If you do fit a webasto it's definitely worth wiring it up to a GSM switch so you can turn it on with the phone.
It's really cool to be able to do this. If you have a "smart phone" there are free applications which allow you to do timed calls or SMS so you can also use the phone as an infinitely variable timer for the heating.
It's pretty straightforward to implement with a £15 ready made unit and a sim card.
Obviously depends on availability of signal inside the boat - or you could extend the antenna and have it outside.
I had a similar but DIY system at one time when I had a Mikuni heater. The best one was when returning from France I switched the heating on from Calais. It was very cold so a few hours warming up the boat was very satisfactory.
Of course there is a slight risk associated with remote control in the sense that if the thing floods with fuel it can sometimes go mad and smoke everything out but that is unusual and tends to be due to the fuel being too high above the unit.
They are designed to be installed above the fuel tank.
I once commissioned a Bubble PJ on a narrow boat, 2 rads and a cauliflower. Even at the lowest setting, the burner was too high for the system, so it operated at 20 secs prepurge, 90 secs burn, followed by 90 secs post purge. Most of the heat was lost in the purges, and consequently the heat never got to the furthest reaches.If you can't use at least 10 kws, and have a pump to move about 10 gallon of water per minute through the system, don't fit one. A drip feed Bubble or Refleks or similar running full chat will consume 3/4 lt of diesel per hour, each hour of each day if left on all the time, so can be expensive. Smaller outputs are obviously less thirsty, but at 2kw output, will drink 1/3rd litre, but will be constant and clean. If full time liveaboard, solid fuel is probably the best option in terms of control and comfort, if you are there to tend to it and clean out the ash, followed by the drip feed.
That puzzles me with the PJ ...... in the summer mine only heats the cauliflower and one tiny towel radiator in the bathroom It runs up and ignites, runs for a few minutes then the burner stops when the circulating water reaches max temp but the circulating pump continues running until the circulating water temperature drops below the burner setting then the cycle repeats. There is no heat wasted at all the circulating pump only switches off when the water temperature has dropped below the range of the boiler thermostat.
The cauliflower and radiator are quite well forward in the boat and must be the best part of 50 foot from the boiler
loddon: Thanks for the confirmation, I am thinking of changing tablets because of the cough but maybe I wont
Mar 31, 2020 13:07:45 GMT
JohnV: There are other drugs but I haven't found the side effects with Ramipril to be bad, it seems to just make my throat a bit more sensitive so things that might have just tickled my throat and make me want to clear it now make me cough.
Mar 31, 2020 13:58:31 GMT
loddon: The cough is the only one I get from ramipril, although the combinatins of drugs I am on has interesting effects.
Apr 1, 2020 15:56:47 GMT