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Posted: 12/28/17 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have one, but I've never used it in my pop up. I usually camp at a spot with an electric hookup and just use a ceramic heater which works nicely to heat the popup. I wouldn't hesitate to use the Mr. Heater Buddy heater in my popup when awake. Like others have said, I'd be hesitant to use it when sleeping. Anything with an open flame that puts out carbon monoxide (minuscule amounts but still) and burns oxygen is probably best used when you are fully awake.


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THEY HAVE AN OPEN FLAME!

Not only is the pilot light an open flame, its an open flame on the element as well.

We use these heaters for deer stands and ice fishing. Cant be beat.

But I would never...ever use them in a trailer of which I sleep in.



I'd consider using one to break the cold to help out the furnace, but I use a small ceramic space heater for that purpose.

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RinconVTR wrote:

THEY HAVE AN OPEN FLAME!

Not only is the pilot light an open flame, its an open flame on the element as well.

We use these heaters for deer stands and ice fishing. Cant be beat.

But I would never...ever use them in a trailer of which I sleep in.



I'd consider using one to break the cold to help out the furnace, but I use a small ceramic space heater for that purpose.


Why, that's what they are designed for. They are designed to be used in tents and trailers.


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I have the Big Buddy Heater and really like it for the tents in the fall.

I like that it has a built in fan that can be used with batteries or an AC adapter.

The heater itself is pretty safe. It has tip over protection and a low O2 shutoff.

Since this is a ventless propane heater, you must leave a window open in your camper since it burns the oxygen inside the camper. If there's inadequate oxygen, incomplete combustion happens, and we know what that produces, Carbon Monoxide (CO). So it's 2 fold, depletes the oxygen out of the air and then produces CO from the incomplete combustion resulting from the depletion of oxygen.

So always leave a window open and always use a CO Alarm, which is mandatory in RVs anyway. You'll also want to have a propane gas detector/alarm which are also mandatory in RVs.

Also, do not have the heater by any bedding, loose clothes, drapes, or loose tenting. Here's the manual and the website for it.

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We have a big buddy in our deer stand and a first gen buddy heater that we use in our pop-up. I have never worried about CO2 or low oxygen from them since they have the ODS and I have a CO2 alarm. Most people probably worry more than I do though.


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Does anyone ever backpack in buddy heaters? I'm looking to go further off grid 8 miles to deer hunt. I don't use the pup for too much anymore.


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I bought one years ago to take my kids hunting. While I’ll still carry it on cold days it would be a pain to carry for 8 miles since you would need to carry extra propane bottles with you, unless you can leave it and just bring the extra propane.

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Fireman286 wrote:

I bought one years ago to take my kids hunting. While I’ll still carry it on cold days it would be a pain to carry for 8 miles since you would need to carry extra propane bottles with you, unless you can leave it and just bring the extra propane.

I would leave it back there. Initial hike in big tent broken down to two backpacks, next hike in cooking gear, third trip buddy heaters, and water, 4th hike in basic 3 day backpacking gear and the bows.

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