Friday, November 18, 2016

Quiet Heat

Sitting in UMA, the URRV, typing this, enjoying the 61 degrees Farenheit reported by the thermometer while outside temperatures are below freezing.

The Olympian Wave 8 Catalytic Propane heater arrived yesterday and after some hunting around, finally got all the components to hook it up to the BBQ propane outlet in the right rear quarter section of UMA.

Here's what I bought:

Adjustable from 4200 - 8000 BTU/hr allow it to be used as a secondary heating source (going to be primary when we boondock)

Wave heaters operate on low pressure gas, and can be wall mounted or used as a portable unit. (Bought the legs kit, so I can move it around the camper)

No electrical drain or battery connection make it the ideal solution for boondocking and dry camping 

Wave heaters operate silently-no fan or blower noise

Equipped with a safety shut-off valve to help prevent accidental non-ignition fuel discharge  

Caution, you must crack open a window and a roof vent...only by 1/4"-1/2" mind you but you must have air flow!  Make sure you've a working carbon monoxide and propane detectors.

I am confident I've at least halved the battery power drain when not on shore power or generator.

The hard part was finding the components for the propane hose assembly to connect it to the BBQ propane outlet!  

Three trips, one to a newly discovered RV Accessories store in Denver, two to the nearby Lowes Hardware store to pick up the hoses and fittings to make the magic happen.

Items required:


Char-Broil 3/8-in 0.3125-in x 120-in Male-Female Propane Hose (two of them to make one 20' hose)

1 each, Proline Union 3/8" Flare Both Ends FL165 connector and 1 each, Proline Brass Pipe 3/8" FIP Both Ends BF-760NL.  These two items join the two propane hoses together to form one continuous hose.

To go with the quick disconnect, had to also buy a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter for it so it would connect to the propane hose.  Sorry, no pic, and lost the package it came in so no model #.  It screws onto the threaded end of the quick-connect plug below, converting it from 1/4" to 3/8".

1 each Camco 59903 Propane Quick-Connect Fitting - 1/4" NPT x Full Flow Male Plug.  

A unit of plumber's tape to seal all the threads and I was in business.  Finding these components proved to be a PITA but hopefully my listing them above will help someone else.

The heater gives us a warm orange glow.....

Update NOV23:  Bought a couple more fittings to enable a quick disconnect action at the heater so that the hose and the heater can be separated easily for storage and deployment:

Home Depot, needed instead of the similar
looking fitting that came with the quick connect from Amazon.


RichardM said...

Looks like it'll provide quite a bit of heat. Do you need to leave a window or vent open for combustion air?

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, it does put out some nice heat but with no blowers to spread it around, it takes a while to spread.

You MUST, repeat, MUST crack a window open along with crack open one of the roof vents to set up some sort of air flow.

You MUST, as with anything that burns, have a working Carbon Monoxide detector and a propane detector.

Yep, windows cracked but only by 1/4-1/2 inch.

Steve Williams said...

I want to get something like this in my basement. And maybe the garage. We now have natural gas to the house to it shouldn't be a big issue hopefully. My goal -- warmth!

And someday, maybe, an little RV. Or a VW Vanagon Westy!

SonjaM said...

I can imagine that this thing will provide a great source of heat. I remember the warnings with regards to air circulation and functioning detectors from our RV trips very well. You can't say it often enough.

redlegsrides said...

Steve Williams, I see something a bit bigger in your RV'ing future. Why? Because friends of ours that had a similar-sized Class C had to upgrade to a fifth wheel rig because they wanted to travel with their two dogs....sound familiar?

As to heating the basement with natural gas, am sure it's quite doable, the hard part (plumbing gas inside is done). Come to think of it, that's what my furnace is downstairs. Has this heater not worked out for the RV, I was planning on using it in the garage during those cold winter days when the Ural has once again broken down. :)

redlegsrides said...

SonjaM, it did provide pretty good heat I must say. Will know best once we do some boondocking with it of course. Being radiant heat, it doesn't circulate as fast as with the blower fan used by the onboard furnace but I think it'll do.

Trobairitz said...

That looks toasty. A good way to take the chill off while boondocking.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for commenting Trobairitz, the manufacturer pic of the glow vice actuality was a bit "enhanced" but it does put out good heat.

David Masse said...

Thanks for sharing your RV farkling with us Dom. I am fascinated, but not envious.

redlegsrides said...

You're welcome David Masse....just think, an RV could carry your scooter....