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Portable Vevor Diesel Heater (All-In-One) Review & Setup

Disclaimer: This product was sent to us for free in exchange for a review. That does not affect our opinion about the product, in this article we list both what we like and dislike. Read more about this here.

What is a Portable (All-in-One) Diesel Heater?

Diesel air heaters are starting to take off in the van and RV world. These heaters are quieter and use a lot less electricity than the traditional propane furnaces that are installed in most RVs and even some vans.

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Permanently installed diesel heaters require a lot of installation and some knowledge about fuel lines and exhaust pipes.

They also require you to tap into the fuel tank of your van or RV (if it’s a diesel) or you will need to install one yourself.

Portable diesel heaters, also called all-in-one diesel heaters, have everything you need packed into one small metal box.

You only need to figure out the 12 volt power source.

The pro to an all-in-one diesel heater is you can use it to heat more than one thing. For instance, you can heat your RV when camping or transfer it to a garage or shop during the winter.

See Also: 6 Best Diesel Heaters For Campers, RVs & Vans

Portable diesel heaters are also great for heating tents and ice fishing huts.

One thing to note is they do have an exhaust system. It will need to be placed outside or installed somewhere you can run an exhaust pipe out of safely.

Also, most people call diesel heaters that aren’t from the German brands Webasto or Eberspacher, “Chinese diesel heaters.” I mention this because if you want to find more information about diesel heaters like the Vevor, you want to look up “Chinese diesel heaters.”

Vevor Diesel Heater (8KW Version)

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I was really excited to test out the Vevor diesel heater because I’d heard so much about how great diesel air heaters are for boondockers who don’t have enough battery power to keep an RV furnace running all night.

My experience with the shipping and parts on arrival was really good.

I know that these types of products can sometimes be shipped with missing parts or get damaged on the way. But for me, everything came undamaged and all the parts were there.

I choose to get the short and wide version that has the fuel tank to the side of the diesel heating unit instead of the tall skinny kind that has the fuel tank on top.

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8KW Vevor diesel heater all in one portable with included parts
8KW Vevor Diesel Heater with all the included parts.

I’m planning on putting this diesel heater in the storage unit of my motorhome and under a travel trailer. So short and stable was better for my needs.

I’m also not a huge fan of the tank being above the heater because of possible leaks.

When the tank is on the side my thinking is that it could be a little safer. I’ve never heard of anyone having issues with the fuel tank on top versions though.

fuel tank inside a portable diesel heater by Vevor
5 liter or 1.3 gallon diesel tank inside the Vevor diesel heater.

I recommend opening up any brand of portable diesel heater to make sure all of the fuel tubes are connected right and leak free.

Another reason to open them up to see what’s inside is to make sure you know where all the main parts are.

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I initially thought there was no fuse, so I bought an inline fuse to add to the positive electrical wire.

When I started looking inside the unit more carefully I noticed that there actually is a 20 amp inline fuse.

inline 20 amp fuse inside the vevor diesel heater all in one
20 amp inline fuse inside the Vevor portable diesel heater.

I’m glad I found it because now I will know what to check if there’s ever a time when the diesel heater won’t turn on.

The version I got has the highest heating power of 8KW. There’s also a less powerful 5KW option.

The unit size will be almost the same as the 8KW version since the fuel tanks are the same size on both.

lcd screen on a vevor diesel heater
The up button is on the left, power in the center, and down button on the right.

The LCD screen on this unit is one of the more simple versions. It uses only 3 buttons and it can be pretty difficult to understand.

The left button is what they call the “up” button in the manual. This was confusing to me at first because I expected it to be on the right.

You shouldn’t have to worry about most of the settings and things you can change.

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All you really need to know is the screen will only display temperature in Celcius, the P-12 means the battery voltage, and you just press the arrow buttons to turn the heat up or down when the unit is running.

The heat setting is displayed as H – 1 to 6. You can swap between the battery voltage, current temp of the heat being output, and heat setting by pressing the power button.

Setting it up to use as a portable unit that would be placed outside a tent or garage was fairly simple.

