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    gas water heaters

    Having lived on a canal boat in England where gas water heaters are commonly used
    I've often wondered why I've never seen these types of water heater in Thailand.

    I would have thought that up in the villages they would have been a good idea as
    they would not be affected by electricity cuts. Most people use gas for cooking
    so already have a bottle of gas there.

    So what is the reason that they are not used?

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    They have them in some of the big building depots, starting price of around 5,000baht compared to electric shower heaters starting at 2,000baht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossing continents View Post
    Having lived on a canal boat in England where gas water heaters are commonly used
    I've often wondered why I've never seen these types of water heater in Thailand.

    I would have thought that up in the villages they would have been a good idea as
    they would not be affected by electricity cuts. Most people use gas for cooking
    so already have a bottle of gas there.

    So what is the reason that they are not used?
    Most people up in the villages don't use heated water.

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    They are available in Chiang Rai and I have stayed at hotels that have them fitted.

    Much cheaper to run than electric showers and get the water properly hot

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    So what is the reason that they are not used?
    Local availability probably the biggest reason. Coupled with higher purchase cost and more frequent bottled gas fill ups.

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    I have a gas water heater now.

    It's marvellous after 13 years of crappy electric ones

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    Ah. So they are available and cheaper to run than electric ones. Think I will invest in
    one.

    Anybody know what makes are available and recommendable?

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    The fancy hotels in Bangkok have them, but most buildings only run one water circuit, and you put your electric heater at the outlet. Actually much more efficient than the central water heaters found in the USA where you heat 40-80 feet of pipe before you get warm water from your faucet or shower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossing continents
    Anybody know what makes are available and recommendable?
    Doubt you'll find in Chaiyaphum. Khon Kean would be the closest where they would be available. I'd start at Home Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Doubt you'll find in Chaiyaphum. Khon Kean would be the closest where they would be available. I'd start at Home Pro.
    I'm back in the village in a couple of weeks and intend to visit Khon Kaen so will have a
    look. I guess Global would be a good place too.

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    I would think about installing the heater on the outside wall and running a short metal pipe to bring the hot water inside.
    That way all the gas bits are outside.
    Just need to make a hood/cover to keep the water heater protected

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    I would think about installing the heater on the outside wall and running a short metal pipe to bring the hot water inside.
    That way all the gas bits are outside.
    Just need to make a hood/cover to keep the water heater protected
    Good advice. Actually my bathroom is next to my outside Thai style kitchen and so the heater would be protected under a roof and be able to share the gas bottle used for cooking. Another short run of pipe would supply the kitchen sink.

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    I think they went out of fashion after several deaths by CO poisoning

    Thetyims suggestion would solve that problem
    Last edited by DrAndy; 13-09-2010 at 09:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    I think they went out of fashion after several deaths by CO2 poisoning

    Thetyims suggestion would solve that problem
    Think it was carbon monoxide problems rather than carbon dioxide.

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    true, I got an extra oxygen atom from somewhere

    edited

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    Many hotels in phnom penh use them,one unit can service many rooms.I know of a hotel with more than twenty rooms and gas hot water costs less than $30 a month.
    Very common in western australia,instantaneous hot water.
    Bloody hot and bloody cheap to run.

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    Crossing continents,
    If you find the gas water heater in Khon kaen, let us know. I'll be very interested. I'm starting my house build in October, but need to build a temp/permanent kitchen/bathroom before we demolish the existing building.

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    I put in a Mazuma gas water heater about 2 years ago when I built our house. No problems so far and plenty of hot water. The bathroom has an outside wall so I mounted it inside and had the local stainless guy make me a flue. The ignitor runs off two D cells so you can get a hot shower even when the electric goes out, as it does here 3 or 4 times a week. With 2 people showering a bottle of gas will last 5 to 8 months, depending on the weather. The batteries last about a year and a half. I bought it on sale at HomePro in Udon but Global carried them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fremmel
    you can get a hot shower even when the electric goes out
    A good reason to use a gas heater but I live in very small village. If the power goes out, pump which supplies water to the main goes off as well. Can't even take a cold shower. But no worries, can always take an Isaan "shower" across the street in the old house.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    I have a gas heater in Portugal, where they are very common

    being an old one, it supplies only one shower at a time, without problems

    I use approx one bottle of gas a month for two people, when it is cool weather (20C)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    I have a gas heater in Portugal, where they are very common

    being an old one, it supplies only one shower at a time, without problems

    I use approx one bottle of gas a month for two people, when it is cool weather (20C)
    Yes the temperature of the water going into the heater makes a huge difference in the
    amount of gas you use. On the boat in the winter our usage shot up but I'm guessing
    in Thailand the usage will be half of that.

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    On a house we built we used a gas water heater initially, it wasn't hot enough so we changed to solar panels, reason it wasn't hot enough was the tanks were in the roof which was nice and cool due to being insulated, also had problems getting enough water thru it for the jacuzzi.

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    Have one of these at home in NZ.They are all outside mounted.approx 20,000THB.

    Fukking marvellous things. No prob with two showers going. Have really high pressure here...almost too much.Bloody great!

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