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Old 10-12-2019, 12:33 PM   #1
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Heating water bay with a 250w personal heater

Hi,

I just hooked up this 250w heater in my water bay. I used a 14 gauge 25ft extension cable to power it from a basement bay.

It has an anti tilt device, which I tested and it works. I do have a thermocube I can use but it was bit cold enough to test it yet.

I tried a trouble light and it was not warm enough. The reflectix is to seal up the water hose slot.

Any issues with this? Just making sure all is safe.

Thanks,





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Old 10-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #2
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Looks fine. I did the same with a 400 watt personal heater and it worked fine. We had a month of mostly below zero weather down to -20F. I also installed a ThermoCube thermostat power adapter to turn it off when it was warm.

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Thanks John,

I do have a thermocube to use but have not tested it yet. If on electric hookups we use two oil filled ceramic heaters which keep the coach toasty with occasional furnace use. But that then leaves the water bay susceptible to freezing.
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Yesterday it was in the low 40's and the heater got the bay up to 60f after 30 mins or so.

I do need to test the thermocube.
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I use two of them with one positioned at either end of the pass through wet bay area. THey work great. I can monitor the bay temperatures by using a wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer. Just make sure you don't get anything that is "plastic" like the tanks, tubing or drain plumbing too close to the outlet of the heaters. I once saw a picture of a hole melted right into the side of a RV water tank once.
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I use two of them with one positioned at either end of the pass through wet bay area. THey work great. I can monitor the bay temperatures by using a wireless indoor/outdoor thermometer. Just make sure you don't get anything that is "plastic" like the tanks, tubing or drain plumbing too close to the outlet of the heaters. I once saw a picture of a hole melted right into the side of a RV water tank once.
Hi Bigd,

I sure will make sure it's not near anything that be melted. That's one of the reasons I dos not do this before.
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Hi,

I just hooked up this 250w heater in my water bay. I used a 14 gauge 25ft extension cable to power it from a basement bay.

It has an anti tilt device, which I tested and it works. I do have a thermocube I can use but it was bit cold enough to test it yet.

I tried a trouble light and it was not warm enough. The reflectix is to seal up the water hose slot.

Any issues with this? Just making sure all is safe.

Thanks,

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I've used one for the last 3 years and with the thermo cube has never let it get below 38 degrees. High Low remote thermometer sure helps as it is the true recorder of the temperature, and you can always check it.

If I were you I'd see if I could locate some rigid foam to help with the insulation on the area you are trying to protect, if it is cut tight to fit it really helps.
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Put some short wires on your thermo cube, place it in your fridge set at a lower temp, like 33F. Leave it for at least an hour, then quickly check for continuity on both sides of the in and out. That will re-assure you it works.
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Most electric heaters with digital controls will not work with a Thermocube (or if there is any kind of power interruption). They will also not last very long if run on MSW inverter power.

Before relying on any electric heater, plug it in, turn it on, unplug it for a couple seconds, then plug it back in. Did it come back on by itself? If not, don't rely on it! Heaters with mechanical controls do not have this problem.
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Thanks all,

I do indeed have some insulation at home I can try. This heater does have a mechanical switch. Regarding testing in the freezer I was just thinking about that :-)

I would need to make sure the heater was ok to place on top of the insulation.
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Another option is to mount a 100W light bulb in the bay. If one light isn't enough heat, then add more lights. You only need to keep the temp above freezing, 32F.
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Put some short wires on your thermo cube, place it in your fridge set at a lower temp, like 33F. Leave it for at least an hour, then quickly check for continuity on both sides of the in and out. That will re-assure you it works.
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Yep, I tested mine in the house with an extension cord looping into/ out of the deep freeze !
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Most electric heaters with digital controls will not work with a Thermocube (or if there is any kind of power interruption). They will also not last very long if run on MSW inverter power.

Before relying on any electric heater, plug it in, turn it on, unplug it for a couple seconds, then plug it back in. Did it come back on by itself? If not, don't rely on it! Heaters with mechanical controls do not have this problem.
These are excellent points!
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Thanks all,

I did try a trouble light but it did not heat the bay enough, that's when I purchased the heater.
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