Originally Posted by D-mo
basically these units are designed with a pilot light to prevent the unit causiing a fire if it was tipped over . It the unit is tipped over .. the pilot light goes out ... thus extinguishing the and cancelling the porpane freed to the radiant fire board. Thats just about it.
Now im not saying these are bad heaters ... but they do have a habit of going out in the wind. I have been using these heaters exclusively for the last 7 years ... when ice fishing .. and they are great heaters ... but do not do well in windy conditions .. as they simply go out and are very hard to restart.
In my opinion ... it would be best for the o.p to go to a sunflower style radiant heater .. no issues with it blowing out ... no 1lb canisters to deal with, and no issues with connecting them to large bottles of propane ... as the buddy style heaters require a special filter to be installed to sort out the impurities that will clog the lines of the heater.
D-Mo, thx for the input. I assumed, shame on me, that once lit if the pilot light blew out it would be re-ignited by the main burner. I am going to try one anyway as I will primarily use it on cool/cold nights outside at the camp ground or as a back side heater when around a camp fire. If it is windy, I'm staying inside...