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Old 11-22-2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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My heater mister buddy

My 76 25 footer is boondocked and winterized. The furnace does not work and the previous owner ran a gas line from the tanks which exited below the sliding door for the fuses. The line is a copper 3/8 inch capped with a 1 inch cap. I have a Mister Buddy heater,the small one, which I know many ASers have used. It does a good job heating, but the one pound propanes are too expensive. Any ideas about how to connect the standard Mr. Buddy hose to the copper line. Is there an adapter of some sort?
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #2
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There is an adapter hose that will fit in place of the bottle and hooks to a 20# tankhttp://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/propane-hose-assemblies-with-acme-nut/30338
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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Be careful !! I wouldnt use a propane heater in an inclosed area. The furnace in your AS uses combustion air from the outside. Mr. Buddy will eat up the oxygen in your AS and replace it with carbon monoxide real quick.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Those heater do not produce carbon monoxide they put out crabon dioxide. However once it consumes enough oxygen in the room and the combustion process does not have enough oxygen to burn clean then it will start producing carbon monoxide. If you open a roof vent and allow the carbon dioxide to exit the trailer(carbon dioxide is lighter than air) then the heater will always have enough oxygen to burn clean.
So it is safe to use these heaters for a very short term and agree not to use them as your primary source of heat in the trailer.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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I respectfully disagree.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is heavier than air and will sink in an undisturbed environment.
This is one reason why it is an effective fire extinguisher.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:21 PM   #6
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Coleman ProCat

Here's the small Coleman Catalytic Heater we use when dry camping in cold weahter .... heats up the Bambi nicely...we never let it run while we sleep and you must have proper ventilation...we like this model because it has a battery-driven fan (two Ds). It runs off standard propane canisters but I believe you can get a tank adapter.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:25 PM   #7
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I use the Mr. Heater Buddy heaters for a variety of uses, including camping. They have a low oxygen shut down on them. However providing some source of fresh air is a requirement of safe use.

We have 4 of them and have used them in the past during a power outage to keep the house from freezing up. We hang a 20# LP tank outside the window sill on the window box brackets (LP tank is in a milk crate) run the hose in through the window. I also have one mounted on the wall in my shop as a back up heater too, it is plumbed to a 100# tank that sits outside.

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Ok everybody agrees on propane producing cheap heat fast and using up oxygen to make CO2 and when they malfunction CO. Open window allow more air in but no one has mentioned the H2O produced when propane is burned in this small space, could be a problem over time.
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Ok everybody agrees on propane producing cheap heat fast and using up oxygen to make CO2 and when they malfunction CO. Open window allow more air in but no one has mentioned the H2O produced when propane is burned in this small space, could be a problem over time.
This has not been a problem in our experience but then we only use it for short time...we always have a vent open somewhere, too and that no doubt helps...
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:20 PM   #10
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Ok everybody agrees on propane producing cheap heat fast and using up oxygen to make CO2 and when they malfunction CO. Open window allow more air in but no one has mentioned the H2O produced when propane is burned in this small space, could be a problem over time.
Usually pretty dry around here in the winter time, so I have never noticed a moisture issue.

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Old 04-24-2011, 04:51 PM   #11
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Big Buddy or Little Buddy

Was almost set to pull the trigger on a little buddy Mr. Heater for my 26' Overlander thinking that running it on high would be sufficient enough with outside temps around 40 degrees and looking to be about 62 inside. But now I'm reading the Big Buddy may be more convenient to hook directly up to the trailers regulated gas pressure by using the bypass regulator connection on the back of the Big Buddy.
Also, not knowing how long it would take the little buddy to heat the trailer up if we came back to a static 45 degree interior temp wanting to go to bed in 30 minutes, perhaps the Big Buddy would be the better choice to quickly warm the trailer up at 18,000 btu before turning it down to 9000 for night time sleeping with the roof vent and side window cracked open.
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I've used one of those heaters in a deer blind once and it was really effective. My question about running the trailer's propane line to it is, what gas pressure does that heater need to run at peak performance?

The screw-on tank would seem to give varrying pressures as it runs out. Does the heater somehow regulate the pressure?
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:20 AM   #13
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Life is too short to risk dyeing in an Airstream. Spend the money and fix the old furnace or buy a new one, don't risk your life to save a few bucks.
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I have a big buddy and it will warm things up real quick. Where do you guys put your heaters while using them? They put out loads of heat on to the surface they are set on and I cracked my dining room table last winter. So I don't want to use it on the floor. Where do you park your heater?
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