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Old 12-13-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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Catalytic Heater Mod (Olympian Wave 8)

Anybody add/supplement their furnace with an Olympian Catalytic Heater?

My understanding is that I can T-off from the gas line at the stove;

Connecting to a wave 8 should heat the RearLiving/Kitchen area well, but I'm thinking I'd need another wave (possibly just the 3) to heat the bedroom/bathroom & mid-bunk (not necessarily at the same time)

Note: we Boondock 24/7/365, so this modification allows zero power consumption and uses half? the amount of propane to heat unit, and should heat unit more effectively;

our furnace heats bedroom, bathroom & mid-bunk decently, but NOT RearLiving/Kitchen (which I believe is par for the course)

- does anyone here have a 40' SandPiper wherefore the furnace adequately heats the RearLiving/Kitchen area in 40deg evenings/30deg mornings?

All feedback appreciated
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:32 PM   #2
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One thing to be mindful of is you'll still need to heat the underbelly in periods of prolonged below freezing periods. That's the one thing the furnace is good about since it has duct work that often dumps out into there.

Unless you mod the furnace to be able to activate it's blower, but that brings you right back to the power consumption.
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but I'm thinking I'd need another wave (possibly just the 3) to heat the bedroom/bathroom & mid-bunk (not necessarily at the same time)
Is the 3 portable? How will you get heat into those areas?
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:01 PM   #4
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Oly Wave 3/6/8 are all portable, though connected to a gas line;

With doors open to bath/bedroom, the Wave3 in the hallway 'should' heat such... Then separately, with Wave 3 near open doorway of mid-bunk (note: I don't need to heat bed/bath/mid at same time; so I could have phase1 bed/bath, then move the Wave3 down the hall for phase2 sotospeak)

Note: all while concurrently running a Wave8 in the RearLiving area
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Note: this mod is not to deal with freezing/below Freezing temps; mainly just evening 40s & morning-high 30s
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Note: this mod is not to deal with freezing/below Freezing temps; mainly just evening 40s & morning-high 30s
Make sure you provide adequate ventilation. Catalytic heaters put out CO and also water vapor. You'll get condensation (and possibly asphyxiated) if you aren't adequately vented.
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Anybody add/supplement their furnace with an Olympian Catalytic Heater?

My understanding is that I can T-off from the gas line at the stove;

Connecting to a wave 8 should heat the RearLiving/Kitchen area well, but I'm thinking I'd need another wave (possibly just the 3) to heat the bedroom/bathroom & mid-bunk (not necessarily at the same time)

Note: we Boondock 24/7/365, so this modification allows zero power consumption and uses half? the amount of propane to heat unit, and should heat unit more effectively;

our furnace heats bedroom, bathroom & mid-bunk decently, but NOT RearLiving/Kitchen (which I believe is par for the course)

- does anyone here have a 40' SandPiper wherefore the furnace adequately heats the RearLiving/Kitchen area in 40deg evenings/30deg mornings?

All feedback appreciated
I had a friend that had these heaters in his camper. I was totally impressed with how well they work. Someone mentioned that you need to have ventilation which is true so they just cracked a window in each room. Even with the window cracked open, these heaters will almost run you out of the camper on low. They were installed in their camper by the dealer new so they were all attached to the wall or cabinet. They had nothing but glowing remarks about them. Size each heater to the area you are putting it in and you should be good to go.

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I have a Wave-6 that I have used for 5 years. I tee'd off my propane under the stove and ran a hose with a female QD on it that drops out just below my fridge out of the way. I also have a hose with a male QD on the heater itself. I can move the heater around to where I want it but usually leave it sitting on top of the stove cover. My motorhome is only 24' but the Wave-6 on low setting heats the entire area very comfortably. I used it in my pop-up before that. My dogs love to sit in front of it. It sips propane and uses no electrical power. I love it but be sure to get a cover to prevent element contamination from dust.
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I had a friend that had these heaters in his camper. I was totally impressed with how well they work. Someone mentioned that you need to have ventilation which is true so they just cracked a window in each room. Even with the window cracked open, these heaters will almost run you out of the camper on low. They were installed in their camper by the dealer new so they were all attached to the wall or cabinet. They had nothing but glowing remarks about them. Size each heater to the area you are putting it in and you should be good to go.

Safe travels,

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I have a Wave-6 that I have used for 5 years. I tee'd off my propane under the stove and ran a hose with a female QD on it that drops out just below my fridge out of the way. I also have a hose with a male QD on the heater itself. I can move the heater around to where I want it but usually leave it sitting on top of the stove cover. My motorhome is only 24' but the Wave-6 on low setting heats the entire area very comfortably. I used it in my pop-up before that. My dogs love to sit in front of it. It sips propane and uses no electrical power. I love it but be sure to get a cover to prevent element contamination from dust.
Thanks, that is exactly what I'm intending to do (w/ perhaps a Wave8 cause 40' fifth wheel)
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