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WEST MARINE Ceramic Cabin Heater

Model # 12858122Mfg # PF-1212-B6A1

$104.99

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Product Description

Highly efficient and powerful for its size, this compact cabin heater measures 6 7/8"W x 6 1/8"D x 9 5/8"H. It features ceramic honeycomb elements and an industrial-rated turbo fan that pumps out up to 5,200Btu/hr. of heat. Output is evenly regulated by the electronic temperature control and ambient temperature sensor that work together to evenly control output from 700W up to 1500W-without the jarring on/off of other designs. Safety features include overheat protection device and automatic tip over switch. Operates on 120V AC. One year warranty. Not available for sale in Canada.

Product Manual

Specs

Ceramic Cabin Heater

BTU's Up to 5200Btu
Dimensions 6 7/8"W x 6 1/8"D x 9 5/8"H
Input Power AC Electric
Material Ceramic
Warranty One Year

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West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Most efficient heater, ever!

      I am so happy to see this design of ceramic heater again! My old ones are all over 10yrs old, some 15+. These cubes (sometimes call "disc furnaces" because of...Read complete review

      I am so happy to see this design of ceramic heater again! My old ones are all over 10yrs old, some 15+. These cubes (sometimes call "disc furnaces" because of the element shape) are far better than the so-called "ceramic" heaters found in department stores for a fraction of the price. There is a reason why those are so cheap. They simply are not in the same class.

      These cubes produce a vast amount of very warm air - which is great for heating a room or a boat. They are noticeably heavier than heaters of the same size found in department stores at a fraction of the cost. Again, there is a reason why those are cheaper.

      These cubes are not silent. The fan passes a lot of air over the elements, which comes out very warm - but not hot. The design will not allow the elements to cook. As they get hotter the current flowing into them is reduced. But so much air is passed over them that the heat is drawn away, not allowing the elements to get too hot. Should the airflow be restricted the elements will heat and the current flowing to them will be reduced, all the way down. These cubes do have a thermostat of sorts. Once you reach desired room/space temp turn the knob down to where the cube is just running. From then on it will use sufficient current to get there, up to its maximum if needed.

      Compared to the broad, flat (and old technology) heater that West sells, that unit has more specific temperature and power settings, and is highly resistant to knock-overs because of its wide footprint. This cube, however, puts out far, far more heat. While its design and weight makes it resistant to tipping over, you could still trip over them. So you might want to secure them to a broad plate of some kind if used on a boat.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Careful! Thermostat won't turn off heat

      I love the heater EXCEPT that the thermostat will not turn off the heater when the cabin reaches optimum temperature. Yes, it throttles way down but doesn't turn off. If you have a...Read complete review

      I love the heater EXCEPT that the thermostat will not turn off the heater when the cabin reaches optimum temperature. Yes, it throttles way down but doesn't turn off. If you have a small cabin, you may not be able to leave the heater on all night; it may put out too much heat even at the lowest setting. You have to turn it off manually. I confirmed this behavior with West Marine.

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      5.0

      Great heater!

      By Charlotte the sailor

      from Merritt Island, FL

      Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

      Really great heater. Love how quiet it is. Does the job WAY better than those cheapie ceramic heaters you buy at the discount stores.

      Would highly recommend this heater.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Bad Thermostat

      By Big Boat Owner

      from Lucern Marina, Utah

      Pros

      • Nice Compact And Quiet

      Cons

      • Will Not Turn Off Bad Th

      Best Uses

        Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

        Nice quiet and compact heater. BUT the thermostat does not work. Does NOT turn off automatically.
        Took it back to the store

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Powerful, compact heater

        By Colorado Boater

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to store
        • Heats Space Fast
        • Minimal power useage

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bathroom
          • Small spaces

          Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

          I gave this to my wife as a present and she uses it in the bathroom throughout the winter. She says it's better than slippers.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By leelee

          from Memphis TN

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great heater

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boat And Home

            Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

            Home and Boat

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            more useful than I ever thought

            By Captain kirk

            from chicago Il.

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Convenient Controls
            • Throws Plenty Of Heat

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                I ordered this heater after Christmas - not exactly boating weather in Chicago . When our house furnace failed with -11 temperatures outside , this heater kept a bathroom and hall at a tolerable temperature - impressive . Looking forward to using it on the boat.

                Service and delivery comments:

                delivered as promised , well packaged

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works surprisingly well

                By sail masterson

                from Seattle Wa

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Only Used A Few Times

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                    Heats the cabin on my 30' sailboat as good or better than the old standby flat heater from WM. Only used it a few times so unsure about longevity but it seermns solid.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Prompt delivery

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Little Heater

                    By Katie

                    from Kingman, Arizona

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cabin
                        • Small room

                        Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                        Great capacity for a small heater. I use it in bedrooms and a pet room.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent product

                        By Sweet Pea

                        from Modesto

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                        I already have one for my boat it worked so well so I bought this one to keep a room at my shop warm.The ceramic heaters are the best

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great for sleeping cabin

                        By Mike

                        from Medford, OR

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Has thermostat
                        • Small
                        • Tip Sensor

                        Cons

                        • Needs To Be Burned In
                        • Not Big Enough For Salon

                        Best Uses

                        • Sleeping Cabin
                        • Small space

                        Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                        I really wanted this heater to work. Unfortunately the first one I purchased failed when first powered on. I returned it to my West Marine store and received a replacement. Replacement has worked great. I now have 2. One thing I have found is that the first few hours of running it puts off a burning "new" smell. I recommend that you run it for a couple of hours outside to burn in the heater. After that it is good to go in a small space and no burning smell. It is very small and will fit on a shelf. The only reason it doesn't get a 5 is having to burn in the heater when first purchased.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Lower the low temperature setting

                        By Chuck

                        from Cirginia Beach

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Economical
                        • Efficent
                        • Flexible

                        Cons

                        • Low Temperature Setting

                        Best Uses

                        • Marine Cabin Heater

                        Comments about West Marine Ceramic Cabin Heater:

                        Delivers on advertised features. good safety features (tip over cut off). appears to run economically. Lowering the lowest temperature setting 50F to 40F would enhance the flexibility of product.

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