For a lot of years, I have praised the virtues and efficiencies of Wave heaters. Since I boondock most of the time, and value every amp hour I have in my battery
, I have used Cat heaters forever.
They heat nicely in our small spaces, use no electricity, are unvented, quiet and all around good things if proper precautions are taken (Air flow and ventilation, placement etc)
For the SECOND time since I have been in Quartzsite, out on BLM land fulltiming
.. I came home at lunch to find my dogs in a near boiling state. I forgot to shut the heater off before I left.
All the windows
go open, dogs get put outside to cool in the near freezing temps here now, and the heater gets shut off.. all the while Mommy is kicking herself and screaming at her stupidity. I can only have nightmares about what would have happened if I was delayed and they were in here longer than they were, or if it were a different time of year when it is cold in the morning but gets warm quickly after.
The only major problem I can see with a Wave heater is the lack of a thermostat. Once the radiant function of the heater warms all objects in the room, it just keeps on going.. almost a "snowball" effect (With a heater? LOL!) and it can get unbearably hot if the heater is not shut off.
Had there been a thermostat, the heater would have shut off on its own when required.
I have been in many rigs that have a "Blue Flame" style heater. They heat the air, much like a furnace
, but without a fan (Tho fans are an option) Its a more even heat, like your furnace
, yet it is still unvented and uses no electricity. They also come with thermostats.
SOOOO.... Mommy went out and bought one immediately and installed it. (The Wave 6 is sitting in a box and will be up for sale
I REALLY like it. It heats the room the second it is turned on, it reaches a comfy preset temp and then shuts down, only to refire when the temp drops below the set point.
There also appears to be less condensation with it. Even in the dry desert, the cat heater would fog up my windows
in just a few minutes.. big drops, where as the blue flame is a light
and even condensation that is hardly even noticeable.
The entire trailer now has an even heat vs. the Wave, which warms well in front of it but it took a LONG time to heat the whole rig. It had "Hot and Cold" spots.
The heater also has an ODS sensor. I have never slept with my Wave on and am hoping I can with this one. I will give it a few more burn hours to be safe tho.
It is kinda like a little fireplace as well. Kinda cozy with the lights