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#6004138 - 10/31/15 10:29 PM Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running?
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Anybody ever use a buddy heater in their camper? I use it in the stand, where I'm awake most of the time, and there is always a window open. Never ran one while I was sleeping in my camper, which has no windows and only a roof vent. I figured I'd open the roof vent a couple inches.
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#6004160 - 10/31/15 10:50 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
Growley Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
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Loc: Aledo, TX
I've slept with one on in a small cabin (approx 250 sq ft) many times with no problems. And if it's cold enough for the heater I'm pretty sure we've always kept the windows closed.

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#6004161 - 10/31/15 10:52 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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Registered: 02/04/10
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Loc: Wylie, TX
From Cabelas website: Heater is safe for indoor use in small recreational enclosures, providing it has access to fresh air for combustion and ventilation.

It says it has a low oxygen shut-off. Not sure at what level it shuts off or if you would wake up after it shuts off would be my concern. Personally I have never used one in an enclosed area. But anything which use a combustible fuel, burns oxygen, and puts off carbon dioxide. So it would be important for the area to be vented and I would not want to sleep with it on. Just my opinion.....

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#6004239 - 11/01/15 04:19 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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I have both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in our camper but I have used one in addition to the heater when we first get in the camper. I turn off the gas when we are not at the camper each time so it's real cold in there some times.
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#6004281 - 11/01/15 06:50 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
TxHunter80 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/15
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I used one for years at the deer camp. I ran it all night on many nights. The cabin was pretty drafty but we had carbon monoxide/smoke detectors also.

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#6004310 - 11/01/15 07:11 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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In addition to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, an LP gas detector is something to consider if you don't already have one in your trailer.

I once had an incident where the detector in my trailer alerted me to leaking propane from a Coleman heater I had stored in the cabinet below the sink. For both safety and detection reasons, these dectectors, and anything that uses propane, should be mounted or stored near floor level.
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#6004631 - 11/01/15 10:44 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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If I was going to use it enclosed, I'd sure guarantee there was a source of good air, which may negate the benefit of the heater IDK. I had a cousin (I never met) and his fiance who died from CM while camping in a tent in the Sierra mountains, from what I was told, they where using a small type propane heater.

I do believe the have heaters now that draw there combustion air from an exterior vent, may be the safest way to go.
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#6005729 - 11/01/15 09:26 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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Registered: 09/25/11
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I use two in my house, they have a automatic cut of for CM and tip over cut off, I have used them for about 5 or 6 years now with no problems.

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#6006285 - 11/02/15 10:16 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
Folsetth Offline
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Registered: 02/25/07
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I always use one in my box blind. I just leave a window cracked a lil.

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#6006411 - 11/02/15 11:20 AM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: Folsetth]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: Folsetth
I always use one in my box blind. I just leave a window cracked a lil.


Same, I don't actually even have a window open until daylight. I guess it comes down to how much you trust a $100 heater with a CM shutdown.
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#6006710 - 11/02/15 01:42 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: Folsetth
I always use one in my box blind. I just leave a window cracked a lil.


Same, I don't actually even have a window open until daylight. I guess it comes down to how much you trust a $100 heater with a CM shutdown.


or how tightly sealed your blind is

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#6006821 - 11/02/15 02:43 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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I would not sleep with one. If it's possible; it might happen. The good news is you go into a deep sleep--the bad is that it's a lasting sleep.

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#6006826 - 11/02/15 02:46 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: Huntmaster]
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Originally Posted By: Huntmaster
I would not sleep with one. If it's possible; it might happen. The good news is you go into a deep sleep--the bad is that it's a lasting sleep.


A perfect description of hypothermia. You can't win for losing sometimes.

I have survived a very cold night sleeping in my RV with a little buddy burning all night long.
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#6007456 - 11/02/15 08:07 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
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Registered: 09/25/11
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Same here Cast, to me they are safe. No different than a wall heater using propane. 2cents

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#6007859 - 11/02/15 11:50 PM Re: Buddy heaters... Sleeping while its running? [Re: BigPig]
foodieguy Offline
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Registered: 02/07/13
Posts: 260
Loc: Austin
We've used ours in the pop up camper w no issues. Our propane tank is outside, we have monitors. No problemas. It by no means is sealed up tight, that's why we need the heater!

We did have a problem with the gas freezing in the hose, elevated the tank so it was closer to the height of the heater and it was fine.
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