But the installation in the motorhome storage compartment was a little tricky because I needed to find somewhere for the exhaust to leave the RV.

I cover that installation more fully in this post here.

Overall I’ve been impressed with this diesel heater and it’s keeping me warm in my RV in freezing temperatures as I write this.

Vevor Diesel Heater 8KW Features

  • 8KW Heating Power
  • 0.1-0.48 Diesel Consumption
  • 3 Button LCD Screen
  • Remote Control
  • 20 lbs Dry Weight
  • 15″ x 11″ x 12.6″ (LxWxH)
  • 5L (1.3 Gallon) Fuel Tank
  • 6 Heat Level Settings
  • Quiet
  • Low Power Usage (up to 40 watts when running/quick 150 surge watts for startup)
  • 12 volt
  • Inline 20 Amp Fuse

Included Parts

  • All-In-One Diesel Heater
  • User Manual
  • Muffler
  • 1″ Exhaust Pipe (24 inches long)
  • 1″ Air Intake Pipe
  • 3″ Air Duct
  • 12 Gauge Wire (around 2 feet)
  • Pipe Clamps
  • Remote Control

Initial Setup

No portable all-in-one diesel heater is ready to go right out of the box. So you need to be prepared to put some parts together.

One thing I’ve seen with every single one of these is they need to have some feet added to them so the exhaust pipe can fit underneath the unit.

There are holes in the unit’s feet so you can easily screw or bolt on some extra feet for height. I used a wood 2×4 cut into the width of the diesel heater (11 inches).

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portable diesel heater vevor exhaust and air intake location
On most diesel heaters the air intake is the one with the fuel line next to it.

The exhaust pipe goes on the bottom hole that’s on the side that blows out the air. It’s also where the LCD screen is located.

vevor diesel heater air intake and exhaust pipe installed
Bottom of the portable Vevor diesel heater with the airline and exhaust pipe installed.

The air intake gets fed through the hole in the metal feet so it sticks out and away from the exhaust.

It’s the side where the air intake for the heater fan is and also where you put the electrical wires. It’s also the one the fuel line is closest to.

The exhaust pipe is a 1 inch stainless steel pipe that has some flexibility to it. If you’re careful you can bend it close to a 90 degree angle.

exhaust pipe on the vevor portable diesel heater with feet attached
The exhaust pipe that comes with the Vevor diesel heater already has a bend in the middle you need to straighten out.

I got it bent far enough to clear the ground with the Vevor diesel heater up on feet made of 2×4 pieces.

Once the air intake and exhaust pipes are installed all you have to do is connect a 12 volt battery.

The included wires had eyelets on one side. I installed eyelets on the other end so I could easily connect them to battery terminals.

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electrical wires connected to the vevor all in one diesel heater
The wire connection terminals are located on the back of the Vevor all-in-one diesel heater.

The way you install the wires on the back of the diesel heater is easy because it has terminals with bolts. Just like a battery.

Make sure you run the fuel pump program before starting it up so the pump can fill the fuel lines. Do this by pressing the power button and the right arrow button (down button) at the same time.

Press them again to turn off the manual fill mode once the lines have been filled with diesel.

Hold the power button to start the diesel heater. You should be getting some heat pretty quickly.

Note that the exhaust will blow out some white smoke for about a minute and then turn clean once the fuel starts combusting.

Always use a diesel heater outside or in a well ventilated area with the exhaust going outside.

Optional Additions

Now, since this is a budget Chinese diesel heater, it’s missing a few parts that you might want to add.

Fuel Filter

First, there’s no fuel filter, which isn’t great. A fuel filter will keep your diesel heater running better for longer. It’s also not a hard part to get or install.

I used this metal fuel filter (click to view on Amazon) that’s made for diesel heaters.

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I initially bought the smallest one I could find at my local auto parts store, but even that one wasn’t small enough for the fuel tubes.

A fuel filter needs to be installed before the fuel pump.

You can read more about installing the fuel filter into the Vevor diesel heater in this article here

Exhaust Wrap

The exhaust pipe gets extremely hot. It can be a little dangerous and even start fires if placed near dry grass.

vevor diesel heater with exhaust wrapped in fiberglass exhaust wrap
The exhaust wrap is optional, but it’s a good way to help stop fires and burns.

