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Old 08-24-2010, 04:59 AM   #1
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to run hot water heater or not

when we camp for days . i start hot water heater use it then turn off.should one leave it on or does it use more propane starting it all the time?

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Old 08-24-2010, 05:45 AM   #2
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Depends on your unit, if you have an auto start like most of the newer ones, just leave it on and it will kick in by eletronic ingintion along with the propane, if you have the older type the pilot light stays lite but burns propane but kicks in a higher mold to heat up the water, untill it reaches the temps once it reaches the temp the pilot lite will return into a small flame untill needed again., at least this is what was explain to me.

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thanks. i see there was anouther post about it.readed all the feed back and have to try both ways and see if it makes a differents.
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I leave mine on as it doesn't use much propane and I forget to turn it on at bedtime...................I hate cold showers in the morning.
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Ours is seldom on propane anyway, but if it is it generally stays on. If I turn it off, it's to avoid noise rather than to save money. There just isn't that much saved by turning it off.
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just leave it on, it has burn for an hour every time you start it again and once its hot it will only kick every few hours for a about 10 min to build temp.
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Ours is just forward of the bedroom and the burner is noisy when all else is quiet at 03:00. It's a propane/115V heater, so when we're on CG power we use the electric side. It doesn't seem to work off the same thermostat, as the hot water isn't as hot on electric.
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thanks for all the info

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