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Old 01-03-2020, 08:39 AM   #21
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i cook a meal, and heat water in the pots for doing dishes, by the time I'm done the camper is warm, and stays warm a while.
I do not have a stove hood, and with the roof vent open and the stove window cracked slightly have never had my CO alarm go off
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:38 AM   #22
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Simple is better, thatís about what Iíve decided.
There seems to be a sub-set of tiny trailer owners, like me, that want to make things as simple as possible- eliminating as many complications as possible.
My son, an electrical engineer, has a giant Airstream and loves adding and tinkering with solar, batteries etc- and IS always tinkering!
I like fishing, hiking and sight -seeing, and just want a warm place to sleep, read and play games.
Like Thoreau, simplicity, simplicity, simplicity- for me anyway.
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:21 PM   #23
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You need about 1 square inch venting for each 1,000 btu's of heat when using a Mr Buddy or Wave heater for longer than an hour. If it's for less time we don't worry about venting. We cook on our less efficient stoves and most don't vent, don't we? So spare me the lecture.

However, yes, we have the carbon monoxide detector that came with the camper and an extra detector just for redundancy.

To quickly warm our Escape 5th wheel at night we run a Mr Buddy heater on low, 4,000 btu's. It warms the camper in less than 15 minutes, whereas the furnace takes at least an hour or more. We use refillable 1lb Flame King LP containers.

We camp in the shoulder seasons, many times the night temps get below freezing. I take our Mr Buddy to the cold showers at the campground. I get into the changing stall and turn on the Mr Buddy. After I get out, my area is nice and toasty. Worth every penny!

Haven't heard of anyone who has properly vented the heater die yet, ever! In November an idiot who insulated and sealed his van died when using his sunflower heater inside the van with no venting. They determined he disabled the safety switch on the sunflower heater and was also cooking on the heater. Now that man was an idiot! A dead idiot!


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Old 01-04-2020, 04:16 AM   #24
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I use my stove top for heating my trailer. But it was designed for that use, it has an outside exhaust and there is no open flame.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:03 AM   #25
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I just got the small Mr. buddy for the Burro.
Will give it a try this winter.
Can’t imagine using it for more than 15-20 min. Just to get the Burro warm.
I’ll let you know what I think.
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:33 PM   #26
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Little Buddy

After 2 trips to the winter desert the little buddy is a winner.
We used it evening for an hour to read and get ready for bed, and about the same in the morning.
Burro held the heat well after it was turned off. I continuing to add insulation after every trip, and that seem to help.
It does take up floor space, which is premium in a 13í trailer, the only downside.
Iíd say itís a great addition for winter camping.
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