TheFarmer wrote:Does anyone have a suggestion for keeping the engine bay warm overnight?
Many of my flights are at dawn and the cooler temperatures now mean my 912S is taking ages to warm up. Rather than waiting for 10 minutes (+) starting from ambient temperature, I’m convinced that a 20 degree head-start with some kind of overnight heater will easily halve the time.
I could just put it in the engine bay and turn it on the night before I fly.
Does anyone use one of these?
https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/wolveri ... er-727157/
Interested in comments or suggestions.
Keeping the oil warm in the dry sump tank is certainly beneficial from a lubrication perspective, but as it is separate from the engine block, it won't transfer much heat in to that. It is the block you need the heat in.
If you are flying pretty much daily, you may find just wrapping an old duvet around the cowl once back in the hangar helps retain heat overnight. If you combine a duvet with the dry sump heater, you might find that does then retain more heat under the cowl for longer periods. I throw one over my cowl just to keep the damp out.
As mentioned previously, a small, thermostatically controlled tube heater will work, but might become a faff getting it in and out of the cowl. Does make winter maintenance more civilised if the engine is warm!
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