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#6512248 - 10/26/16 08:21 AM Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet?
Texas Dan Offline
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I'm trying to help a good friend with his purchase of a heater for his deer blind. It seems the Little Buddy heaters are very popular with hunters, however I don't know anyone who owns one. I'm thinking the $79.99 model that you can find at Academy and Walmart is a good fit for him, but I don't how loud it is when working. I say this because I use a small, Coleman SportCat catalytic heater that makes practically zero noise. And I have seen some portable heaters that sound like a blow torch when operating.

Are the Little Buddy heaters quiet enough to use in a deer blind with thin, nylon walls?

Thanks for your feedback.
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#6512288 - 10/26/16 08:40 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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little buddys are perfectly adequate for hunting in a blind, would even hunt outside with one, they just don't make enough noise to worry about once lit. They do have a nice audible click to get started, but that's it.

I can't speak to the larger ones though, never used the mr buddy or larger

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#6512296 - 10/26/16 08:44 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Very little noise after you light it. I have the adapter on mine so I can run a large bottle. Put the bottle under my blind and run a hose up to the heater. Eliminates carrying the little bottles. They'll last about 3 hours I think but I'm in my blind longer than that.
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#6512308 - 10/26/16 08:49 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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They're great, no noise and most of all, very little smell. Outside of the blind, they will blow out quickly. Get the bigger one if you can.

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#6512537 - 10/26/16 10:52 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have the larger one that can connect to a 20# bottle, as mentioned, just the few "clicks" of the starter to get it going, maybe a little "flutter" when the bottle is getting low as well... The glow put off, is a bigger pain than any sound it makes IMO.
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#6513065 - 10/26/16 02:42 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Thanks again for all the replies.
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#6514146 - 10/27/16 08:33 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I always keep a lighter in my blind to light my little buddy heater. Clicking the button to light it is pretty loud.

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#6514312 - 10/27/16 10:02 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
I have the larger one that can connect to a 20# bottle, as mentioned, just the few "clicks" of the starter to get it going, maybe a little "flutter" when the bottle is getting low as well... The glow put off, is a bigger pain than any sound it makes IMO.


I've always wondered what it looks like in the dark when those heaters are lit up. I have to think in the pitch black the blind looks like a jack o lantern with an orange glow coming from it but maybe I'm just overthinking it. OP, they are plenty quiet except for the click starting them up.


Edited by rexmitchell (10/27/16 10:02 AM)

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#6515046 - 10/27/16 07:02 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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The thing I like about the Little Buddy is once you get the blind warm you can turn it down to pilot light only for a while.
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#6515128 - 10/27/16 07:53 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Don't turn it on until sun comes up. It will give the jack o lantern effect.

Just an hour of cold, the 3 of heat

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#6515228 - 10/27/16 08:58 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have the Coleman catalytics in most blinds, but have the Little Buddy in my large blind. When running there's a hiss, but it isn't loud. But, with the windows open and strong gusts blowing through the blind, it gets a bit noisier. Bugs me, but the critters don't seem to notice.

Why'd Coleman quit making those catalytic heaters? They were perfect.

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#6603112 - 12/26/16 03:28 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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The Little Buddy Heater works great in my 4x8 Blynd (Texas company) and after it's running for 15 minutes, I am wearing a t shirt and starting to sweat. I have sliding tinted windows in my blind and we only open the windows about 5 inches when hunting hogs and predators at night so I don't think they see a glow from outside the blind. It's pretty darn quiet too. First night using it, we had a huge hog scratching itself on the side of the tower and a buck walk out 5 feet from us that didn't get spooked. I might buy a second one just to have Incase the one I have ends up breaking on me. The first one I had ended up having the ignition break and it was the one time that I didn't have a lighter in my backpack. That was a damn cold night lol. They make a larger unit that can run on a rechargeable battery that I am going to get once I buy some land and build a small cabin on the property for hunting. The extra batteries for it are not that expensive too.



The windows are pretty well tinted so I don't think they see any light from the heater.



Edited by bowbuilder1971 (12/26/16 03:39 PM)

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#6605875 - 12/28/16 04:01 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Sidebuster]
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Originally Posted By: Sidebuster
I always keep a lighter in my blind to light my little buddy heater. Clicking the button to light it is pretty loud.


^^^This is good advice. I have used the same one for the last four years and there is nothing more unsettling than the "PING" the spark ignition makes at 5 in the morning in the pitch black.

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#6605998 - 12/28/16 05:45 PM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: Texas Dan]
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The last Little Buddy I bought a couple of years ago has a much quitter ignition switch than my previous models.
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#6609217 - 12/31/16 08:04 AM Re: Little Buddy heaters - Are they quiet? [Re: twinbubba]
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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
The last Little Buddy I bought a couple of years ago has a much quitter ignition switch than my previous models.


Mine must be the same and I bought it in 2012, I can light it (inside the blind) with deer 15' below with no issue, the acorns hitting the roof make more noise.
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