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Old 02-22-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Portable Buddy Heater

How many use portable heaters and which brand? Do you use the small tanks or a 20#. Would it be possible to hook into the lp line on the camper. We have a Rockwood 2011 8280WS
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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Be very careful if you are planning on using an lp heater inside the camper. They remove oxygen from the air and can generate carbon monoxide. I would advise against it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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I use a Big Buddy heater when dry camping. With the double tanks, it will go about 10 hrs. on the low setting. I think you can get a "whip" line to run off of your own propane tanks, but seems to me that would be a hassle to hook up everything, and another possible place for propane to leak.

We crack a window near the heater, and also 1 in the bedroom when using the heater. Make sure your CO detector is working.

Even with the windows cracked and the heater on low, it heats our camper nicely.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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The Mr. Heater MH18B info as follows:
Product Description
From the Manufacturer
With its newly integrated hot air blowing system, the Big Buddy Heater now takes portable heating to a new level. Ideal for use indoors, the safe Portable Buddy Heater features an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system that automatically turns the unit off before carbon monoxide fumes reach dangerous levels in your tent, camper, or garage. This portable wonder blasts out 18,000 BTUs, and can heat up to 400 square feet of space for up to 220 hours on one tank with the thermostat on low. A blower fan can be powered by 4 size D batteries or an A/C Adaptor. And, multi-position heat settings keep the room at just the right temperature so you're never alternating between too hot, and too cold.
FEATURES
Battery or A/C powered blower fan for versatility
Low, medium, and high heat level control knob for steady temperatures
Key-shaped rear mounting holes for wall mounting
Large four-position heat level control knob for controlling with gloved hands
Built-in Piezo starter for easy starts
Automatic shut off for accidental tip-over and fume safety
SPECIFICATIONS
Built in Ignition system
Heat settings: 4,000 - 9,000 - 18,000 BTU's
Product Description
Portable propane heater. Features one button ignition, a tip over safety feature and an oxygen depletion sensor that will automatically shut unit off to keep you safe when using it in confined spaces. Heats up to 400sq. Ft. CSA certified
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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We used a Wave brand ventless heater on a separate lp bottle for one season. They can be hooked up to the coach propane system. Some folks like 'em, I didn't. They have their drawbacks but can be used "safely".

Here is an excellent article about ventless propane heaters you might be interested in. It is farily long, but your health and life could depend on the information provided... Ventless Heaters
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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I have a Buddy heater as well as a Big Buddy heater. They both work good. A couple of things to note. They do put out some smell in my opinion. The Big Buddy has a low oxygen shut off safety feature. I don't believe the regular Buddy heater does. They tell you in the instructions not to hook it up to anything larger than a 20lb tank. Go to there web site and you can learn more. Another option to look at is the Olympian Wave heaters. They have several advantages from what I have read. Little to no smell and much more fuel efficient. They make 3 different sizes. They are expensive, but I have yet to read a bad review on them. I plan on purchasing the Wave 6 soon.
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The Mr. Heater MH18B info as follows:

This portable wonder blasts out 18,000 BTUs, and can heat up to 400 square feet of space for up to 220 hours on one tank with the thermostat on low.
Huh ?? What size tank is that ?? Surely not the small screw-in tanks.
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We used a Wave brand ventless heater on a separate lp bottle for one season. They can be hooked up to the coach propane system. Some folks like 'em, I didn't. They have their drawbacks but can be used "safely".

Here is an excellent article about ventless propane heaters you might be interested in. It is farily long, but your health and life could depend on the information provided... Ventless Heaters
Great read on the Ventless Heaters. Thanks for sharing, it was very informative. A guy I worked with years ago died in the back of his pickup with a topper on it. He was running a coleman lantern for heat. He and his son both died as a result. Very sad situation.
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Huh ?? What size tank is that ?? Surely not the small screw-in tanks.
I believe that is with a 20lb tank. Maybe two?
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I believe that is with a 20lb tank. Maybe two?
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