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Old 01-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Portable Propane Heater

We are making a large trip west in mid May and staying in Yellowstone for 3 days on the way. Our Scamp is fully equipped including a propane furnace but in May it is going to be cold. My concern is running down the single trailer battery to run the furnace blower. We really don't want to camp in Fishing Bridge because of cost of a full service RV park when we only need electric at the most. I don't have a generator and typically charge the battery from the truck when traveling, which won't help in this case.

Has anyone used a Portable Propane Heater such as the Mr. Heater Buddy? It costs about $80 and heats up to 200 sq feet. They are for use in campers, etc. and have low oxygen and tip-over shutoffs. It runs on a 1 or 20 pound propane tank.

It would seem like a perfect solution for a few days use in the evening and at night. I would leave a window cracked open but worried about becoming a statistic.

Worse case we could stay at Fishing Bridge...

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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I searched some more in this forum and found the Mr Heaters don't work above 6000 ft. So I will keep searching for a different type of heater.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Lov it!!!

We bought one for our 16' Li'l Scamp for those colder nights when we have no shore power.

Being just a tad paranoid about CO, we crack the bathroom and kitchen windows and raise the vent just a smidge for air circulation. Since we have a Maxx Air cover we can do this even in wet weather.

And, since we prefer a slightly cooler sleeping temp we set it at the lowest setting and it will run all night if we need it.

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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Yellowstone in mid May. wow. wonder if all the roads will be open.

I would be sure to have electric site and use an electric cube heater. Pack warm clothes.

We bought a Mr Buddy but haven't used it much. Never burned off the new smell. The guys who use it for ice fishing have tons of condensation dripping on them. We really prefer the elect cube heater. If we can't get electricity in the cold we pile on the blankets and fire up the stovetop for hot water. stove quickly warms the trailer. then shut it off and go to sleep.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:12 PM   #5
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I believe almost all of he Catalytic heaters shut down above about 7000 feet as the O2 sensors on them think the room is about out of oxygen The average Altitude at Yellowstone is 7400' per the NPS.
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I have a 6 FT x 8 FT deer hunting stand with an 8 ft high ceiling and 3 casement windows . My Mr Buddy heater runs about 6 hours on low flame with a 1 lb disposable propane tank and keeps my deer stand comfortable. even at -10 DEG F . I've had some condensation but not really a problem
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:29 PM   #7
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I think we might drive into West Yellowstone and stay at a RV park rather than deal with the cold for three days. Found a park named Hideway RV park for $32 a night.

I was in Yellowstone in August last year. The park service says most of the roads should be open by May 22, so we are crossing our fingers.

Thanks for all of your responses.
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I searched some more in this forum and found the Mr Heaters don't work above 6000 ft. So I will keep searching for a different type of heater.
Rod, we have a 13' Scamp and dry camp a lot above 6000 ft. We were disappointed when our Mr Heater didn't work at altitude. We purchased a Coleman Black Cat that runs on a 1 pound disposable propane tank and did operate at 10,000 ft (32 degrees) last summer in Colorado, but it was way to hot for the Scamp. We now purchased a Coleman Sport Cat that runs on the same propane tank, but lasts twice as long (16 hrs) because it puts out less heat, but perfect for us.
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You might want to check out the West Yellowstone KOA. We were there in 2003 and it was really nice. Also no bear worries there.

By the way it was 4th of July week and 90 during the day but ice on the table in the morning. Cube heater worked just fine.
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I would think the cheapest way to insure heat for 3 days, don't use the Scamp lights, and get a second battery. I've gone for 4 days in some pretty cool weather. But the second battery is a bit extra insurance and not as expensive as other options.
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I have used the Mr Heater Buddy in the winter in the mountains of SW VA And West VA. It works great! Keep a window cracked. Gives off a lot of heat in a small trailer. It will go all night on Low, never needed it on high. I am hearing for the first time that it won't work above 6,000 feet. I have used it at just under 6,000 feet.
Also just bought a used Coleman Sport Cat really cheap off of Craigs List to try out
because it supposed to last longer on a tank. As stated above it is low BTU. not much heat. But Sounds like fun and I hope the roads are open for you!
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #12
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Coleman Heater on Ebay
Considering that they usually sell for well under $90, what's with this offering on eBay, but they do offer free shipping, but take only PayPal...
New SEALED Coleman Blackcat Perfectemp Catalytic Portable Propane Heater | eBay
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:04 AM   #13
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Bob, Scam? It's Crazy. You can buy the Coleman BlackCat 3,000 BTU at Walmart for $48.86 and the Sportcat 1,500 BTU for $34.22. They last as long as the BTU demand. Amount of heat produced is relative to the BTU.
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Has anyone tried to operate their buddy with a long propane hose through an open window and put a large propane tank outside their rig. Sure would save the cost of a 1 pound tank which can be expensive if used on a daily basis. There is a 10 foot hose which Mr. Buddy supplies, but may not be long enough, so would have to look elsewhere for a longer one. Comments, please, and also is condensation a problem, even with a window or two open.

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Lov it!!!

We bought one for our 16' Li'l Scamp for those colder nights when we have no shore power.

Being just a tad paranoid about CO, we crack the bathroom and kitchen windows and raise the vent just a smidge for air circulation. Since we have a Maxx Air cover we can do this even in wet weather.

And, since we prefer a slightly cooler sleeping temp we set it at the lowest setting and it will run all night if we need it.

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