I plan on setting the C-170 up w/ electric heaters for in town pre-heat. I've got a Honda 2000 generator, but when I'm parked out front I'll have power close to the plane.
What do you guys use for "in town" electric heaters?
What do you use for areas that you do NOT have power?
What have you used that just did not work, and what were the reasons that system failed?
Have you developed any new and cool ideas that you want to share?
Are you a "fan" of under the cowling catalytic heaters? Why or why not?
Where did you buy your "components" to build your own? Do you have photos?
Likely there are charts someplace for ambient temps, vs. heat temp, vs. time to bring an engine up to an acceptable temp to avoid damage. Does anybody have one handy that they can copy and paste?
Again, you guys have done this, been there, and I really do appreciate your insights. I find that there is all sorts of gear available today that I did not have access to 25 years ago.
Along with the topic of heat, how did you develop or install winter fronts on your aircraft? The 170 is very open up front. No doubt that especially the front cylinders will run cold, especially at low temps. How did you solve that problem on your aircraft? I've noticed that my cowling is different than the original when the plane had a 0-300. I've been looking at other 170B w/ conversions, but have yet to really see what I think I'm looking for. Do you know anybody in the FAI area that I might be able to talk to? And of course, any photos you have, Cessna or other, would be cool.
What am I missing?