Originally Posted by hellokerry
Wondering if others have given up on the fan type of heater and installed Catalytic ( sp?)
This is an oft talked about and controversial subject, much like religion and politics. Searching this forum and the Internet in general will keep you busy for some time on the topic of Catalytic propane
heater use. (When searching this forum I find the Google option works best). I also suggest a complete reading of the manuals, in particular the Wave and Little Buddy heaters
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Speaking only of the Wave Catalytic heater, my take is that the advantages include:
- It requires no electric power at all.
- It is silent.
- It is very efficient.
The disadvantages are in part that:
- It requires fresh air (since it will burn up the oxygen in an enclosed space)
- It is radiant heat so it warms things that then warm the air, rather than heating the air directly
- If the catalytic pad is too old or is damaged, the combustion will only be partial and bad by-products will be released.
I have one for "back-up" but will only use it when awake. My take is that the Wave is not the best choice for frequent use. I would suggest getting used to the loud fan on the furnace
(although some people have hacked it to be less noisy).