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Old 09/25/06, 06:01 PM
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Any one use a Mr. Heater portable buddy?

I was thinking of getting one for back up emergency heat. Where do you buy the one-pound propane units?

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Old 09/25/06, 06:21 PM
 
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You can get the propane canisters at K-mart, Wal-mart, sporting goods stores, etc.
I had one of those heaters, didn't like it. It stopped working and I'm glad it did. Now my back-up heating is a kerosene heater.

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Old 09/25/06, 08:03 PM
 
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I love my Little Buddy. (The propane canisters have more than doubled in price since I bought mine ).

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Old 09/25/06, 08:54 PM
 
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I have one. I use when camping I get cold REAL easy. We have a propane T that runs propane hoses offf our regular 5 gal tank. The hoses fit the little buddy. Great tool!

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Old 09/25/06, 09:07 PM
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I use one that connects directly to the 20 lb tank. Its a lot more stable and puts out lots of heat. The very smallest ones will probably have to be run on high all the time to heat much space. Some can be tilted and also be used to cook on, but NOT when attached to a 1 lb canister. Get one bigger than you think youll need. You can turn a bigger one down but a small one will only go so high.

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Old 09/26/06, 09:34 AM
 
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I was thinking of getting one for back up emergency heat. Where do you buy the one-pound propane units?

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Maggie

I have 4 of them-----two new/never used--(Good Sale price) I LOVE THEM. They are so convienent. I live by myself so I don't have the heat turned up very high and use one of these just in the area I am using. During the night---I have to get up in the early morning to visit the bathroom-----If it is cold I lite the heater and go back to bed---When I get up to shower later I sit the heater into the bathroom while I fix coffee then it is warm when I shower. I also have one in my shop. Bought the other two--one for my other shop(wood working) and one as a extra heat in the Motor Home while winter camping. I have a Adapter to re-fill the small cylinders from a 20lb one. About once a week(during winter) I re-fill several 1lb cylinders. I also have the set-up to hook these heters to a larger cylinder, but then it is more bulky to move around------So I just use the 1lb cylinder and Love the heater. Re-filling off of a 20lb cost right now about 50/60 cent per 1lb cylinder. Randy

PS---I feel if you re-fill new looking cylinders--not old rusty ones---it is safe. But I never refill around something that could cause a FIRE like a lit cigarette. I can actually put more than 1lb of gas into the cylinder---So I be real careful and TIME the filling To-The-Second to keep from over-filling. I use kitchen scales to weigh the cylinders after I fill each one so I can readjust the time a few seconds if needed before filling another one.
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Old 09/26/06, 09:43 AM
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We used one of those to heat the bathroom in winter a couple years ago. I got a headache every time (even with new cannisters), and I'm not one to get headaches. I had to switch to a small electric model.

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Old 09/26/06, 10:06 AM
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I've seen them at lowes for about $69. Since the furnance in my travel trailer went out, I thought about getting one.

For those you have been using them, how long does a tank last on one in really cold weather? I've got bigger tanks, so I'd get the hose for it, but still, I am curious.


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I've seen them at lowes for about $69. Since the furnance in my travel trailer went out, I thought about getting one.

For those you have been using them, how long does a tank last on one in really cold weather? I've got bigger tanks, so I'd get the hose for it, but still, I am curious.


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Hello Rowdy---------I have mine stored right now, but All the ones I have and the ones I have looked at tell you on the box how long a 1lb cylinder last on low and on high. If you have a fair size travel trailer------make sure you get a Bigger heater with atleast two burners(side by side) or you will stay REAL cold with a smaller heater. I use a 4 or 5 burner unit (forgot btu's--cost about $200 new--got mine for $100 slightly used) that hangs on the wall for my main heat in my travel trailer-------it is ventless and is hooked to a 100lb cylinder. It is also thermostat controlled and WILL run you OUT of a 34ft travel trailer if turned up alot. I just use the smaller heaters we been discussing to knock the chill out of the bedroom/bathroom etc so I can keep the main heater turned down alot at night. Randy
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Old 11/02/06, 08:33 AM
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Well, I bought the bullet and bought a Mr. Buddy Big Buddy heater. I went into several stores to buy a vented heater, since I had decided to cut a vent into the wall, but after seeing what I wanted was sold out, and doing some reading on this bigger Mr. buddy, I picked one up for a few bucks over $100 at Tractor Supply.

It is rated to heat 400 sq ft, which is about twice what I have. Last night I used in my girlfriend's apartment (about 700 sq ft) with a window completely open, and the place stayed pretty warm, so I think it will work at my place.

This heater also has a built in fan, which takes batteries or an adapter. I need to buy some batteries to see if it will be worth the money to buy the A/C adapter.

As for saftey, despite the features on the heater I am buying an external detector. I also have taken the propane fridge out of the trailer, so I am going to uncover the vent for it, so I do not have to worry about cracking a window.

Of course I have buyer's remorse; I still think I should have bought a bigger/better heater. But with my chest freezer in there, I do not have much room for a heater, and this one can be moved out of the way. Besides that, this month the extra $100 would have been hard to come by.

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