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Old 08-09-2003, 10:57 PM   #15
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In 1979 a friend at our sailing club bought an old, old trailer and used for a summer base at the sailing club. He had a propane burning light in it. After tersting the integrity of the propane lines he opted to use this light as his sole source of illumination. On a windy night he closed down the vent to only about 1/2 inch, and closed the windows to prevent sand from blowing in.
I went to visit about two hours later, knocked repeatedly and got no response. Earl had cooked and eaten supper in the meantime and had two shots of rum and fell aseep ast the kitchen table. When I opened the door the propane light was burning a deep orange color and there was no oxygen in the unit. I was able to bring Earl out and began mouth to mouth resuscitation, while my wife called the ambulance. He recovered and was released from hospital four days later. For heaven's sake be careful. The first time can be the last time.
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Old 08-09-2003, 11:00 PM   #16
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Good safety lesson.:wave
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Old 08-10-2003, 01:07 AM   #17
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As a kid, I got carbon monoxide poisoning on my father's boat. Both myself and the dog were stricken, as I was lying down in a forward bunk, and we had a following wind, blowing the boat exhaust back into the boat. I was taken to hospital, receiving oxygen, but it was an experience I have not forgotten.

I have a forced air furnace in myTrillium, which draws in outside air, heats the inside of the trailer, as well as exhausts hot air to the outside. I also have a portable CO tester.

Works for me.

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Old 08-10-2003, 08:47 AM   #18
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Mike,
The " Mr Heater" "Portable Buddy" has a low oxygen sensor that is supposed to turn off the heater. Several others have reported using this heater with good results. It has reduced output at higher altitudes. Although it sounds good I would not use it without a window cracked open. I would not want my life to depend on a sensor that could fail.
I read somewhere that while sleeping you will give up about 1 pint of water out of your body through breathing. 2 people = 1quart. If you run your hands on the walls of your fiberglass rig in the A.M. you will feel all that moisture. It is nice to turn the heat on in the morning (or on rainy damp days) just to evaporate the accumulated moisture trapped in the trailer.
Many of the carbon monoxide/fire detectors are listed as operating only as low as 40* F. So, if it's cold and you have a heater putting out CO then the detector might not work.
Have fun but pay attention:cry
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Please, please, please don't use the stove as a heater!

The only safe way to cook (use the stove) inside one of our tiny fiberglass rigs is with plenty of ventilation (open windows, trailer door, etc), in addition to running the exhaust vent (if you have one).

If you're enclosed enough to feel the inside of the trailer heating up when you are running the stove ... well, you don't have enough ventilation.

Problem is, lack of oxygen is not something you can "sense." The brain shuts down and you pass out before you realize you are in any danger.
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Owen,
I sure am glad you decided to visit Earl, and I'll bet Earl is really happy about it.
Talk about a close shave!!!!
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Okay, so what is the difference between heating with the stove and a tent warmer?
I think it's been answered in many different forms, but I have to add my take on it. Tents breath, trailers do not unless you open a window. Stoves are probably not as efficient as say?? a Buddy. So more poorly burned exhaust with a stove. (I'm guessing)
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This is a test...
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You passed the test,
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