Webasto hot water and cooktop

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In the last few years, Webasto have introduced diesel-powered hot water systems and ceramic cooktops. I really like the idea of just carrying diesel, and saving a lot of space and weight by deleting the gas bottles.

Has anybody used these, in particular how efficient is the cooktop at boiling water?

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Reply By: grumpyolephartz - Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 19:44

Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 at 19:44
Hi Phil and Lorraine, we have used both over the last nearly five years.

There are just a few things to think about when you are setting up to cook on them or heat water.
1. neither is instantaneous
2. the cook top needs flat bottomed pans
3. unless you have a a storage for hot water, you will need to ensure you have had the system running long enough to get the fluid hot in the heat exchanger. (our system has an 18 litre storage for hot water)

We used to also have a microwave in our rig, but with the confidence built with the Webasto cook top, doing without the microwave is no hassle. You do need to turn the stove top on about 10 minutes before you want the heat. We loaned the rig to our son and D-I-L last year and they hardly used the outside gas cooking, with only a few minutes tutorial. They found it so easy.

Boiling water as you ask, is as efficient as it can be with your best flat bottomed kettle or saucepan can provide the heat. You can cook toast very evenly using one of those wire screen toasters, nicer toast than gas.

The shower and sink hot water from the Webasto, is HOT and you need to blend it with cold to make it bearable. The temperature through the heat exchanger is great as a heat source too for a hydronic heater in closed area central heating.
Regards from us grumpyolephartz, mostly John, but may be Heather

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