Using fiberglass exhaust wrap like this (click to view on Amazon) you can insulate the pipe.

Make sure you use gloves when wrapping the pipe because it is made with fiberglass.

Mesh Air Intake Filter

Some Chinese diesel heaters come with a mesh air intake filter, and some don’t. My 8KW Vevor did not come with a mesh filter.

Instead, it came with a plastic tube with holes in it. Sometimes that plastic housing can have a mesh filter inside, but the Vevor didn’t.

vevor diesel heater with the mesh air intake filter instead of the plastic one
Some diesel heaters come with this mesh filter option, but the Vevor I got didn’t have it.

This air intake filter (click to view on Amazon) fits perfectly on the included air intake pipe. I use it without the plastic housing so it can get plenty of air flow.

The mesh filter is important because it stops bugs from crawling inside the heater. Which can cause issues later on.

Flexible Heat Duct

The 3 inch heat duct that comes with the Vevor diesel heater isn’t very long, and it’s also not insulated.

I went to the local hardware store and picked up an 8 foot 4 inch dryer hose to make the duct long enough to go into my RV.

I later found this 3 inch 16.5 foot insulated flexible ducting (click to view on Amazon) that would be a lot better.

Flexible Exhaust Pipe

I needed a much longer exhaust pipe for when I put the heater in the storage compartment in my RV.

1 inch exhaust pipe can be hard to find, especially locally. I was able to find some thicker steel flex pipe, but it was hard to clamp onto the diesel heater securely.

This 4 foot stainless steel exhaust pipe (click to view on Amazon) is a good option if you need a longer pipe.

Vevor Diesel Heater Testing

Heating Abilities

One thing about diesel heaters is they can put out some serious heat, and the ones sold by Vevor are no different.

There are 6 heat settings. Even when I had it put in the middle on setting 3 the air coming out was seriously hot.

I tested heating my RV on both setting 3 and 6. The temperature outside and inside my 24 foot motorhome was 32° when I started the heater.

In one hour the 6 setting raised the inside temperature by 14°F, from 32°F to 46°F.
On heat setting 3 the diesel heater raised the inside temperature by 8°F, from 32°F to 40°F in one hour.
It was windy during the 3 heat setting test. I think if it wasn’t windy it could have increased the temperature by 10°F easily.

The highest setting was able to heat the RV a little faster but I’m still impressed by how well the 3 setting does.

You could easily maintain the temperature in your RV with the lower settings even in freezing temperatures.

And this is all with just one 3 inch heat duct and vent. If there were multiple spread out it could heat even faster.

If you have a large travel trailer or 5th-wheel you might want to connect multiple ducts to spread the heat around.

Fuel Consumption

I was a little confused by some of the information about the estimated fuel consumption of each diesel heater on Vevor’s website.

Some of the information seemed to be for the wrong size of heater. I read through it all and tried to sort the information.

As far as I could tell, Vevor estimates that its biggest diesel heater, the 8KW version, will burn anywhere from 0.1-0.48 liters of diesel an hour.

I was surprised to see that from my own testing and estimating the fuel left in the tank, my values were almost exactly the same as Vevors.

When I had the heat set to 3 about 1/4 of a liter was burned in an hour. When I had the heat set to 6 about 1/2 a liter was burned in an hour.

So I think Vevor’s estimates are correct, but they are just put on the wrong sizes of heaters in some of the product information.

Energy Usage

Diesel heaters do have a very low power consumption when they’re running, but there is an initial draw to heat the glow plugs that can pull a little more power than you might expect.

I was hoping to be able to power my diesel heater with a portable power station using a 12 volt plug. But unfortunately, the initial amp draw is about 11 amps.

Most power stations only have 10 amp rated 12 volt sockets. It’s so close to working but the power station shuts itself off before the heater can start.

I think you can power smaller diesel heaters with power stations, but the large 8KW versions require at least a 15 amp 12 volt outlet if you want to use a 12 volt accessory plug.

To get by the initial power surge problem I just connected the wires directly to a 12 volt battery.

