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electric - on demand water heater?

I am a part of a camp in the Benezette area. We are in the process of doing some much-needed remodeling. We are considering an electric, on-demand (tankless) water heater. Does anyone have any experience with them? Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated.

We currently use a gravity fed shower that we haul stove-heated water to as we need it. It works, but we would like to make some improvements. We don't want to have to drain a hot water tank every time we leave in the winter, so the tankless seems to be ideal.
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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

I looked into an on demand electric water heater a few months ago when I was remodeling the laundry room. I went to my plumbing and heating company, one of the best in the area. What they old me was they don't recommend them. They said most homes aren't wired to handle the electricity draw these heaters use and they really drive up the electric bill. They did however have good things to say about the propane and natural gas heaters.



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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

We installed a small 6 gallon 120 volt electric water heater in our camp. My son in law bought it at Lowes. If you aren't going to do loads of laundry and want it only to wash dishes and take showers, this one does the job, and it takes up very little space.
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?part...ollow&cId=PDIO1
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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

Thanks for the posts. The 6 or 12 gallon tanks may make more sense.
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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

If you have propane gas then use the propane on demand. I hooked ours up 4 years ago and its fantastic. We also use the propane wall unit ceramic heaters and they are great. Way better than oil or gas forced hot air.
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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

sportsmans guide has LP units
can hook up a LP tank just like for your grill

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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

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sportsmans guide has LP units
can hook up a LP tank just like for your grill
those units are very small and dont seem to heat water fast enough. I had the small unit and returned it and bought a normal size one for the same price off ebay.
you need to look at the gallons per minute to see what fits your needs
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Thanks again! I saw the units in the sportsman's guide a month ago. It is good to get some feedback on those too!
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Re: electric - on demand water heater?

An HVAC guy that I trust warned me that those on demand heaters can really lose efficiency with some well water.
Don't know a lot more than that but I had to replace my tank this spring and everyone I talked to about the on demand heaters, LP and electric, steered me away from them.

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An HVAC guy that I trust warned me that those on demand heaters can really lose efficiency with some well water.
Don't know a lot more than that but I had to replace my tank this spring and everyone I talked to about the on demand heaters, LP and electric, steered me away from them.
Thanks Neighbor! Given what I have read, I think I am going to go with a 12 gallon electric. It won't be much of an issue to drain, it should satisfy the needs of a camp, and I would guess that it would be easier to repair if an issue arises. The only thing I will probably do is swap the plastic drain valve for a brass one before I install the tank.
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