March 2007 Issue

Electric Preheaters: Reiff Enjoys Value Edge

Our trials show that Tanis delivers more heat faster, but it also costs more to install. Reiff’s good-enough approach is the top value for most owners.

When the temperature dips into the low 20s, everyone we know seems to agree that preheating an engine before starting is a good idea. From that point forward, however, opinions diverge. How much preheat is enough? How long should you run it? Is an electric system better than a propane blower?

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