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Old 09-19-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Checked Out the Furnace - All OK

Some of you know that I am pretty anal about running my generator once a month under load and with stabilizer in the fuel all the time, running my refrigerator and water heater on propane once a month on propane. I want to make sure these items are in good condition when I need them. One thing I just can't make myself do is run the furnace even for a few minutes with the a/c on.

Well this morning was a bit cool and a good time to knock the chill off and check out the furnace. It worked perfectly and I'm nice and warm at the moment. I'm going to have to work on my problem with running the furnace for a few during a/c season. I do have a critter screen on the vent.
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We don't use ours very much anymore... Its just too dang loud... We end using electric oil filled heaters all the time when at camp sites with electric hookup. Much better to use their electric then to burn up my propane hehe.... Heat is heat...
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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Well this morning was a bit cool and a good time to knock the chill off and check out the furnace. It worked perfectly and I'm nice and warm at the moment. I'm going to have to work on my problem with running the furnace for a few during a/c season. I do have a critter screen on the vent.
ran our's for the very first time in Watkins Glen 2 weeks ago early in the morning and it set the fire detector off. We have a fan so we put the fan facing the fire detector. Next morning, no problem. Must have been dust in the heat registors
hope we didn't wake the neighbours :O
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We rarely use the furnace. Electric heaters or our Kozy World are much quieter and effective.
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We don't use ours very much anymore... Its just too dang loud... We end using electric oil filled heaters all the time when at camp sites with electric hookup. Much better to use their electric then to burn up my propane hehe.... Heat is heat...
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We use 2 small electric heaters (one in the bedroom and one in the main living area) and the electric fireplace for most of our heat needs.
When it starts getting close to freezing we make sure the propane furnace runs some so the storage area and holding tanks gets some heat and stay above freezing.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:07 AM   #7
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I agree with others and use electric for everything when I'm at a site and the electricity is paid for, but I'm on my home base site right now. Last winter while I was sitting here bored to death I put some numbers together to see which was cheaper for me, electricity or propane for heat. I do have an external 150 gallon propane tank I hook up when I'm here for the winter so I'm not filling the small tanks every week.

My numbers, based on my electricity rates here (actual effective rate/kwh, not the base rate to which they add all sorts of things) showed that propane was cheaper. Not by enough to get excited about, but just slightly cheaper than electricity. So when I'm here and hooked up to the large propane tank I run everything on propane. If my memory is right, I would save $5.00/month on propane vs electricity so it really is a push.
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Somewhere around 10 cents a KW should be the break even point between the two. Where we spend the winter power is cheap so we use electric heaters. At the last park we used to spend the winter in propane was much cheaper.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:29 AM   #10
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My effective cost/kwh here is $0.15. They advertise $0.75, but as I said above, by the time the add in all of the extras it is up to $0.15. This is definitely above the $0.10 mentioned above as the break even point between propane and electricity so I would agree. My propane cost is a little cheaper than when filling up the 30 lb bottles since I have a 150 gallon external tank. That puts my break even point a bit higher/kwh since my propane cost is lower. But as I said, it isn't enough difference for me to worry about. I do have a propane left over from last year that I will be burning soon enough.
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