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    Default Propane preheater

    Has anyone used one of these before? Are they safe?
    http://www.amazon.com/Mr%252e-Heater...980888&sr=8-21
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    Get a Coleman "Sport Cat" instead. Much,much safer than Mr. Heaters. I've seen the larger version Mr. Heater burst into flames several different times at work. Couldn't imagine having one those anywhere near my airplane.

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    Ok, thanks. I'll look into that.
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    Just remember what happens to propane in sub zero weather.....

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    I prefer to just plug in my oil pan heater. It's the safest way. When I'm not at home (remote), I usually just throw the 1000 watt Honda in the plane, and take my power with me. Works good if you got the room.

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    Ditto on the 1000W Generator. Works great and is safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCub View Post
    I prefer to just plug in my oil pan heater. It's the safest way. When I'm not at home (remote), I usually just throw the 1000 watt Honda in the plane, and take my power with me. Works good if you got the room.
    Think about going to a local auto parts store and picking up on a low-cost 800-watt automobile enginer heater. Install it in the engine compartment (they're quire small). It won't have any bad effect on engine lubricants (oil), and works really well, even at fifty below!

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    I also use a small Blow Dryer on "low" with the 1000 Honda.. It works good!!! What model auto heater are you talking about Griz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCub View Post
    I also use a small Blow Dryer on "low" with the 1000 Honda.. It works good!!! What model auto heater are you talking about Griz?
    Don't have one handy, and don't remember the name or model. Almost any auto parts store will have one. My mechanic got mine just across Fifth Avenue from the old tower and Safeway Aviation location. It was about 6" wide, 9" long and about 2" high, as I recall it. Quite small. Included the fan. I always had one hard-mounted in the engine compartments and one under either the pilot's seat (Super Cubs) or co-pilot seat (in the Cessnas). Both the engine and all instruments were kept operationally warm that way. They required 120- volt power, and this was handled by a faired-in male connection at the aircraft and a female connection on a short heavy-duty extension cord. This was joined to a longer expension cord that remained on the ground (in my car or, in the case of remote airports, in a transient hangar).

    Either look for simething on the Internet or visit any local auto parts store . . . . .

    You'll love that installation!

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