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Camco Olympian Wave Catalytic Safety Heater Manufacturer Review

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Manufacturer Review of the Camco Olympian Wave Catalytic SAFEty Heater

Our Olympian heaters are designed and built to provide years of comfortable radiant heat and economical LP gas consumption. Not only are our heaters efficient but they are safe, as well. Because of the integrated double platinum catalytic heating system, no harmful amounts of waste gases are produced. Most heaters are equipped with low-quality materials, which obstruct oxygen flow. This can lead to gas being released without burning, resulting in serious health hazards. The Olympian catalytic heating element features a low-density, spongy texture which allows for perfect transport of the oxygen needed for combustion.

The catalytic heating element is evenly impregnated with platinum. These added safety features ensure proper elimination of the mix of dangerous gas emissions. Olympian heaters produce radiant heat as a result of the catalytic combustion process. Like the sun, Olympian heaters radiate heat directly to people, floors, walls and other objects without heating the air first, so warmth is felt immediately. Radiant heat is absorbed by objects and then emitted into the air and heat the surrounding area. Therefore, your Olympian heater should be oriented to direct its warming rays toward the space to be heated, much like a flood light is positioned to illuminate a desired area. If installing in the interior of your RV or boat's cabin, it is recommended to have a certified technician handle the installation.

This will ensure the installation meets local codes. Please read all directions and warnings in your instruction manual. Keep it in a safe place for future reference. When choosing a location to install, be sure that the heater is located out of traffic and away from furniture and draperies. To assure complete combustion, it is necessary for the room to have an adequate fresh air supply.

Turn heat control knob to Start Off position. Make sure gas supply is turned on and gas is available at the heater. Depress control knob firmly for 10 seconds. This will allow gas to flow into the gas lines, removing any air. You should hear gas flowing to the heater pad.

While continuing to hold the control knob in, press Piezo Sparker button 1 or more times until gas flame spreader is lit. The flame spreader should now be on. If not, repeat pressing Piezo Sparker button until flame spreader is lit. After initial ignition occurs, keep control knob depressed for 45- 60 seconds maximum. Release the control knob, push knob in slightly, and immediately turn it to high heat setting. The initial small blue flames should become extinguished and the catalytic combustion process is now taking place. If catalytic pad ignition fails to start up, wait 5 minutes and try again. Allow the heater to operate on high for 10 minutes to assure even heating of the catalyst pad. You may now set to Low or Medium. To turn the heater off, turn the control knob to the Off position. It is recommended that the heater be kept covered at all times when not in use. Custom made dust covers are available from the factory or your local dealer. .

Eugene B.


i have a older olympian catalytic saftey heater that has a push button lighter on the lower left side of the heater. the push button has come apart and we can not find the parts to fix it . is there some way that i can get the parts to repair it . would appreciate any help that you can give me on this.

Les D.


It sounds like you are looking for the Olympian # CAM57800 sparker, but we would need your heater's model number to verify this.

Ken S.


I own the wave 3 and during the starting process where you depress the button in for 1 minute,I typically get what can only be described as a big flame flare up that can be downright unnerving sometime during that one minute process. I would like to know the cause of this issue and how to correct it.

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Rachael H.


The flame flare up that you described on the Camco Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic Safety Heater part # CAM57331 is caused by the flame spreader. The flame spreader then warms the thermocouple. Once the thermocouple is warm it will send gas to the pad which ignites and expels heat. There is no way to correct it as that is how the unit is designed to operate.



while they work well for a while, pray you never need parts as they are unavailable!

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Rachael H.


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