Sunday, January 20, 2013


Sunday, January 20 – With Mother Nature continuing to treat us with some rather “BRISK” temperatures – especially at night, on Thursday, Paul decided to install our Blue Flame propane heater that he removed from the Motorhome. It took some searching to find all the needed parts, but after driving all over the RGV, Paul gathered all the parts and hopefully will get the installation completed in one day.

He started by installing a shut-off valve in place of an existing 1/2” plug in the propane line. This will allow us to shut off the propane gas supply when we remove the heater in warmer weather.

shut off valve

He then ran a propane line from this shut-off to the location of the heater. This required the removal of a wall in the main basement storage area. By removing this wall, Paul could crawl into an area normally reserved for running electrical, water, heat, and other utility lines.

no wall in basement'

From there he drilled a hole through the wall,

hole in wall

fed the propane line through the hole

line through hole

looking through hole

and bingo….he had a location for the heater. He used a quick disconnect on the heater so it could be easily removed and stored when not in use.

Quick disconnect

To finish up, Paul then checked all the fittings for leaks, using a soapy solution. No leaks, so the final check was to turn on the heater and see how it works. It was a pretty simple install except for the many trips to Home Depot for materials. It doesn't matter how well you plan, it always seems to require extra trips for parts and supplies......jeesh!

proprane heater

Bella prefers the warmth of the sun.
Bella in sun.

POST NOTE (SEVERAL DAYS LATER). It's amazing how much warmer the RV is with the Blue Flame heater and with very little propane used. These cold mornings made the overhead heat pump work pretty hard or required using the RV furnace which is not very fuel efficient. Now the Blue Flame heater has everything toasty in no time!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!