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Old 11-26-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Mr Heater?

I have a Shamrock 183. Just wondering which Mr Heater I would want for fall or winter camping. How long does a 1lb tank last or just get a adapter hose for the 20lb tanks? Buddy? Big Buddy? Etc...
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
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I use just a little buddy on low when boondocking. Provides good heat- the higher setting might melt something I always worry. A 1lb last about 7 hrs on low. If going to be a cold weekend I use the 20 lb hose- something like 200 hrs on low.
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Mr Heater more efficient than the furnace? Better heat? Less condensation?
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Mr Heater more efficient than the furnace? Better heat? Less condensation?
Does not use any power like the furnace power hog does. I've had the furnace kill my battery in 2days. Part of the reason why I got a buddy.
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Does not use any power like the furnace power hog does. I've had the furnace kill my battery in 2days. Part of the reason why I got a buddy.
Buddies have batteries? Or just some of the models?
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My little buddy does not. Can't speak for the larger versions.
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We opted for the Big Buddy Heater. Even on low, and with 2 windows cracked, it does a good heating our camper. The Big Buddy Heater has 2 propane canisters that will last about 10 hours on low. The Buddy Heater only has provisions for 1 canister, and will not last all nite. I don't want to get up in the middle of the night to change canisters.

The Big Buddy Heater uses a battery to power a small fan. The fan does not need to be used.

I always crack a window near the heater, and another in the bedroom area. I also make sure the CO detector is working properly.
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Where do you plan on using it? The Buddy has a low oxygen sensor that is a nice safety feature, but also prevents the heater from operating at altitudes above around 6,000 ft.

If you want to use a ventless heater at higher elevations, you should look at one of the three Olympian Wave catalytic heaters by Camco. I have mine mounted on a wall and plumbed directly into the RV's propane system.

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Where do you plan on using it? The Buddy has a low oxygen sensor that is a nice safety feature, but also prevents the heater from operating at altitudes above around 6,000 ft. If you want to use a ventless heater at higher elevations, you should look at one of the three Olympian Wave catalytic heaters by Camco. I have mine mounted on a wall and plumbed directly into the RV's propane system. Joel
It does? Huh... Mine works fine at 9000 ft. And I set it right next to CO detector- never goes off. Maybe I got lucky with a defect!
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Mr Heater more efficient than the furnace? Better heat? Less condensation?
Any unvented space heater will add water to the air because it is a product of combustion. So the Buddy heaters will increase humidity, as will catalytic heaters, relative to the use of the furnace.

And just to be clear, Mr. Heater has four heaters in the "Buddy" line.
Big Buddy - 4,000, 9,000, and 18,000 BTU/HR
Hunting Buddy - 6,000 - 12,000 BTU/HR
Portable Buddy - 4,000 and 9,000 BTU/HR
Little Buddy - 3,800 BTU/HR


Some people call the Portable Buddy the "Little Buddy." Many web sites refer to it simply as the "Buddy Heater"

Just to add ot the naming confusion, the manual provided online for the Little Buddy refers to it as the "Basecamp."
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