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#1 Mudgey

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:03 PM

Hello fellow car enthusiasts,

UPDATE: Please view my new website for information, images and up to date pricing. www.t7design.co.uk Thanks!

In short I am one man band operation designing, building and selling heater systems from my workshop (well, its a flat really...), however I also work as a freelance mechanical design engineer when I'm not busy packing boxes in my living room. Despite not officially having a workshop there are many bonuses associated with my current premises which include next to no business associated overheads, a 42" LCD, a leather couch, and the cider in the fridge is never out of arms reach! Anyway, how many people can boast about such luxuries at work...?
Needless to say, even with such privileged amenities, many hours have been spent on research and design (and still are) to create a superb range of heater systems for specialist car builds, modified cars and restorations where every last detail must be right.
The business was started in December 2009 and is still very much in its infancy, however a few manufacturers have taken my heaters and products onboard and offer them with fully built kits and as options for builders.


The products I offer are outlined below:

Lightweight Heater: £99
This is the most basic version of the design and is therefore the cheapest, It is supplied with 4 outlets of either 44 or 51mm sizes. All units use a standard 190cfm (303m3h) fan or they can be supplied with a 253cfm (404cfm) unit at extra cost. This is also the lightest heater, weighing in at just 1150grams. The output of these heaters is approx 3.5kw. These heaters are the smallest and lightest heaters available on the market and give an output comparable to units twice their size.

Modular Heater: £119
The Compact Modular Heater has been introduced as an upgrade to the original 'Lightweight Heater', it has been redesigned to incorporate modular flexibility that allows the unit to satisfy a wider range of user requirements. The heater unit retains its svelte proportions and output, but now has various compatible outlets, lids and mounting brackets available for the user.

CNC Machined Bulkhead Adapters:£15 & Spacers: £4 for four
These bulkhead adapters are CNC machined from aluminium billet. They step the hose size up from 1/2" ID, which is used on my range of heaters, to a more common 5/8" ID which is used on most water control valves. The laser cut aluminium front panel is used to stop the CNC fittings from rotating when being fitted and it also serves to space them apart at the same distance as the fittings on the radiator. There is also a narrow spaced version available if the heater is not being installed on a bulkhead. The bulkhead fittings and spacer plate can be polished with very little effort.
The spacers are used to offset the heater from the bulkhead the required distance to give enough clearance for the nuts on the bulkhead hose adapters.

Other products:
Stainless steel outlets for 45 and 50mm hose sizes. £7ea (without angled bracket in pictures).
Plastic rotatable and shutable vents for 45, 50 and 60mm hose sizes. £9ea
Heater ducting in 45, 50 and 60mm sizes. £11, £11.50 & £12 per metre respectively.
Heater hose in 1/2" and 5/8" sizes. £3, £3.30 / metre
Stainless steel worm drive clips for all the above sizes. Sarting from £0.50ea

Products available later this year:
3 speed fan & servo controller board.
Servo operated outlets in 50mm size - only compatible with modular heater.
Servo operated water control valve.
7kw Modular heater.
Micro heater <800grams.
Plastic demister underside vents.
Stainless steel demister vent tops.

Please feel free to openly discuss my products below and I shall try my best to answer any questions, or feel free to call me on 07595 975 777.
E-mail: [email protected]

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Edited by Mudgey, 05 October 2010 - 10:46 AM.


#2 Jordie

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 06:20 PM

I like the introduction, working from home as its benefits.
Looks a quality product.

If you ever plan to start a website for your company, I offer discounted hosting services to TMF Traders.

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#3 Mudgey

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:00 PM

I like the introduction, working from home as its benefits.
Looks a quality product.

If you ever plan to start a website for your company, I offer discounted hosting services to TMF Traders.

Jordie


Hi jordie, thanks for approving my trader account!

I do already have a website, however it was my first website and as soon as funds allow I am going to get a professional to revamp it for me, however the experience has taught me a great deal about various aspects of what a professional user friendly website requires. If anybody does care to view it is:

www.t7design.co.uk


I am very excited about the other products that will be available later this year, especially the servo controlled outlets and fan controller module. As soon as these items are fit for production I can then concentrate on larger heater sizes to expand my range.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:36 AM

Wow, great products. Very interested in the 3 speed heater you have planned. Do you have any brackets/assemblies that would allow a straight swap into a mini? Does the heater produce a lot of noise during operation?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 10:30 AM

very nice looking heaters

do you know what the output of a good condition std mini heater is in comparison to the lightweight heater?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:05 PM

Will be ordering some of that ducting, just need to find out what size I need. Is it the stuff pictured lead down in a U shaped loop?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 04:13 PM

Wow, great products. Very interested in the 3 speed heater you have planned. Do you have any brackets/assemblies that would allow a straight swap into a mini? Does the heater produce a lot of noise during operation?

