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Diesel Heater - Where to put it!

Grimbo

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Cant see from the photo. You obviously know all about combustion areas like with house flues. does it not bother you how hot the exhaust pipe gets? I may be being paranoid. just interested.
Don't under estimate the heat from the exhaust..... our Ducato Camper van heater exhaust exits pointing down about 10-12 inches from the ground.....generates enough heat to wilt grass after a nights stop ..... I'd be inclined to duct it into the chassis section ;-)
 

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Thought I’d update this thread with the finished install should someone else find it useful in the future.

For location, I went with rear passenger step area as I initially thought. Thanks @Andy for the pics which made it easier to visualise what it would look like when finished. In my opinion, this location also had the following advantages:
  • Short run to the main tank sender
  • Exhaust heat shield also acts as a perfect weather shield above which I mounted the dosing pump
  • All intake, exhaust and fuel lines are higher than the chassis rail and sidestep so should be reasonably well protected from damage
  • Air Intake and Exhaust are easy to access and cover if i ever need to drive through more than a puddle
I tried to mitigate exhaust gasses pooling under the truck by making a short detachable section of hose that routes the gasses just short of the sidestep to minimise the risk of contact burns.
If anyone want to use this location i highly recommend a 45 degree fuel line elbow and 90 degree air intake elbow (see 3rd pic) as these make it very easy to cross over the chassis rail to create the exhaust/intake separation recommended in the installation notes.

My first impression is wow, after the unit get up to temp it is incredibly quiet and doesn’t struggle getting there even though it’s a 2KW.

I’ve got a few things left to do including making a baseboard to protect the unit and a window passthrough for the hose but those should be the easy bits. I intend to reuse the quick attach flanges from my Chinese heater-in-a-box to make setup as quick and effortless as possible.

Thanks to everyone who shared there setups!

Rosy 1 - Heater Cutouts.jpg2 - Heater Cabin.jpg3 - Exhaust and Intake.jpg4 - Silencer.jpg5 - Exhaust Extension.jpg6 - Heater Flange.jpg7 - Heater Flange.jpg
 

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Looks good rosy, how are u getting it to the alu cab? I’m loath to drill a hole in mine & am still poking the pipe in the side door flap!
 

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Same as you @Andy. I tied a bit of rope to the pipe and clipped it to the top edge of the window. This keeps it in place when opening and closing. I think thats about as high tech as its going to get for me. as I wouldn't dare cut into the shell or the fabric.. and mines not even new!
 
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