Finally found the sweet spot, I think…

I’m still trying to determine whether to mark the new propane space heater “emergency use only.” It depends entirely on whether I can afford the propane to run it every night, which I’m currently doing just to gauge consumption but the past few nights haven’t gone below freezing so it hasn’t kicked on at all and I’m just wasting gas on the pilot.

I’ve also been trying to find the Goldilocks setting on this annoying cheap thermostat, and I think I finally did.

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I’m forced to guess at which part of this little sliding scale I want. Too warm and I’m wasting propane and kicking off blankets, too cold and I wake up shivering and wishing I’d piled on more blankets. It’s a nice sort of problem to have, don’t get me wrong, I mean first-world problems are the best kind. But it’s still an issue. I can get a better thermostat locally but it’s $30 I don’t currently have and will certainly be able to find better uses for even when I do.

This morning dawned ever-so slightly cooler than yesterday morning. The thermometer said 53o and the heater wasn’t on. The addition is on the shady side of the cabin in the morning so I could expect the temperature to continue to fall a bit – and at 49 or 51 degrees the heater kicked on.

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And it brought the bedroom up to mid or high fifties, and then it politely turned itself off. 😀

Perfect.

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2 Responses to Finally found the sweet spot, I think…

  1. Ben says:

    I have managed with the same crappy inaccurate thermostat for over a quarter century now. I could easily have replaced it, but once you find the sweet spot…

  2. Unclezip says:

    My travel trailer has one of those. There’s actually a way to adjust the hysteresis on it, but takes some fiddling. Until I figured it out, it would kick off at 50, and not kick off until 70, at which time I’d have to crack a window…Sounds as if yours is just right.

To the stake with the heretic!