustments? I'm timid about using the furnace.
I have posted some documents on my original Duotherm furnace in the d Ressources/Document center and I have posted the illustrated reinstallation procedure on my Trillium
What I found the most difficult was to succeed a snug connection of the propane
line in the very tight space behind the furnace. As an extra precaution, I installed a cut-off valve under the RV floor, so I can continue using the stove, and the fridge
if my furnace line needed to be shut off. As far as the operation is concerned, I found it is easier to lit and to operate than the brand new electrolytic furnace I had in my previous RV.
As far as safety is concerned, once you have eliminated all possible leaks
, the Duotherm furnace has two great advantages: combustion gas are routed outside and the air intake cools down the chemny. As opposed to a catalytic furnace, the risk of monoxide intoxication is minimized (outside vent). The model I have has not electric fan, so it works even in the middle of nowhere without battery
or AC power.
In other words, if the burner is in good shape, and free of spider nests, this is a reliable source of heat that will consume a reasonnable amount of propane
. Catalytic furnaces use far less Propane
than our old fashion Duotherm, but adding a second Propane tank is no big deal compared to the high cost of catalytic furnace. It only becomes a problem if we use propane heating extensively for long periods.