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Old 03-06-2014, 05:53 PM   #15
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Ah. Makes sense. We have a CO detector, but it's never gone off which I guess means the safety feature on the Wave 6 is doing its job. I'm guessing the only remedy to this is to crack open the windows more to let in more oxygen?
The problem is if the oxygen in the air at higher elevations is not enough for it to work. So unless the air outside is coming from a lower elevation it probable isn't going to do much for you. I think the Mr. Heater's or Heater Buddys also have the same problem.... some people report that the bottles will freeze up which will result in a shut off as well.
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True. O2 & CO can be slightly related if enough ventilation is not supplied. Another scenario: Contaminated Pad (typically from dust) will produce plenty of CO. With all of the windows open there will be excessive CO. An CO damage (to the body) is cumulative, I believe.
Wave recommends 24 sq. in. of ventilation. Oddly enough for all sizes of heaters.
I used to open the upper vent and the bath vent to achieve the 24 sq. in. However, as suggested a lot of heat escaped from the vent. I'm now going with the side window (17'SD) and the bath window to achieve the 24".
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If the trailer was closed right up the oxygen levels inside would be depleted further so opening up the trailer allowing venting should help with that. Not to mention safer to use.

I noticed on the Camping World specs for the Wave 6 says its able to work at up to 12,000 but that it must be used in vented areas only.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:44 PM   #18
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We've been really diligent about keeping the trailer properly vented when using the heater. We follow the wave 6 suggested amount of ventilation, but we usually exceed the spec partially out of paranoia and partially because we're too hot and need to vent the heat.

We've been able to keep it on all night on high at 10,600 ft. and 16F and high winds outside. We were super toasty inside, but don't think we even attempted to turn it down to medium though.

I would believe the 12,000 ft spec, but I don't think we'll get a chance to try it out this trip.

Overall, we're loving this heater!
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:02 PM   #19
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Glad to hear it's working so well for you, Ming. I love mine, too- not just for the efficiency of heating but for the quiet. Ordinary RV furnaces are equipped with fans, noisy enough in a bigger trailer/RV, but in my opinion unbearably so in spaces as small as ours.

Which reminds me:

I added a fan to my heater that's not only powered by electricity generated by the heat itself, but is also stone quiet. Heat/air circulation is greatly increased thereby, allowing the use of the lowest setting on the heater. When I bought mine they were only made for wood stoves, but they now produce a model specifically designed for gas fired heat sources. Ecofan

Sounds like you have so much surplus heat that even distribution isn't so much a concern for you, but I noticed an immediate side benefit: greatly reduced condensation. Even the windows stay mostly clear of condensate so long as the fan is in use.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:41 AM   #20
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This sounds great, although looking at the product I'm not sure how it would work with our wall-mounted catalytic heater. Can you send a picture of your set up? We have a big condensation problem (which usually results in all our bedding freezing to the side of the trailer).

Also a big caveat to our "excess heat" - it's only a problem when we have propane! We ran out of propane in the middle of the night last night. Current outside temp: 7F! Brrrr.... It's cold in here...
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I took a long look at Wave and that other vented low power catalytic heater --forgot the name, and decided against adding one.

I don't like the idea of all that water vapor, fussing with being too hot or two cold, leaving windows open so wide, and the fact that it does not heat my basement.

I like my furnace. It is very quiet. I might wake me up at times, but it does an excellent job providing a stable temperature. It heats up my basement well. I can leave my dogs inside and not worry about them being too hot or too cold. So far I have used it down to 9 temperatures. I have not tried it at higher elevations yet.

My camper has R12 insulation and thermal double pane windows. It heats very quickly--9-65 degrees in about 50 minutes, stays warm, and has no condensation issues. My emergency exit has a screen and fiberglass cover--no glass. It lets in a bit of fresh air. I also have thermal covers that provide extra insulation on the vents and door glass.
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