Propex Heating and Leisure History
In the beginning came the X1 heater (circa 1985), a 1.6kw heater commissioned by the General Post Office and fitted into the engineers vans, these heaters were supplied with a one hour timer, once the engineer had had his hour of heat he had to get a move on or suffer the cold as the heater would not reactivate for another hour. In total about 12000 X1 heaters were manufactured, with production being based in Lincoln, UK.
Compact 1600 Heater
The success of this heater led to calls from the motor-home fraternity for an efficient reliable gas heater for them and so the COMPACT 1600 was borne, this was the same as the X1 heater but being squeezed into a smaller box with the controller being mounted externally. Production of the COMPACT lasted until 1999 and moved from Lincoln to Verwood and then to Southampton , UK as the business grew and new manufacturing facilities were required.
The introduction of the CE requirements put an end to the Compact heater and cleared the way for the Heatsource range of heaters, the initial models were the HS1600 and the HS2800 with far greater monitoring, lower electrical current consumption and gas efficiency than had previously been seen whilst fully meeting the new European requirements of EN624, the Gas Safety Directive.