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Re: Diesel heater repair

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Gingermagic wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 08:10 I'm more of a computer geek than a mechanic, so I have no idea what I'm doing with this

I think I'm out of my league with this.

If anyone has any suggestions of what to do next (in much more basic terms than 'reconnect it' :-) ), or if there's anyone that I could take this to (I'm based in Somerset), I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Damian

Then the internet is a valuable source to you. And could save you mucho dinero.
But we are here to help...

Does the camper have a thermostat control switch in habitation area? Does it have power? Show a photo if possible please. If yes then go to next stage...

Next. Buy suitable grade and internal diameter fuel pipe to fit between fuel source and pump. Then from pump to heater. Use correct connectors. At this stage its only a mock up test run. So dont worry about excessive length of pipe running all over the place.

Should pump pulsate? Not sure. But flick the thermostat switch on, turn to full heat and see if it fires up.
If thermostat is connected to your leisure battery make sure its in good health.
Expect some initial smoke from heater exhaust.

It may take time to feed fuel to heater as it is purging air.

Report back please
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Re: Diesel heater repair

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Modern heaters do not use thermostats. Pumps are solenoid and are pulsed at a rate of 1.5 to 2.5 hertz.
Before you go connecting up fuel lines check the wiring, pointless doing it until electrical side is OK.
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Oldiebut goodie wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 17:39 Modern heaters do not use thermostats. Pumps are solenoid and are pulsed at a rate of 1.5 to 2.5 hertz.
Before you go connecting up fuel lines check the wiring, pointless doing it until electrical side is OK.

Is a control dial instead?
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Most now have a rheostat adjusting the heat output according to the temperature of the air entering the heater.
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I use a normal fuel can with a hole drilled in the cap and it sits in the spare wheel.

Smcknighty wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 15:59 Interesting - what are you using for a fuel tank?

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Even cheaper. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bestlymood-Pla ... s9dHJ1ZQ==


Smcknighty wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 16:22 Never mind, for £10 I will find a way :) cheers
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R0B wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 18:29 I use a normal fuel can with a hole drilled in the cap and it sits in the spare wheel.

Smcknighty wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 15:59 Interesting - what are you using for a fuel tank?

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What a great place to store an empty fuel can......... :shock:
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Should have waited, I have one of those already :)

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Smcknighty wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 15:59 Interesting - what are you using for a fuel tank?


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Does it not smell though? Decisions decisions.

How many years run time do you get from ten litres :)

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Smcknighty wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 20:39 Does it not smell though? Decisions decisions.

How many years run time do you get from ten litres :)
No, they have a one way breather valve in the cap. My 2kW can use up to 0.24L an hour.
 
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Ok good info - so the 5.5 litre is around 20 hours minimum. I’ll see what the Chinese tank has for a cap, presumably it has similar to yours or it would have Vaccum problems

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johnxl wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 11:08 You could look for an answer on the "Chinese diesel heater UK" group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/265862240781579

Or you could try Youtube 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YthaCqkMOs&t=938s
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Re: Diesel heater repair

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maxstu wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 17:26
Gingermagic wrote: 18 Nov 2020, 08:10 I'm more of a computer geek than a mechanic, so I have no idea what I'm doing with this

I think I'm out of my league with this.

If anyone has any suggestions of what to do next (in much more basic terms than 'reconnect it' :-) ), or if there's anyone that I could take this to (I'm based in Somerset), I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Damian

Then the internet is a valuable source to you. And could save you mucho dinero.
But we are here to help...

Does the camper have a thermostat control switch in habitation area? Does it have power? Show a photo if possible please. If yes then go to next stage...

Next. Buy suitable grade and internal diameter fuel pipe to fit between fuel source and pump. Then from pump to heater. Use correct connectors. At this stage its only a mock up test run. So dont worry about excessive length of pipe running all over the place.

Should pump pulsate? Not sure. But flick the thermostat switch on, turn to full heat and see if it fires up.
If thermostat is connected to your leisure battery make sure its in good health.
Expect some initial smoke from heater exhaust.

It may take time to feed fuel to heater as it is purging air.

Report back please
Thanks Maxstu,

I'm pretty sure that the power cable was removed from the electrics, probably by whoever disattached (or broke?) the piping.

I'll take some more photographs when I can.

Thanks again,
Damian
 
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Re: Diesel heater repair

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I installed one of these heaters in my petrol Westy and I cant believe the output of heat from it.

I installed mine under neath the van and tied it in where the original eber once lived.

I have the same 5.5 litre tank installed under the R and R bed and I also keep the digital control display there two to keep with the factory look.

I have a little remote that I can switch it on or off and adjust temp.

Great little heater for the price!

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