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    I picked up a 2D heater from Brian at BK Marine in Wasilla the other week. It took me a bit to get it installed as carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand the day before slowed me down a bit. I mounted in up above the cabinets as the install was easier and I have very limited possibilities on intake and exhaust options in my 22' SeaSport. The intake actually runs into the wall and to a spot where air is allowed in from the gunnels outside the cabin. I had a little issue getting the fuel to flow and doubted my readability on the flow of the arrows. Nope, had it right. Finally I just let it run and do its thing and a little while latter I heard her chub a bit and then take off. MAN this thing blows heat. Its going to be a nice addition to the boat since it looks like spring may not get here till fall. Brian was real easy to work with a pleasure to meet. Thank Brian. A+++

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    Looks like a top notch install. What controller did you get? Heard there were other options than the digital one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fc8464 View Post
    Looks like a top notch install. What controller did you get? Heard there were other options than the digital one.
    I used the one that came with the unit. There is one connection for a modem so you could possibly use a cell phone or computer to run it. I did not find really good controller instructions in the box but a simple search provided the answers.

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    I was talking with someone and thought they said you could get a simpler rheostat controller now. Could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fc8464 View Post
    I was talking with someone and thought they said you could get a simpler rheostat controller now. Could be wrong.
    Yes sir. Bkmail has the simple controllers now too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Yes sir. Bkmail has the simple controllers now too.
    So how soon after an upgrade are you allowed to do an upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    So how soon after an upgrade are you allowed to do an upgrade.
    Your bank account will let you know!
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    Mr Dave,
    Pleasure meeting you, and glad to hear your doing great. Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. We really try hard to keep you warm and happy.

    As for the controller, we have a 3 of them, some with (#1) timer and large led screen allowing the heater to start by setting a timer up to 7 days out. Runs in all modes (ventilation or power)
    Another (#2)very simple one that is a rheostat and single push button to start/stop. By adding a temp sensor cable, it runs it in ventilation mode meaning it turns on/off and has a thermostat. Set the temp and she regulates herself just like your house furnace.
    Lastly, (#3) the standard LED that can operate in either mode also, power or ventilation or thermostat mode.
    All three have self diagnostic codes if an issue happens.


    All work and interchange on all our heaters
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    I emailed a company out of Finland that was selling the top simplified controller around last November and was told it was only compatible with planers manufacturered around 2016 and up. I ordered the planer about a year prior to Bk being a dealer for them but if it will work I’d like to get one.

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    i know its an older thread but i was curious how long it took for the install? I was thinking about getting a nice heater for our raider 220 profish. We will have a little one with us starting in march so i wanted to make sure the boats warm on those colder days on the water. I dont know too much about the heaters but i would assume you just have to hook it up to the battery and get the intake hoses placed correctly and find a spot for the fuel tank but i dont have any experience with installing them. Just trying to get an idea on what i would be getting myself into. Thanks!
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    I am sure Brian could install one in less than half the time I did. Anyways, being a person that actually reads instructions(X's2), I think about 2 hours. But that is in a SeaSport where I ran/fished the wires up front to a fuse and power connection there. Three holes cut in the fiberglass for wires and exhaust. Put the tank in the back where I could easily access it so had to fish the fuel lines back. It's not hard but I took my time and thought about it as I went along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwackkillncrew View Post
    i know its an older thread but i was curious how long it took for the install? I was thinking about getting a nice heater for our raider 220 profish. We will have a little one with us starting in march so i wanted to make sure the boats warm on those colder days on the water. I dont know too much about the heaters but i would assume you just have to hook it up to the battery and get the intake hoses placed correctly and find a spot for the fuel tank but i dont have any experience with installing them. Just trying to get an idea on what i would be getting myself into. Thanks!
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    I noticed that the power supply wiring for the Planers doesn’t appear to be marine grade wire, has anybody been replacing with better wire or just using the supplied wire?
    Also, mine had spade fuses on both positive and negative wires, I am planning on cutting them both out and tying only the positive into a resettable circuit breaker so I don’t have to carry fuses. Not sure if a circuit breaker is as “fast acting” as a fuse but I will find out if it matters in time I suppose.

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    We tie them into the blue seas fuse panel or similar on most installs. If absent, all the way to the battery then as per instructions.
    Cut, and eliminate the fuses on the power cord, to the appropriate length. Then install one of the supplied fuses into the positive receptacle of your fuse panel.
    They like the user to tie them directly to a battery so the power cannot be killed before proper cool down time. This if course applies to any brand of this style heater whether its Planar, Espar, Webssto, etc....
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    I would wrap the existing wire with friction tape, you can find it at home depot or lowes in the electrical section. It has a durable fabric base and will protect the bundles good. While you're there pick up a tube of no-lox electrical connection anti corrosion paste (Burndy). A thin coating works great.

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