The Vornado Heater and a Little Carpeting

Vornado Digital Space Heater model VO-DVTH  
Works well for the Trekker Van – I use it on the floor now
Here it is November 7, 2011 and Christmas has gone and passed…  Well, at least in our family it has passed.  My sister and brother-in-law came in from out of town and spent several days with Dad and I in order to celebrate before the weather turns cold and snowy.  We ate at some awesome restaurants in the area and enjoyed lots of time together.
Just before Sis arrived, I decided to cover the column inside the van and just to the right of the side cargo door.  Ugly, curved, and full of holes, I carpeted it with foam back carpet and some carpet tape.  You can see it behind the heater.  It gave a more finished look – something desirable to show company.
Warning… Food displayed below!!!!!!
Friday’s Dessert – Bayoo Goo Pie
On Friday night we went to the Lone Star Steakhouse and did some serious damage to a cow.  Yum!  Afterward, we had a gift exchange.  Everyone received fun, usable gifts and I think each person had a good time.  I sprang for the pie which was called bayoo goo… It’s a no-bake cheesecake filling, pecans, chocolate, whipped cream, and shaved chocolate on top.  http://kathyspies.com/products.asp?cat=1
One of the gifts my sister and brother-in-law bought for me was a case of baby wipes.  They come in so handy when a person cannot get to a shower.  I used them last night at the favorite campground in Hills, Iowa.  I visited an old friend, ate at a favorite restaurant, won $50 at the casino, and camped out in comfort.
What made the camping comfortable was the new space heater.  Sis and the bro-in-law gave me a generous gift card from the local Menards home improvement center.  In addition to a tall, roomy wastebasket for the van, I fell in love with the Vornado space heater.  It claimed to more effectively distribute air as well as would turn itself on and off with a programmable temperature control.  I had to give it a try.  The old heater worked but was a $4 piece of shi* from a rummage sale.
One of the biggest problems with my old cheapie space heater was the 63 or 84 degree temperature options depending on whether it set on low or high.  On low it was usually comfortable at 10:00, cold by midnight, then I would crank it up to high and later in the night would awaken in a pool of spit rolling like a chicken on a rotisserie.  This new heater offered much better temperature control.
Last night (Sunday night), the low temperature at the campground was 30.  I set the temp control to 72 and woke up in the early morning with the temp around 68… Not too bad, I guess.  This was with the Vornado sitting on the counter.  I tried placing it on the floor (colder area) and set the control to 68.  Near the cold floor, the heater ran a little more to keep things warm. Above the sleeping area (where the indoor-outdoor thermometer is situated) stayed at a comfortable 74.  The moral of the story is to learn where to place the heater and adjust the setting until you get the exact results you desire.
So what was the impression of the Vornado?  It is QUIET, almost silent.   (I wish that damn Cobra inverter was this quiet!)  It is also a very safe appliance.  You can set it on the counter near other objects.  It’s not your typical glowing hot heater or one with flames and fumes.  The Vornado puts out a gentle kiss of warm air so subtle you don’t even realize it is running.  The temperature control works as well as can be expected.  After all, it’s designed for a house, not a cargo van with warm walls, a cold floor, and drafts.  Once you adjust for these factors, it is a great little machine.  I would buy this device again.  It received a consistent 4 stars out of 5 rating on the Internet.
Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for the gift card that bought the new heater!  Now it’s time to get into the deep freeze… I still have some Bayoo Goo pie leftover…  🙂
 

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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3 Responses to The Vornado Heater and a Little Carpeting

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Brad,
    Enjoy your blog. I too have been searching for a quiet heater for in my Road Trek. Could you please post the model # as there are quite a few models shown for the vornado heater.
    Thanks, Bob

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Bob. I updated that page with the model number… It’s kind of a strange model… They call it the Model VO-DVTH… No numbers.

    I have migrated it to the floor and as the heat rises, it fills the whole area with comfort. I sort of ignore the auto temp control because if you set it for 65 on the cold floor, it’s 78 near the ceiling. It’s a bit of a trick to get it just right but oh, the feeling of warm floors in the morning.

    The best part of the Vornado is that it does not heat to dangerous temperatures. I would recommend setting it on carpet – I don’t feel any clearance is required.

    So far the Vornado has worked fine down to the teens but I’m going to test it further as the Iowa weather gets colder. I do have to use the propane heater on the coldest of nighs but only to do a quick warm up from 30 to 70. Then the propane gets shut down and the Vornado keeps it toasty all night.

    They do sell bigger Vornadoes, too. I LOVE the quiet of this heater. Most of the time I forget it is even on.

    Thanks for the comment and for reading.

    Brad

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Brad
    Quiet is what I am looking for. We don’t camp in extreme cold weather but the heater I have now cycles the fan speed from low to high (loud) when it calls for more heat and and then slows again. The cycling up and down wakes us up.

    Thanks again
    Bob