Thanks very much. The 3 speed controller board is going to be sold seperately and will be available as a bolt on for the modular heater and available as a seperate mounted box for the std unit. With no fan control the fan is quite noisey, I would say as much as any heater on its highest setting. You can use resistors to reduce the speed but it is not something I offer currently.


do you know what the output of a good condition std mini heater is in comparison to the lightweight heater?

I am not sure to be honest, however I have had a good number of customers buy a heater unit as a replacement for their mini heater unit. Despite their small size the output is very good as I use a very powerful industrial axial fan as apposed to a radial fan which are much bigger for the same airflow..


Will be ordering some of that ducting, just need to find out what size I need. Is it the stuff pictured lead down in a U shaped loop?

Thats right, it is the U shaped picture. The heater ducting is constructed from a very high quality 1-ply neoprene coated glass fibre fabric with a visible bronze plated steel wire helix. This makes the ducting relatively light weight, but most of all it conforms to tight corners with ease whilst maintaining its diameter. The bronze plated steel helix wire also makes the ducting extremely durable and crush resistant, this gives it a distinct advantage over the standard plastic and aluminium ducting and will allow it to retain its shape and form in all but the most extreme environments.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:35 AM

Hi Guys,

To add to my above posts: I make most sales via my eBay store, you guys are more than welcome to purchase via the store as you can take advantage of eBays buyer protection policy.

As you can see via my store I am a Top Rated Seller with 100% positive feedback, I take customer service and feedback very seriously and I try my best to offer a same day dispatch up to 2pm.

I am always adding new products to my inventory and so please sign up to my mailing list via ebay to get notified of new goodies as and when they are available!

My eBay store: The Heater Store

Cheers!

Edited by Mudgey, 28 June 2010 - 10:36 AM.


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 02:28 PM

Mudgey, thanks for the info. Do you have any 'exploded' 3d diagrams of the heaters? Just to get an idea of what they contain and where the various electrical connections are ran, if you know what a mean.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 07:51 AM

Hi prototypet24, I do not have an exploded view unfortunately. There is an axial fan mounted within the unit itself to save on space, and there are two wires that come out of the unit below the matrix at the rear.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:55 AM

Hi There... Morning some would say :thumbsup:

Do you have any pictures of the heater fitted to a mini?

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 09:48 AM

Hi There... Morning some would say :thumbsup:

Do you have any pictures of the heater fitted to a mini?


Hi Matt,

I do not have any pictures of a unit fitted to a mini unfortunately, I have sold over 200 units and not one person has sent a photograph in, but to be fair I have only just started asking recent customers for images for a 'customer installations' section for the website.

Edited by Mudgey, 02 July 2010 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:39 PM

I will be ordering one of these for my offroad racing truck/buggy im building in the near future. I wasnt planning on even having a heater in it buy you have sold me on one of these beauties, so thanks for that! Il be in touch shortly to order one off you, i have £1000 worth of shocks and £2500 worth of tyres to buy first though!

The buggy is enclosed apart from the dorrs, which will be small half doors, almost no dorrs fitted. Would these heatrs be capable of blowing hot air into the face of me and my probably cold, wet and annoyed Co-Driver? :w00t: And how about doing this whilst having a 3rd vent ontop as a glove heater to dry gloves inbetween stages?

Thanks
Rich

Edited by Rich., 01 July 2010 - 07:43 PM.


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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:42 PM

lots of info, and I may have missed it - what are the basic overall dimensions please :w00t: I'm keen to use one on one of my projects, as it appears smaller than the standard heater yes ?

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:49 AM

I will be ordering one of these for my offroad racing truck/buggy im building in the near future. I wasnt planning on even having a heater in it buy you have sold me on one of these beauties, so thanks for that! Il be in touch shortly to order one off you, i have £1000 worth of shocks and £2500 worth of tyres to buy first though!

The buggy is enclosed apart from the dorrs, which will be small half doors, almost no dorrs fitted. Would these heatrs be capable of blowing hot air into the face of me and my probably cold, wet and annoyed Co-Driver? :w00t: And how about doing this whilst having a 3rd vent ontop as a glove heater to dry gloves inbetween stages?

Thanks
Rich


Hi Rich, its hard to say how effective the unit will be as there are too many unknown variables without seeing your intended application. If you just want the most heat within your cabin as possible I would recommend using a modular heater with a vented front plate, this would offer the least restrictive flow from the matrix and would allow the unit to operate as efficiently as possible. I could also design a custom laser cut front plate that would fit in with the style of your interior if the current design would look out of place.

The modular unit can have up to 6 outlets fitted around the outside of the unit to offer as much ducted heat as possible, there would be no reason why you couldnt run a duct to dry your gloves between stages.



Hi Roofless,
I have attached a dimensioned drawing of the modular type unit with the spacers and CNC bulkhead fittings attached. If there are any dimensions that you cannot find drop me a PM and I shall get back to you.

Also attached are renders of the modular unit with the different fittings attached in various configurations.

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