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Old 08-06-2016, 07:26 PM   #29
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It's a built in electric heater with a fireplace effect. We like them, others not so much.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:36 PM   #30
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One like this

Heat in one spot doesn't heat an area.

Ok, that's the one I was looking at. What does your comment 'heat in one spot doesn't heat an area' hint at? Also the ads don't mention anything about routing the air over the heating feature 3 times. Just in and out. Or am I missing something.
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Not all 1500 watts is the same.
That's true I have a 1500 watt portable ceramic heater that has lasted for years.
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Not all 1500 watts is the same..
I do not know how you figure this? 1500 Watts is 1500 Watts according to my engineering education.

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I do not know how you figure this? 1500 Watts is 1500 Watts according to my engineering education.

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I would interpret to mean not all 1500 watt heaters are the same. Based on design, air flow, fans, etc... some 1500 watt heaters are more efficient than others and thereby will perform better.
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They're electric heaters with fake flames. Mine has a thermostat so it turns the heat off and on as needed, and can dim or turn off flames with heat only, or have a fake flame with no heat, just for ambiance.
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Being in Florida the fireplace seemed silly. I can't stand the TV over the drivers area and the combo cabinet works for us. The fireplace is a nice add
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lso the ads don't mention anything about routing the air over the heating feature 3 times. Just in and out. Or am I missing something.
Duraflame It is not quite three times around but a triple transfer of heat.

You can't heat a 1000 sq ft with a cube.
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Scoffed until we used it. Now it gets regular use.
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We use our's a lot and the remote control is great to turn it on while still in bed. I cannot stand the smell of the propane furnace and I will not use it unless it gets down below freezing.
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Ignore comment triple transfer of heat. Like the other electrical engineer. I also have stated it's energy and 1500 watts is 1500 watts of heat energy. Whether it is routed once or 50 times, is the same amount of heat energy dissipated into the coach. It is directly related to the current of each device.
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I purchased one of those stand alone fireplaces and it keeps the whole coach warm and I take it out in the summer.
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Ignore comment triple transfer of heat. Like the other electrical engineer. I also have stated it's energy and 1500 watts is 1500 watts of heat energy. Whether it is routed once or 50 times, is the same amount of heat energy dissipated into the coach. It is directly related to the current of each device.
In a purest analysis of energy in a trapped space, true.

Having used both, the cube will heat a localized space higher and you will turn the cube down. The DuraFlame moves more air through it because the air had more time to absorb heat and the distribution is over a greater area.

Not everything is a single cause/effect function as I learned in life as well as engineering school.
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Ours has a small fan with 3 setting - off, low (@ 750W) and high (1500W)...so the heat is transferred an infinite number of times

I'm no engineer, but I know a fan will distribute the heat. Where as heat from a source with no fan will just heat the air by the ceiling.

Have used catalytic, radiant, and convection heaters and found we always enjoyed the addition of a fan.

These electric fireplaces seem to all have a fan.

And, did I mention electric heats on FREE campground power!

Safe travels

P.S. Heat strips or a Heat pump in the rooftop AirCon would do the same thing, but we have neither. And a rooftop heat source doesn't look as nice.
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