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Discussion in 'Power - Site Power/Batteries/Generators/Solar' started by Hankster, Sep 13, 2017 at 4:12 PM.
The maximum wattage plug in space heater you can buy is 1500 watts. I don't see why a 2000 watt generator wouldnt run one.
Should run it, will depend on what else is on and operating at the same time..
I'm thinking the Honda makes 1600 watts, with a peak of 2000. That should run your 1500 watt heater but your generator is going to make plenty of noise and burn a lot of gas with that load..... compared to it running in eco mode.
Awesome - thanks so much for all your answers! I think I'll just run the space heater on "low" then, along with using our furnace. It's supposed to be chilly chilly when we go camping next week!
You shouldn't need backup... the pup's furnace puts out a lot more heat than a space heater, and runs a lot more efficiently than burning gas to generate electricity and then using the electricity to make heat.
it should run it. But why not re-charge your battery with the gen and run the furnace?? You and your neighbors will not have to hear and smell it running all day??? Also, most GC's don't allow gen's after and before set hours of the daY.
Actually, where we're going this time are no neighbors - we're boondocking on this coming trip. That said, I only run the space heater (I had a small one before that put out enough heat for a 45-50 degree morning) first thing in the morning to get the chill off... never ever for long periods or at night. We don't even run the furnace at night because I'm a bit nervous about leaving things "on". (I know, I know, I admit it's silly but I'm a safety freak) So, I'm hoping a larger wattage space heater will be good to run for about 10 to 15 minutes, long enough to take the horrible chill off when we first get up and are getting our coffee ready. The furnace only has the one vent, and it takes quite a while to heat up the whole pup. So we put the space heater at the other end of the pup, up on the counter, and let it blast a bit while the furnace pumps out heat on the other end at the floor. Believe me, I'm a person who HATES when people run noisy generators (our Honda 2000 inverter is actually very very quiet and not smelly at all) so I'd never EVER run a genny with others around. Ugh... just a pet peeve of mine when folks do that.
Do you have a furnace at home? Do you shut it off at night?
There's no more reason to do it with the pup's furnace. Your'e causing yourself troubles for no reason.
Thanks - as I said, I'm a safety freak. But I appreciate your advice...
Oh, and I should say that even more than my safety concerns (which I admitted were silly) is that both my husband and I HATE the noise that the furnace gives off and can't imagine listening to that go all night long. To each their own, but the reason we choose a popup over a travel trailer is so that we can hear the trees, frogs, and stream rather than the furnace going off all night long. We pile on the blankets and have the slides covered so that we don't really get all that cold at night. We actually even open up the windows on the king slide a little so we can hear the forest better! We sacrifice staying super warm for the joy of the sounds of the forest. As I said, it's more of a luxury to have the space heater (and furnace) to use in the mornings while we're getting coffee ready and getting dressed for the day.
FWIW, your furnace probably puts out 15,000 BTU or more. A 1,500 watt electric heater on high will put out around 5,100 BTU. Your furnace puts out approximately three times the heat of the electric space heater.
I'm sorry if you find our advice condescending. You're looking to do something in an inefficient, non-standard, and generally "bad" way and several of us very politely pointed that out, along with the better alternatives.
If you still want to do it your way, that's fine, but there's no reason to call us bullies for trying to help you.
I don't have a furnace in my bedroom. My furnace is in the cellar with nothing flammable around it. I can understand that someone may be uncomfortable with a furnace running a few feet away from their bed.
To be honest I'd be a lot more paranoid by sleeping with a generator running (carbon monoxide) and I've never felt truly safe with space heaters (but I do use them when needed).
I'm really not trying to come off as a jerk here... just seems that the OP is trying to overcomplicate things considerably.
Turn the furnace on, put the coffee on and crawl back in the sack for a little "cuddle-time" listening for those frogs while waiting for things to warm up?
I'm not camping with you. Do it how ever you deem best for your needs. A few members questioned/offered alternative methods to your needs. YOU were the one offended. That doesn't make everyone here "unfriendly" "mean" or "bullies". There are actually a lot of good folks here. Don't toss us all in the same basket, please.