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Old 06-06-2017, 07:56
Mosquito Mosquito is offline
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RRRob, a good point regarding electricity supply into the van. That is another good reason for having gas central heating in addition to any electric heaters you have.

In the bathrooms we have towel rails, which are connected to the central heating system. I wouldn't want to be without them as they warm up the towels before use, and also airs them off after use.

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Old 06-06-2017, 16:40
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Please be careful when you use an OFR and make sure it's away from people and pets.
The site warden from my site had one explode on her a few months ago, hot oil went all over her bed, walls, carpet etc in her bedroom. Luckily she wasn't in the bedroom at the time.
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Old 08-08-2017, 15:05
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Old 09-08-2017, 20:18
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O.F.R.s are great I would NOT recommend anything over 200 watts (2000kw) as anything over this uses a lot of electricity. For not a lot of difference in heat output.
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Old 03-04-2018, 14:59
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I used an oil filled radiator in my bedroom this season & it was really warm. Put it on higher to warm the room up then left it on the lowest setting overnight & it was brilliant. Ordered another one as I haven’t got CH x
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Old 15-04-2018, 18:58
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Hi I am new to this forum but heating our 23 year old static is hard!

We bought it two years ago, it had then a gas fire already in, no CH and no DG. We installed two small wall heaters in both bedrooms which we pop on for a short time before we go to bed and first thing on a morning, but when we had the gas checks last year, the fire was found to have a fault so we replaced it with a very sleek electric has flame effect and stones, like a picture. But it's only 1400kw! It's chilly shall we say.

Would you advise a OHR or a 2000kw convector heater in addition to the fire? We are upping our amperage so I think we'll get 16 something soon...

Thanks in advance
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Old 15-04-2018, 19:21
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Fire is approx 6 amps and a 2kw heater approx 8 amps so with lighting and a kettle you could be tripping the new electrics ... get a gas hob kettle ? I would say there is minimal difference between the 2 heaters , biggest difference is the shape so whichever fits best , where are you putting them , would you be better with 2 x 1kw heaters ? Also what about an electric blanket ?
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Old 15-04-2018, 22:08
Tomnlass Tomnlass is offline
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Thanks for that - we have an electric blanket but obviously that's only for when we are in bed - if we are sitting in the lounge in the day, feeling cold (the constant rain and dull days do not help!) how best can we heat our van?

We have sat with coats on, under a fleecy blanket, and with a hot water bottle....I'd rather not be that cold
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Old 15-04-2018, 23:22
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Hello there. So sorry you can't keep warm sitting in your van. That's miserable. Hopefully better weather will arrive soon. Our van has CH and DG but we have tried a variety of electric heaters at times to economise on expensive gas. Does depend a lot on whether the lounge area is separate or whether its all open plan and you are trying to heat a huge space. Ours is open and we don't find the OFR will heat it to a comfortable level. Its OK to maintain the heat after the space is fully heated through another way - providing that nobody opens the outside door at all. Temp drops quickly if that happens and OFR doesn't get temp back up quickly. We have found that a flat fan heater warms the lounge/kitchen/diner space better and quicker but its a bit noisy to sit with. Ours will warm the area well and spreads the heat around to the corners. Once warmed through, we can then lower the thermostat Might be worth using a fan heater to heat the space and then use your "flame" electric fire to take over once the room is warmed through?

The OFR heaters take up a lot of space and are on a very short cable - so limited where they can be located. Also get very hot to the touch.
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