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11-28-2005, 02:04 AM
just curious which is better...

A) get timer, set to 1 hour before leaving to turn on.
B) plug in heater all night.
C) my timer has on/off options every half hour, should I just alternate?

I'm betting A's the better answer but just wanted to see what you guys thought.
It's just starting to dip below freezing where I am right now so time to start using that thing.


11-28-2005, 08:35 AM
Correct... A is the answer. Canadian Tire sells a cheap easily programmable block heater timer.

11-28-2005, 08:38 AM
Man gotta be really cold to use that, i have one, never used it though.

Mike Jung
11-28-2005, 09:16 AM
Yeah, you don't need it until it is really cold.

Like -18C/0F or below (like when dino oil starts to get thick, freeze/gel.).
(but I have been know to start using it when it is below -10C/14F.
I like to have heat fast & take my car on the highway right-a-way to work, living by the highway on-ramp.)

Get a timer & use it to turn on.

I would set it for like 4-hours before I would start driving, when it was that cold.