Introduction: Portable Tent Heater
still doing the finishing touches on the heater but it works!
Step 1: First Up You Need a Donor Propane Furnace
Luckily I had a friend who was dismantling a rotted camper so he gave me the furnace and inverter as well as all the plumbing
Step 2: First Step Was the Hardest. Ripping It Out of the Camper Was a Task of Its Own!
now that its out the next step was making sure it worked after ripping it out
Step 3: I Had a Problem With the Igniter and Thermocouple.
luckily I found a new spare in the camper in one of the drawers when taring it apart so i replaced them and presto it fired right up!
Step 4: Cutting the Top and Bottom
I wanted the heater to be one unit so I arranged the heater and inverter to be as small as possible but keep the inverter and wires safe from the heat.
I'd like to add that the heaters outer shell gets hot but you can still touch it but with that being said I still wanted to follow the old saying. "better safe than sorry"
Step 5: Cutting and Installing
measure twice cut once. the box I am building is 23 1/2 "long x 15 1/2" tall x 22" wide
the inverter is (120v ac to 12v dc) it came with 2 separate wall outlets one piggybacked off of the other. I figured I didn't need both of them so I only used the one that was GFCI since it will be outside with a slight chance of it getting wet I wanted no part in the possibility of getting shocked
Step 6: Wiring
this part was easy because I labeled everything before I took it from the camper plus the factory used wire splicing clips so i didn't have to cut the wires all I had to do was re connect and tuck the wires away from the heater
Step 7: Installing the Heat Shroud
sorry I didn't take any pictures of that part other than this one. the shroud is the gray portion on the bottom of the picture. its only purpose is a heat shield to protect the wires and inverter. there is a 2 inch gap from the shroud to the heater and another inch in a half space between the inverter and the shroud.
also fresh air is forced between the heater and shroud through the fan in the heater so the heat shield has constant fresh air keeping it cool
Step 8: Little Things Here and There
the black and white twisted wires are 12v for a light. I figured it would be nice to be able to see the panel at night. I'm going to put a license plate light there so its directed toward the panel
2nd picture. I had plenty of space left inside the box to fit the extra long 20 ft cord the inverter came with so I cut a slot to be able to stuff it inside
the thermostat is removable and is attached to a 10ft cord stuffed inside the empty space in the box so you can pull it out and put it in the tent to regulate the temperature
also I installed the entire exhaust system that the camper came with because it was double walled and the best part was it was already made so I didn't have to fabricate anything! that was a plus!!!! also I figured it was safe for the camper so why wouldn't it work in a box!
Step 9: I Know I Skipped a Lot But If You Can't Cut, Measure, Plan and Execute Bring It Over I'll Do It for You.
there still is a lot more to go. like the light for the panel, the outlet cover, paint or stain.
I'm thinking of making a cover to replace the brown metal grate so I can connect multiple dryer hoses that way I can heat more than one tent
and I saved the best for last because I'm sure I would get some messages about the hose clamp attaching the propane to the heater and how its not safe. I have to flare the copper pipe and attach a coupler and take the hose to the local pipe and hydraulic shop to have an end crimped on...so before I get hit with safety questions its going to be taken care of I promise!
I did this to test it and I figured since there is only 1 psi flowing through the line a hose clamp will do
Step 10: NOTE:
this is a forced air propane furnace with a sealed combustion chamber that expels carbon monoxide out of the exhaust....with that being said the unit should not be completely enclosed inside the tent..only the first quarter of the heater should be inserted inside the tent