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Portable Heater Suggestions #6010501 11/04/15 04:43 PM
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I had a little Coleman heater for the last few years that I used on the duck blind and deer blind and she is on her last legs and they don't make this old antique any more.
I've used the Mr Heater Buddy heaters and wasn't impressed with the output, like the old tank I had.
Can anyone suggest any other little portable heaters that I might look into?

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Northern Tool has a blue flame portable used to heat ice fishing shacks. That's what I'm going with this season, or a good small Dearborn will heat it too.




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thanks Cast...I'll check the store out in Tyler.

good luck hunting this weekend man!

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I have found that radiant instead of blue-flame heaters work better. Blue flame is great for heating a tight area. A radiant heater can do more to heat you, with less fuel.

I have been using one of these for last few years.
Amzon heater
I put it in the corner of the blind, on the floor. It will last all morning on one cylinder, if you run it constantly. Unless its well below freezing, I find that I usually run it about half the time.
No built in ignitor, so you need a match or lighter.


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I love the mr heater portable buddy.

You can buy refillable bottles anywhere and in a 4x6 blind you can turn it on low and it will last for hours!!!!!


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The smaller version works pretty good na will screw apart from the tank and fit in back pack

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Mr Heater is hard to beat. I have one of them that use the bottle as a stand and I bought the biggest one they make also, that I can use a bottle on, or hook a big bottle to with an adapter hose.
I keep that one for back up heat in my 450 square foot cabin.


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I'm gonna quit messing with refilling the one pound bottles and get a heater that hooks to a propane tank. Use 20's and swap them at Allsups when empty.


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I'm gonna quit messing with refilling the one pound bottles and get a heater that hooks to a propane tank. Use 20's and swap them at Allsups when empty.


The 18k btu mr buddy heater has a 20 lb propane tank attachment available. The heater has a blower fan and automatic low oxygen cut off.

Works well, most importantly very safe



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I've been pretty happy with my Mr Heater except on our trip to Colorado..

It'll heat my 4x7 stand just fine even with the windows open. Like BOBO said, there is an attachment available to hook up to a bigger tank, I just haven't done it yet.

I didn't like it in Colorado because it was a bear to get lit. Not sure if it was due to the altitude and low oxygen or what.


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I think they are safe to use indoors.

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Here ya go, some answers regarding operation at altitude -

When operating the heater at altitudes over 7,000 FT. above sea level, the unit may not burn as bright as in lower altitudes. This is normal. At higher altitudes, the heater may shut-off. If this happens, provide fresh air, wait 5 minutes and re-light.
answered 5 years ago by ProductExpert27

I've been using this exact model for years without any problems. The elevation where I live is 7,560'.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by RCinNM - Ojo Feliz, NM

I live at 6500 ft elevation and it works great. The problem comes with the oxygen sensor on the heater. It may not function above 4500 ft because of the decrease in oxygen. However, the heater itself functions. I have 3 of these and use them on a daily basis!!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by mthome - Montana

It's regularly called on to work for us at 7,500 feet and higher. It works fine.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by blackhawk5

The big buddy requires too much oxygen at higher altitudes. We found that the smaller version works well at high altitudes and heats our fifth wheel well.


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what ZK said ... it was hard getting out of a warm sleeping bag in CO when he couldn't get his Mr. Heater lit!!! If it had been much colder, I would have lit the furnace in the cab-over.


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I have Both...I use the old white one in the mornings and the Little Buddy in the afternoons...

Only downfall to Little Buddies are that they light your Face Up with a bright Orange Glow in a Stand





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Those white heaters are great! I like the Dearborns too, but they have very fragile Thermals (Heat radiating bricks) that ain't cheap. I hope the little ice house heater works as well as the white one, but I doubt it.


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Originally Posted By: ZK-315
I've been pretty happy with my Mr Heater except on our trip to Colorado..

It'll heat my 4x7 stand just fine even with the windows open. Like BOBO said, there is an attachment available to hook up to a bigger tank, I just haven't done it yet.

I didn't like it in Colorado because it was a bear to get lit. Not sure if it was due to the altitude and low oxygen or what.



that's the exact one I have for the cabin, I can run it off of the big bottle with the adapter hose I bought


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I've used both dearborn and the Mr. Buddy. most of our stands are 4x6 or 5x6 and the Mr. Buddy's work well. After the season is over, I'll put a q-tip in the end of the line where the flame is to keep dirt from getting in. Had a problem several years ago with the fuel line getting plugged. No problems since.

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Not sure of the brand, but in my smaller blinds I use a little heater that screws on the top of the 1 lb bottle. Has its own igniter as well. Works great. In the old days I just used the one pound coffee can, roll of toilet paper and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Not a bunch of heat, but the darn thing could run for days!


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Originally Posted By: Cast
Here ya go, some answers regarding operation at altitude -

When operating the heater at altitudes over 7,000 FT. above sea level, the unit may not burn as bright as in lower altitudes. This is normal. At higher altitudes, the heater may shut-off. If this happens, provide fresh air, wait 5 minutes and re-light.
answered 5 years ago by ProductExpert27

I've been using this exact model for years without any problems. The elevation where I live is 7,560'.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by RCinNM - Ojo Feliz, NM

I live at 6500 ft elevation and it works great. The problem comes with the oxygen sensor on the heater. It may not function above 4500 ft because of the decrease in oxygen. However, the heater itself functions. I have 3 of these and use them on a daily basis!!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by mthome - Montana

It's regularly called on to work for us at 7,500 feet and higher. It works fine.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago by blackhawk5

The big buddy requires too much oxygen at higher altitudes. We found that the smaller version works well at high altitudes and heats our fifth wheel well.


That's kind of what I figured was the issue we had. I wonder if I can somehow disable that oxygen sensor...come on Google!

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Originally Posted By: nak
I have found that radiant instead of blue-flame heaters work better. Blue flame is great for heating a tight area. A radiant heater can do more to heat you, with less fuel.

I have been using one of these for last few years.
Amzon heater
I put it in the corner of the blind, on the floor. It will last all morning on one cylinder, if you run it constantly. Unless its well below freezing, I find that I usually run it about half the time.
No built in ignitor, so you need a match or lighter.


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Originally Posted By: nak
I have found that radiant instead of blue-flame heaters work better. Blue flame is great for heating a tight area. A radiant heater can do more to heat you, with less fuel.

I have been using one of these for last few years.
Amzon heater
I put it in the corner of the blind, on the floor. It will last all morning on one cylinder, if you run it constantly. Unless its well below freezing, I find that I usually run it about half the time.
No built in ignitor, so you need a match or lighter.


I have one of those in the cave, used it last winter for heat when I ran out of kero. It's a three top unit that sits on a propane jug. They do throw some heat, for sure. Never lit more than one at a time.


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I've been pretty happy with my Mr Heater except on our trip to Colorado..

It'll heat my 4x7 stand just fine even with the windows open. Like BOBO said, there is an attachment available to hook up to a bigger tank, I just haven't done it yet.

I didn't like it in Colorado because it was a bear to get lit. Not sure if it was due to the altitude and low oxygen or what.



that's the exact one I have for the cabin, I can run it off of the big bottle with the adapter hose I bought



Just used that same one with a big bottle up in Durango earlier this week before the snow pushed me out. Placed it at the door of my tent and didn't freeze to death when it got in the 10's down in the valley I was camping in.


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