Updated: Aug 7
Hi everybody, we're back with an updated version of our tried and tested diesel heater post...
Since our last tried and tested diesel heater post a lot has changed so we thought it was time to revamp it, and as is always a good idea to do things better the 2nd time round we have decided to make it a lot better so here is our brand new...
TRIED AND TESTED DIESEL HEATERS 2.1 POST
You might have noticed that the title of the post has not changed much since our last post tried and tested diesel heaters 2.0 and this is because it is essentially exactly the same post as before but with a new amazing photo and few awesome updates for 2021, so if it looks familiar to you thats because it is.
As we said above a lot has changed since our last post that we were not too happy so we have been busy ordering some new heaters to check out.
Just like the previous post what we mean by tried and tested is that we have ordered them and received exactly what was advertised and they turned up either on or before the date they were supposed to. .
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2KW OR 5KW?
5KW Heaters are very powerful and kick out a lot of heat, if you install one of these heaters in a MWB you will get too hot very quickly. For anything MWB or below we suggest installing a 2KW heater.
That being said if you have a very well insulated LWB van with a 5KW it will get hot quickly too and if you have a uninsulated WMB van with lots of windows a 2KW might struggle to keep your van warm or take ages to get to a decent temp.
Basically 2KW heaters are powerful enough for most vans even LWB if they are well insulated, if you have an uninsulated LWB van go for a 5KW heater if you have anything bigger insulated or not got for a 5KW...
Our favourite 5KW unit is one that we have been recommending to people since our first ever diesel heater post and that is the Triclicks below.
Over the past couple of years we have fitted a lot of these heaters for people and not once have they ever let us down.
First of all they come with a decent LCD controller and remote control that have lots of youtube videos on how to use them. Recently we have seen lots of weird and new controllers coming with units that nobody seems to know how to use and no tutorial videos have been made about them so that can get very confusing.
The components that are sent with the unit are always a decent quality, the fuel pumps always smell like diesel when they arrive meaning they have all been tested before packing, they come with the rigid white 2mm fuel line and there are always extra screws and bolts etc in the box so you don't run out.
Triclicks12V 5000W Air Diesel Heater Parking Heater 10L (Style 2)
Triclicks 12V 5000W Air Diesel Heater Parking Heater 10L (Style 7)
Another 5KW heater that we are loving at the moment is the MAXPEEDINGRODS, it comes with a nice tight exhaust pipe fitting that is quite rare to find It also comes with a decent remote and control panel so instructional videos are easy to find, a stand pipe so you can go through the top of your fuel tank and 2 x vents, a splitter and extra ducting.
If you buy the MAXPEEDINGRODS heaters from Amazon or Ebay there is a good chance that you will be sent a unit with the Green fuel line that we always advise using. We have spoken to MAXPEEDINGRODS about this and they have assured us that if you buy them direct from their website using our link and discount code they will send you a unit with the correct hard nylon type.
12V 5000W LCD Monitor Air Diesel Heater Display 2KW-5KW for SUV Trucks MotorHome
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When it comes to 2KW HEATERS there are not that many choices on the market to be honest with you and the ones that are out there are pretty much always the same and come with the same three button control panel.
These first 3 heaters below are exactly this and what most people expect to get when they order a 2KW heater, they are the correct dimensions, have 60mm ducting and what people will refer to as a genuine 2KW diesel heater.
They are very easy to use once you get the hang of the remote and the features and are literally as imaginative as a genuine 2KW heater gets.
2KW Diesel Air Heater Planar 2000W 12V For Trucks Boats Silencer
FlowerW 2KW Air Diesel Heater Planar 12V Parking Heater with Silencer Diesel Heater lcd switch 10L Tank for Trucks Motor-Homes RV Trailer
These next two heaters are technically 2KW heaters in the way they are set up to give you the same amount of heat on full power as a 2KW heater but in all reality they are just 5KW heater units restricted to 2KW by the setting in the control panel.
This means the physical size of the heater is the same size as a 5KW heater with 75mm ducting so is not great for anybody wanting to fit in under a van in the factory position on T5/T6 transporters or anybody that is tight on space. This is pretty much the only bad point in our opinion and the good points far out weigh the bad.
First of all they look amazing and have an aluminium case instead of plastic like most.
Next is because they are a restricted 5KW heater this means that they work with all of the good LCD control panels and remotes and is actually supplied with one of the best options on the market at the moment... Even the remote has an LCD screen so you can see what effect pressing the buttons is having!
FlowerW Diesel Heater 12V Diesel Air Heater 2KW Diesel Parking Heater
5KW ALL IN ONE UNITS
Let us start off by saying these all in one units are not for vehicle installs at all, installing one of these heaters in a vehicle is dangerous and can cause a serious risk to life...
The all in one heater units have been adapted from the units that are designed to be built into vans so they are portable and can be used to heat different things like garages, sheds, tents etc and that is what they are perfect for. You leave the unit outside and route the hot air ducting into whatever it is you are trying to heat so all the fumes will be outside where they are safe.
If you install one of these units inside a van then the exhaust manifold that you attach the exhaust pipe to would always be on the inside of the van and this is where it gets dangerous, if there is a leak from that point then the leak (and fumes) will be inside the van and that will cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
The units above this section are the correct type of unit for van installs as the exhaust manifold goes through your van floor underneath your vehicle and is sealed up so no fumes can get in, for more info on this please check out our fitting guide at the bottom of the post.
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That being said if you want an all in one heater for heating something other than a vehicle like a shed, garage, summer house, workshop etc these are the ones that we recommend...
Our favorite is this Triclicks unit, it is exactly the same unit as the 5KW Triclicks heater above but already assembled and in a case.
Triclicks Air Diesel Heater 12V 5KW Vehicle Heater Set LCD Thermostat 4 Holes Parking Heater
The next heater is just like the heater above in every way except when it comes down to the controller and remote, this unit comes with the awesome new blue style controller and a remote with a build in LCD screen so you can see if what you are pressing is doing anything...
Diesel Air Heater All-in-One 12V 5KW LCD Monitor For Cars Trucks Boats Bus RVs
And the final all in one unit we recommend is another brand we have already recommended and that is the Maxpeedingrods unit.
They are well made and come with a very common remote and if you buy direct from their website using our
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You will get 17% off at the checkout on anything in your basket.
12V 2KW-8KW Diesel Air Heater Remote Control LCD Display For Truck Van Motorhome
And that's it for our recommendations, if you are thinking about fitting your own heater please click the photo below for step by step fitting instructions...
If you are looking for spares, upgrades, or mod's for your heater please take a look at this post...
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