11 amps is low enough for most 12 volt batteries to handle. So you shouldn’t have any issues with a direct connection.

I tested my 12 volt AGM battery and my 12 volt Lithium-ion battery, both worked perfectly.

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During the start cycle, the electricity draw will slowly increase as the glow plug heats up.

The startup process takes around 2 minutes. It slowly increases the power draw until it gets to about 130 watts and then stays there for about 30 seconds.

So it does have a higher initial power surge but it’s only for 2 minutes.

When turned to the highest setting (H-6) it was using around 31 watts to run. It bounced a little bit around but that was pretty much the average.

After starting and running for an hour on high the 8KW diesel heater used 32 watt hours.

For the next test, I had it on the middle setting (H-3). The start cycle used the same amount of power but the standard running only used an average of 20 watts.

When turned down to the absolute lowest setting the diesel heater drew only 10 watts.

There’s a shutdown cycle you should always let the heater go through before disconnecting it from power.

It will jump up to about 100 watts for 30 seconds then go back down to 10 watts for the rest of the cycle.

The off cycle takes about 4 minutes. This cycle is cleaning the inside of the diesel heater. It’s and important step that will keep your heater working for longer.

Make sure you leave enough power for this cycle to happen, otherwise soot will build up inside the heater and it might not start the next time.

You cannot turn the heater back on until the off cycle is complete.

When connected to power with the heater off it draws around 0.2 watts for the LCD screen.

One interesting thing I noticed while using it on a much colder day when it was only 23°F outside instead of 32°F is that it used a little more electricity when running.

On the highest setting, it was drawing around 36 watts instead of just 31. The start cycle was about the same but for some reason, the fuel pump was using more power.

I was happy to see that it was able to start in colder temperatures and the elevation here is about 5,000 feet.

After my testing, I’ve found that the Vevor 8KW portable diesel heater doesn’t use very much electricity and is perfect for boondockers or those with solar panel setups and battery banks.

Energy Usage Summary Chart

Start CycleHigh (H-6)Medium (H-3)Low (H-1)Shutdown
wattsup to 130312010up to 100 watts
amps112.51.70.88.3

vevor portable diesel heater in an rv storage compartment

Vevor diesel heater in the storage compartment of my RV.

Vevor Diesel Heater Review

I’d read a lot about Chinese diesel heaters before I got this one by Vevor.

So I knew a little bit of what to expect, but just to say it up front, overall I’ve been very happy with this diesel heater.

It works as it should, was easy to set up as a portable unit, and compared to an RV furnace it’s very quiet.

The sound of the fuel pump clicking is what most people complain about. The higher end diesel heaters use a fuel pump that’s a little quieter.

I honestly don’t think it’s that bad, especially when compared to an RV furnace. And the pump doesn’t run all of the time.

Sometimes it turns off and the only sound is the air coming out of the heater.

You can replace the factory installed fuel pump with one that is quieter. Just make sure you get the right size for your specific diesel heater.

What I Like

I love the budget friendly aspect and the diesel heater coming as a single unit.

The versions that need to be installed with all the parts in the correct positions and tapping into a vehicle’s fuel tank are just a little more complicated than I want.

I like the remote control a lot. I’ve read some reviews where people have said that the remote doesn’t work but so far it’s worked great for me.

I’ve even used it to control the Vevor diesel heater from inside my motorhome. So it works through RV walls.

The low electrical usage is fantastic and the biggest reason I wanted to get a diesel heater in the first place.

What I Don’t Like

I don’t like having to mess around with the exhaust pipe so much. It’s a pain and I wish there was an easier solution. But it’s an issue that’s not specific to just Vevor diesel heaters.

All diesel heaters need to have the exhaust pipe installed in the bottom to get the exhaust away from the heater’s air intake.

I like that they thought to add a fuse, but I don’t like that it’s inside the unit. If it ever breaks I’m going to have to take off the cover and remove the fuel tank to access and replace it.

I wish they had placed it on the positive wire outside the unit instead.

I don’t like that it doesn’t come with a fuel filter either. It’s easy to install one but it’s an extra addition you have to do yourself.

