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Old 11-17-2014, 06:08 AM   #1
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Excessive propane use + backup propane system

Our new 2015 44' Voltage is going through a 30# bottle every 3 days. We don't haul toys; the garage is our office/den. We keep an oil radiant heater going in the garage and the electric fireplace going in the living area.

Is our consumption about what we should expect? Any experience using both quartz and radiant heaters? Is there a particular type of heater that is especially efficient?

Also, I am trying to set up a backup propane system but either can't find what I think I need or don't know what I really need. Seems to me that you use a tee fitting and ball valve between the supply orifice and the pigtail. I cannot find the tee and ball valve to use. Am I going about this wrong?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 11-17-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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That sounds excessive to me. My tank holds 15 gallons and last me almost a year. I am not full time .
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1st off, where are you located and what is the temperatures. It sounds like you need to do some insulation around the outside and under the king pin area. You might want to talk with the propane dealer and see about getting a bigger tank if you are going to be where you are for a while.
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Last winter we burned as much as 25 gallons a week and 125 a month in electricity. These things are not well insulated,
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If propane is expensive, go south.
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I'm with Frank & Donn, the garage area is not well insulated; and we need to know outside temps .
The other factor is how warm are you trying to keep the garage.
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for but you can buy what they call the extend a stay from Camping World or just about any RV supply store. You can purchase/rent larger propane tanks from the gas companies in some areas and arrange for them to come to your site to refill when needed.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_86fj4kad0r_b

I doubt the garage portion of the toy haulers is well insulated so you might want to check into it and add some. If you have electricity where you are at you can add space heaters but be careful.

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A gallon of propane has about 91,500 BTU's per gallon a 44,000 BTU furnace will burn gallon or more per hour of run time. Your tank only holds 6 gallons or so. That means you will go through all of the propane in 12 hrs of continuous running.
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Go to Bed and Bath and buy a quality electric blanket or two.
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Go to Bed and Bath and buy a quality electric blanket or two.
Be very careful if you run them off of your inverter. There has been many reports of them starting fires.

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Also look at vent pillows and reflectix under window shades to cut a lot of heat loss. I'd be very tempted to add sheet styrofoam across the garage door and probably the walls of the garage. If I could keep it up also the ceiling. You have a big but not well insulated space there.
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