Baby it’s Cold Outside

f232000Winter has arrived here in Oregon and with it I have added a new item to my prepper collection. While living in a modern home in the City doesn’t allow for certain options like a wood burning fireplace or wood burning stove I thought about other options to keep my family warm in the event of a power grid down situation. After much research and time spent looking at reviews and watching Youtube videos I made the decision to purchase a Mr Heater Buddy.

One of the major reasons for making this decision was that it has a built in oxygen sensor to automatically shut off if for any reason oxygen is depleted in the area of use. Another reason is that it is ultra portable and makes an excellent addition to camping equipment or an alternative source of heat in an RV or Motorhome in the event there is need to bud out. I won’t get into to many details as the manufactures description tells the tale:

North America’s Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like large tents up to 225 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. A swivel regulator gives you the ability to adapt usage from a disposable cylinder to a remote gas supply with the purchase of a hose and filter. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.
4,000 or 9,000 BTU per hour
For use with propane gas
Heats up to 225 sq. ft.
Single control start knob
Hi-Low heat settings
Swivel regulator
Fold down handle
Accidental tip-over safety shut-off
Includes Piezo igniter
Runs off a 1 lb. cylinder
Connects directly to a 20 lb. cylinder with optional hose and filter

I gave my new product a spin in the garage which with the temperature outside being at 26 degrees made the garage cold enough to not want to spend too much time in it. I set it up exactly as the video suggested and turned it on. It took just a few minutes on high to reach a maximum glow and I felt the radiated heat immediately. As I sat in front of it I had the same feeling as sitting in front of a warm campfire on a cool night. It didn’t take long before I noticed a level of comfort in the garage although I didn’t exactly measure the temperature. There are however plenty of youtube videos where folks have tested both temperatures and oxygen levels in rooms they are using Mr Heater Buddy in.

There is on thing that I have to express that should go without saying, “Never leave a unit like this unattended, and always have a dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby when using this unit or any alternative sources of heat”.

When running the unit on high the average fuel use is a one pound can of propane for 3 hours. For extended periods of grid down I would suggest stocking up on those small propane canisters.

Of course this is not a long time solution to a major emergency but most emergencies during the winter here are centered around a tree falling into a power line and shutting power down for a while.

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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15 Responses to Baby it’s Cold Outside

  1. Digger likes this article thank you- he has made notes!

  2. James says:

    Wait! You can’t have a wood burning fireplace in Portland? Wow!

  3. Yes that is great for heating a garage. When I was looking for “grid-out” emergency heating, I first came upon this. The big issue is how much propane had to be stored to make it a feasible option and then the C02 issue. I have seen a lot of videos where these were used overnight in campers and the person would say how great, but then they all made mention of waking w/ a bad headache after being in it’s warmth. For heat in my trailer I have a “direct vent” high btu heater installed by an RV pro, who used to be a home HVAC guy in his last life. Pulls the air in from the outside and vents the C02 back out. Before moving in I still had a winter to go where I needed emergency heat and after research I found getting a good Kerosene heater off craigslist was the best option. I was not crazy about it, but then it’s for emergency only. I went w/ that as I found out there is less chance of C02 poisoning and tip over was a bigger concern-no kids or pets, so would work in my case. A the burn time and level of heat for the amount of fuel was better and it did not have the fatality rate that the Mr Buddy was responsible for. For a garage or patio, I still think the Mr. Buddy, but for emergency house heat, I would use the Kerosene. I am really releived to have vented off grid heat so I don’t have to deal w/ either.

    One thing people do some places for emergencies only is have a small wood stove that can be set up inside w/ the pipe set up to vent out the window, in a way that is fire safe of course-this is more for long term outage.

    It’s a shame that you can not have a wood stove where you are or at least an LP heater that is vented and runs off a large tank-it would solve a lot.

    • Excellent advice. I have already thought about the option of a small wood burning stove vented out the window but the way my house is built there really is no practical place to put it. However the Kerosene heater is something I am adding to my list thanks to you. Hopefully soon I will be the proud owner of a Class C Motorhome and won’t have to worry much.

      • Karel Kramer says:

        Oh yes you will have to worry much! As someone who has travelled the country for the past 3 years in a Class C motorhome, I assure you there are times you get cold. You can use “central heating” when you are hooked up to electricity, but that heater is LOUD and comes on and goes off CONSTANTLY. Plus you also need to run your generator if you are without electric power (boondocking). My solution is a Wave 6 propane heater. I love using this quiet, extraordinarily efficient solution. (No, I have no affiliation with the manufacturer.)

      • Very nice. I’m going to take a look at the wave 6. I also think that it’s pretty cool that you travel the country in a class C motorhome. Awesome!

  4. Kim Smyth says:

    This sounds like something no camper or survivor should be without! Good post!

  5. Lol. That is a a great man toy! Very cool (I mean warm). đŸ˜‰

  6. I’m a little north of you. We love our Mr Heater!! It really came in handy while we were getting my deer ready to hang. Thanks for visiting our blog!! It was nice to see you. Had you not visited, I might not have found your delightful blog (which I followed). I hope you’ll follow us and join us on our next adventure!!

  7. Mina says:

    Canllig all cars, calling all cars, we’re ready to make a deal.

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