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electric heat

Post by Brickren » Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:55 am

Has anyone put electric heaters in cab? I'm thinking disconnect ducting from heat exchanger and plumb to some type of electric heater for instant defrost and foot warmth. Thanks. Brian.
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Re: electric heat

Post by TechMOGogy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:21 am

Search will help answer that as it has been talked about a few times.
Electric draws a lot so most say your not going to get any real heat out a system unless you kill batteries.
Others have mentioned electric vests that people use on bikes.
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Re: electric heat

Post by Pinz710m2 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:40 pm

eeeeee. (buzzer sound)

I have the 18,000 BTU electric heater and it draws way more than
it should, however, until I make some other modifications, I know that
it can't be used more than about 30 minutes while engine is running.
(It draws 10 amps more than the alternator can provide, so with the
engine running it's similar to leaving your lights on with no engine
running. It puts out a lot of heat, so I can't see running it continuously
anyway. Once I get some alterations (custom rebuilding an alternator
from scratch) I should be able to run it more.

Note: This is not an alteration to be taken lightly by the non-electrical
engineer inclined. As mentioned by others on the board, no one wants
to let the smoke out of the wiring in the Pinz. Electric heaters must
be cautiously wired (I went one gauge larger than I needed) and carefully

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Re: electric heat

Post by krick3tt » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:33 pm

Not an engineer but I would shy away from electric heaters. I have a WeBasto that fits behind the driver seat and takes fuel from the petrol tank. Runs
all day on about a pint of fuel. Usually only have it on for mostly 15 to 20 min. I can leave it on while parked and running errands or at camp or on trail to perform tasks.

It will heat the cab, with the blackout curtain down, to the point that I have to open a window to cool off. This is in Colorado winter temps of 20 to 30 deg.
By the time I have gone 10 miles the heat exchanger is ready and able to take over. Wrapped the ducts to keep the heat in them till it reaches the cab.
Don't heat the back as there is no one in there.

Just my $.02.
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