Recommended block heater

Recommended block heater

Postby Kirkus [OP] » November 12th 2014, 3:45pm

Hi all,
I haven't been too active here lately because I haven't been doing too much to The Bus except driving it and preventative/routine stuff. For you all that are in cold weather, I need a recommendation for an engine block heater. I'd rather not mess with a freeze plug heater or a dipstick heater. Have you all had any luck with heaters?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Recommended block heater

Postby redfury » November 14th 2014, 6:14am

Depends on what you want out of the heater and how much you want to spend. The easiest install would be a lower radiator hose heater. Splice it in with 2 clamps and plug it into the house...you'll lose some coolant, it's gonna be a mess, but it's the easiest. Not sure what the diameter of it is off hand though.

Now, if you want to put something in that will give you immediate heat when you drive away...then you are looking at a much nicer and more expensive recirculation heater...it'll heat up the entire engine and coolant so that there is hardly any wait for full heat. Great for those days you have to make a short run, or you have a short run to work every day and don't want to install a remote starter and waste all that gas.
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Re: Recommended block heater

Postby Astrofarian » November 14th 2014, 6:33am

Your LAPS will have a listing for an inline heater that fits into the heater hose; much easier than cutting a perfectly good rad hose and around $50. We've used them on farm tractors for years and never had any issues. They are around 1500watts if I recall correctly.
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