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Martin Harris21/12/2019 21:31:53
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Posted by Martin McIntosh on 21/12/2019 16:37:41:

Do you think that there is a price advantage over red diesel? I could only buy this localish for 99p/l. When I had a turbine I had to travel a long way to get kerosine but cannot remember the price. My heater works just fine on diesel at 125p/l.

What part of the world are you in? I get mine from a heating oil supplier who has a red diesel pump in their yard. I believe there's a strong possibility that it is fed from one of the heating oil tanks...certainly we were told by our club's red diesel supplier's driver that it was the same stuff as heating oil a few years ago. As their minimum order is 500 litres, I had to look elsewhere when I bought my heater.

It might be worth trying to find a central heating oil supplier local to you and ask them if they supply red diesel by the litre.  I bought some recently at 68p per litre.

Edited By Martin Harris on 21/12/2019 21:34:14

Martin McIntosh21/12/2019 22:47:47
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North Bucks would you believe. Loads of heating oil suppliers but none with local yards. Nearest I could find is 22 miles away, other than a boatyard at 18 miles, 99p/l.

Martin Harris22/12/2019 00:24:25
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It sounds like you've done plenty of research - although the boatyard price seems a lot more than I thought a friend with a narrow boat pays at his marina. Given your location I'd imagine the boatyard is on the Grand Union?

I travel just under 10 miles each way for mine but have so far combined it with other things in the same general direction - and now I've acquired a second 25 litre tractor oil drum, the trips aren't too frequent. The supplier is fine with me filling these but didn't allow me to use surplus glow fuel containers. I suspect that a friendly word with a local garage might get you some similar containers at little or no cost.

Piers Bowlan22/12/2019 05:02:25
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I used to buy red diesel for my tractor from a local agricultural machinery supplier. I have just googled 'red diesel suppliers in Dorset' (where I live) and found three within ten miles. It is used not only for agricultural machinery but also in the construction industry and commercial marine use, so is widely available. It is half the price of regular diesel so probably worth the effort to get it, just buy a five gallon jerry can to put it in ( B & Q or ebay).

Jet A1 (Avtur) is available at most licensed aerodromes but is about the same price as red diesel, about 65p ltr.

Edited By Piers Bowlan on 22/12/2019 05:15:24

Andy Remedios22/12/2019 09:09:47
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In fair I've been using ine of theses heater for a couple of months, I tend to be in the man cave in the evenings so maybe 3/4 hrs at a time, the amount of diesel it uses is stupidly little, cost saving by buying cheaper rather than esso isn't worth worrying about. We spend so much on other RC stuff!

Clearly if you are running this 24hrs etc then ok money to save, watched a youtube video is the usa of a guy running it flat out on 7ltrs of diesel I think and it went on for 26hrs!

Great bit it kit by the way, i have it in a wooden shed, exhaust is wrapped and put through a metal pipe, again insulated from the wood.

Engine Doctor22/12/2019 10:34:20
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Many garages that cater for large HGVs sell red diesel as the lorries use it for the cab heaters. Our local supplier ,an Esso garage sells it at 83p a ltr . You will have to fill in a form every time you buy any and declare what you using it for. A full tank approx 3 LTRs lasts about 7 hrs at full burn so good value heating .

The biggest plus I have found since using this heater is the lack of condensation compared to other forms of heating like gas or space heaters. yes

Edited By Engine Doctor on 22/12/2019 10:37:32

SR 7122/12/2019 10:44:46
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It was not the price of the diesel that i was thinking of, i thought maybe the burn would be cleaner

Mine is going through a wooden wall so i will be making a metal sleave for it, a beans can it think

Gary Manuel22/12/2019 13:11:11
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Kerosine is slightly more refined than Red Diesel and so should burn cleaner and hotter. Not sure about comparative prices because I haven't been able to find a Kerosine (Heating oil) supplier who sells small enough quantities.

This might help explain the difference between them and where they sit in relation to other oils / gases:

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SR 7113/01/2020 17:24:09
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I have my heater in and running, what a fantastic piece of gear it is, thank you Bruce for the information, i have it on for 10/15 minutes and the hangers up to temp, i switch it off and the hanger looses not more than one degree an hour, well pleased, only down side is i cannot get the remote to work, it has power, am i missing something

Gary Manuel13/01/2020 18:27:39
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@SR71 - you need to pair the remote controller to the heater.

Have a look HERE.

SR 7113/01/2020 20:01:16
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Thanks Gary just what i needed

Barnstormer 5226/01/2020 18:27:28
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Hi

I have pretty much the same model as in Peter's videos - but when I use the up and down arrows on the LCD panel it seems to alter Mghz 4.3 up and down 0.1 at a time.

Other than using the long press on the down arrow and the 'ok' button to prime the unit I haven't pressed anything or altered settings.

Can anyone help.

The remote doesn't pair but I think that is a flat remote battery - 8v

The unit runs and fires up ok, and pumps out heat but I don't seem to be able to set the desired temp.

Regards

Geoff

Edited By Barnstormer 52 on 26/01/2020 18:30:05

Edited By Barnstormer 52 on 26/01/2020 18:30:36

Martin McIntosh26/01/2020 19:11:03
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Not seen that on mine. Have you pressed the OK button to scroll through to the setting you wish to change, such as target temperature? When I turn on I just touch the 1/0 button for 1/2sec.

Found a very quick way to get the shed warm quickly. I put an oil filled radiator near the fan at start up for a few minutes. Shut down to idle occurs very soon (5x3x2.5m shed).

Barnstormer 5226/01/2020 20:10:31
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Hi Martin

On power up the 'ok' button would display

4.3 hz

11.3 volts

13 deg C - which I take to be the ambient temp

E - 00

this is the same if the unit is set going

Regards

Geoff

Martin McIntosh26/01/2020 20:22:49
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Your input voltage sounds too low. They need at least 12v, I run mine at 13.8.

Barnstormer 5226/01/2020 20:57:42
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Hi Martin

Apologies the figures weren't exactly what was on the display just an indication of the options.

The volts are actually 12.0

the unit is connected to a 12v power supply and also has been on an 85ah leisure battery

I am probably wrong but I don't think the issue is volts, it's as though i'm stuck in a menu and not back at the top level?

Geoff

Edited By Barnstormer 52 on 26/01/2020 21:08:25

Martin Harris26/01/2020 21:42:26
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Take a look at page 10 of this thread - 12th/13th of April - there's some info on what seems to be the same problem...

Depending on the exact model you have, it should be a simple matter along the lines of pressing both top buttons together at the same time to get from Hz to temperature C.

Edited By Martin Harris on 26/01/2020 21:52:01

Barnstormer 5226/01/2020 21:53:16
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Martin

Thank you.

I did read the thread through before starting but it difficult to remember everything.

Thanks again

Geoff Harris

Gary Manuel26/01/2020 22:23:06
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The trouble I'm having with my heater is that the LCD screen has faded to the point where I can't read it. The heater still works but I have no idea what temperature it is set to etc and will be lost if I ever need to do any maintenance (e.g. priming the pump).

Anyone know how to adjust the screen contrast or if it's even possible?

Martin Leslie27/01/2020 17:06:53
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Garry

I had the same problem with mine, ordered a new one from flea bay for £10. Took old one off and found I could read it easily when viewed from different angle. Left it laying on top of heater and can read it well, didn't bother to fit new one. Maybe one day...

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