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Old 12-11-2013, 05:44 PM
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Block Heater Timer

I've read a lot of threads on block heater use. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, it's used a lot. The thing is, with the block heater and two battery blankets, it draws a lot of amps, so I don't want it plugged in all night. It only takes about 3 hours to bring the temp gauge off the C peg when it's below 20F.

Anyway, what I REALLY want, and can't find, is a thermo timer. The timer needs to run all the time, but only send power IF the temp is below 20F (or whatever you set it at). It should be a weatherproof unit that sits outside and plugs in to the outdoor outlet.

Its so simple, yet nobody seems to make them. No need to warm up the truck if it's 30F outside, but if it's -20F hell yeah!

Anybody seen a smart block heater timer they like? Has anyone MADE one they like?

Right now, I'm running it on a simple mechanical timer that comes on about 3 hours before I go to work. It works well, but the temps are so unpredictable, no need to heat it when it's above 20F.

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Old 12-12-2013, 05:57 PM
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It would be easy to make with a line voltage thermostat and a heavy relay or contractor.
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Such things exist. Mostly thought of for roof deicing cables or livestock water bowl heaters. Google this "adjustable thermostatically controlled outlet". You'll find some with different temp on/off limits.

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Up here there are temperature controlled little power bars made for controlling block heaters you can buy that you can plug a power cord into that give you power below a certain temperature only.


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It would be easy to make with a line voltage thermostat and a heavy relay or contractor.
Actually you wouldn't even need a relay. Grainger has a 20A line voltage thermostat. Just wire it up in a box.
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That's a good idea actually. For now it's on the timer but I can head to Grainger.

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any decent timer will work it's only 10 amps and no start up load

if I lived in your neck of the woods and had the same utility rate I do know I would leave it plugged in all night at 12 cents an hour a KW it's not bad money wise

what do you pay for a Kilo Watt Hour ??


but the temp controlled units are a good idea if you really don't want to spend the money but 20 degrees is still cold in my book LOL I like heat sooner than later myseld

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:25 AM
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How about something like this. Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat. Found it on ebay.
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That would probably work great. Never seen one like that before.
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Do you have a link to battery blankets you use?
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