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Old Man Oldman 10-18-2017 03:29 PM

Tankless water heater recommendations
 
I'm looking for a small tankless water heater for use in my yurt. Since I will be off-grid at least for the near future, it must be propane-powered with no AC power requirement.
This one looks like it might do, but it's meant for outdoor use. I'm guessing I would need to construct a vent for it. Does anyone know of any comparable heaters I should be considering?

Jafo 10-18-2017 06:39 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Here is a great combo (or you can split them up):

https://amzn.to/2Ywm2Ad


https://amzn.to/3b3lSTM


The pump runs off of 12v. It is the setup I have at my camp for my shower and I have a second for my sink.

I use no vents.

dtmeihls 10-25-2017 09:21 AM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
I agree with above.

Same set up I use too.

Great little system.

Dan

Old Man Oldman 10-25-2017 12:11 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Since my water supply is a well, I have a 220v pump (powered by a generator) feeding a pressure tank, so I don't need the 12v pump. I will keep the pump in mind if I get set up for rainwater recovery. As long as the water heater can achieve at least a 60 degree temperature rise at about 1 gpm water flow, it should be fine for my purposes.

PS: I have seen two general types of propane space heaters: blue flame (convection heat) and orange (infrared). I gather that the convection heater heats the air, while the infrared heater heats nearby objects. Is that accurate?


Thanks

Jafo 11-04-2017 05:23 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Correct as far as I know..

shesupsidedown 11-27-2017 06:50 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
I have the eco temp mentioned above...though I have mainly used it outside. Now that it is cold I need running water inside. Do you use it inside? Do you store the propane outside? Can you give more details on how you have it rigged for your sink? Thanks!

Jafo 11-27-2017 08:08 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
I have the propane inside and I run it inside. We are talking about 5 - 10 minutes a day when I am there. Keep in mind, this is just for my yurt CAMP. I do not live there full-time.

northwestyurtliving 03-15-2018 01:34 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
We have an eccotemp L5 tankless hot water heater, and it has worked well while we were living off grid in Hawaii. Note that this water heater is meant to be used outside. Now that we are in Washington, with temperatures that dip below freezing in the winter months, our water heater broke. We didn't bleed the lines (my fault), whoops! We still have yet to figure out a better option for the winter months...

Overall I would not recommend the eccotemp hot water heater unless you're in an area that doesn't get a winter freeze!!

Jafo 03-16-2018 05:47 AM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Why would you need a heater to heat hot water? :P

Yes, you cannot let these (or any water heater) freeze. They do have a freeze plug that you can unscrew on the bottom to drain the unit. Even the slightest freeze will break these things.

alyssam 05-01-2020 01:35 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jafo (Post 8373)
Here is a great combo (or you can split them up):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007EC667I...rldwidecreatio

The pump runs off of 12v. It is the setup I have at my camp for my shower and I have a second for my sink.

I use no vents.

I know this post is a few years old- wondering if you could say the name of the setup, as the amazon link no longer works. we're looking for something for a shower and sink to be used inside our yurt for kitchen and bathroom but something that can deal with freezing temps in the winter!
thanks!

Jafo 05-04-2020 07:33 AM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Yes, here is the heater and pump separately:


https://amzn.to/2Ywm2Ad


https://amzn.to/3b3lSTM

alyssam 05-06-2020 02:16 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jafo (Post 10089)
Yes, here is the heater and pump separately:


https://amzn.to/2Ywm2Ad


https://amzn.to/3b3lSTM

Thank you so much for the speedy reply. Do you have your yurt somewhere it freezes? That's the water heater I was looking at initially but we would like to use it inside, do you use yours outside? Trying to figure out a safe way to use a propane tankless inside (not sure best way to vent to outside) where we can just use a hose really. Seems like these would be perfect except they say to use outside.

Jafo 05-06-2020 03:08 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Yes, it gets down to -35 here in the winter. I used it inside. When I am not there (it is my camp, not my home) I put non-toxic RV antifreeze in it.

alyssam 05-08-2020 01:12 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jafo (Post 10094)
Yes, it gets down to -35 here in the winter. I used it inside. When I am not there (it is my camp, not my home) I put non-toxic RV antifreeze in it.

do you vent it or did you just hook it up inside? thanks!

Jafo 05-09-2020 05:19 PM

Re: Tankless water heater recommendations
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alyssam (Post 10096)
do you vent it or did you just hook it up inside? thanks!


I just hooked it up inside. The longest it runs is about 1 minute when I fill up the sink to do dishes. I have another in our shower yurt and I usually run that with the door open.


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