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Old 11-01-2020, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fast warm up ideas: diesel fired air heater.

I got one of these.


It's a "5kw diesel air heater" they come in one's that look like this up to 8kw. Normally I say bigger is better but I went with the 5kw one because it can put out as little as 2kw of heat.
Looking at the 8kw heater I think you could only turn the heat down as low as 4kw. I just don't think I need to burn a tank of diesel at 13,000btu per hour. I would rather have more run time on a tank then heat output.

I'm thinking set it on top of the car, rolling down a window and running the heat in with a clothes dryer duct and that will melt all the ice off my leaf.

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Old 11-02-2020, 05:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you buy it for this purpose?

Would an electric heater have not sufficed? Or is there no power at one of your stops?
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Old 11-02-2020, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I leave from work in the morning after working all night there is no electricity where I park.
Oh and I think 5kw will be plenty to thaw out a car. Even the lowest setting should do fine on all but the coldest single digit mornings.
Or if I need to deice the car at home. When it gets down into the teens a single 1kw space heater doesn't do squat. So leaving a space heater in it over night just wastes that much electricity.
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The picture is small, but it almost looks like it needs electricity.
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Old 11-02-2020, 05:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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12-volt.
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Old 11-02-2020, 06:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah it takes 12v.
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Old 11-03-2020, 11:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd take a look at the Webasto stuff before.

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