It’s impossible to find a fuel filter small enough in stores too. So it pretty much has to be ordered online.

Pros & Cons

PROS

    • Budget Friendly
    • Low Power Usage
    • Low Fuel Usage
    • Portable
    • Powerful Heating Ability
    • Remote Works Through RV Walls
    • Way Quieter than RV Furnace
    • Inline Fuse

CONS

    • Requires Some Setting Up
    • Only Shows Temp in Celsius
    • No Fuel Filter
    • Needs Feet Added to Fit Exhaust Pipe
    • Bad Instructions
    • Hard to Adjust Settings
    • Can Hear Fuel Pump Clicking

Overall Impression

I have likes and dislikes with pretty much everything I use. The cons and dislikes I’ve found with the Vevor all-in-one diesel heater (click to view on Amazon) aren’t deal breakers.

In fact, I actually really like the unit and think it’s very much worth what you pay for.

I would recommend this diesel heater to anyone.

With a few simple additions, it’s a fantastic diesel heater and a great choice for anyone looking for a good low power heating option.

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Vevor All-In-One Diesel Heater Comparison Table

If you want a Chinese diesel heater but you don’t need the large 8KW version like the one in this review there are other options sold by Vevor.

Here’s a comparison of the different diesel heaters they sell. Hopefully, it helps you find the best option for you.

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VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 5KW 12V Parking Heater, Mini Truck Heater,...
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 12V 3KW All-in-one Bunk Heater, LCD Switch...
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 12 V 5KW All in One Bunk Parking Heater, with...
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater All In one, One Air Outlet, 8KW Diesel Heater...
Heating Capacity
8KW
5KW
3KW
5KW
8KW
Unit Type
Short
Short
Tall
Tall
Tall
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
15 x 11 x 12.6
14.5 x 9.8 x 10.2
16.1 x 6 x 16.1
13.8 x 5.8 x 16.1
13.8 x 5.8 x 16.1
Dry Weight
20 lbs
18 lbs
18 lbs
18 lbs
18 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – 0.48 L/H
0.1 – 0.35 L/H
0.1 – 0.26 L/H
0.1 – .35 L/H
0.1 – 0.48 L/H
Control Type
3 Button LCD
5 Button LCD
5 Button LCD
5 Button LCD
5 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal
5L / 1.3 Gal
5L / 1.3 Gal
5L / 1.3 Gal
5L / 1.3 Gal

VEVOR Diesel Air Heater All in One, 8KW Diesel Heater 12V, Fast...
Heating Capacity
8KW
Unit Type
Short
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
15 x 11 x 12.6
Dry Weight
20 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – 0.48 L/H
Control Type
3 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 5KW 12V Parking Heater, Mini Truck Heater,...
Heating Capacity
5KW
Unit Type
Short
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
14.5 x 9.8 x 10.2
Dry Weight
18 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – 0.35 L/H
Control Type
5 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 12V 3KW All-in-one Bunk Heater, LCD Switch...
Heating Capacity
3KW
Unit Type
Tall
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
16.1 x 6 x 16.1
Dry Weight
18 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – 0.26 L/H
Control Type
5 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater, 12 V 5KW All in One Bunk Parking Heater, with...
Heating Capacity
5KW
Unit Type
Tall
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
13.8 x 5.8 x 16.1
Dry Weight
18 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – .35 L/H
Control Type
5 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal
VEVOR Diesel Air Heater All In one, One Air Outlet, 8KW Diesel Heater...
Heating Capacity
8KW
Unit Type
Tall
Measurement in Inches (LxWxH)
13.8 x 5.8 x 16.1
Dry Weight
18 lbs
Fuel Consumption
0.1 – 0.48 L/H
Control Type
5 Button LCD
Diesel Tank Size
5L / 1.3 Gal

Last update on 2023-01-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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  1. There is no 8Kw only 2 and 5. They use false advertising to acquire more $$$. This has been PROVEN on video. The 22mm pump will produce the 5Kw. When tested with a large 65mm pump, the units managed approx 6.5Kw output, however its near the overheat shutoff protection temp.

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