Now that it’s winter in Ohio, this is ever more important, because if the electric goes out, you absolutely must have a backup or else you have to be on the move to a place that’ll keep you warm. I now have a newborn and his safety is the highest priority, so if the electric goes out and our furnace ceases to work, a few frigid hours could be very dangerous for him. If it were just me, I’d weather it out with lots of warm clothes and blankets, but since he’s only two months ago at this point, I must be strategic. Some of the neighboring houses are outfitted with natural gas lines, propane, or wood burners, and while I love the idea of a wood burner, we don’t have room for one right now.
So, last month as the natural world turned from green to brown to white, I did my research and reached out to Mr. Heater for help. They were kind in sending their best versatile and mobile heater, the Big Buddy Portable Heater, which is a propane-based heater that can run off of two 1 lb. cylinders or if you use a hose, you can hookup to a larger tank. The Big Buddy offers 4,000-18,000 BTUs per hour and was built for heating enclosed spaces. To light it, hook up your tank then simply push and rotate the starter knob, and the Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. The Big Buddy has safety features that are very important considering how flammable this setup can be if not designed well, such as an oxygen depletion sensor and an accidental tip-over safety shut-off.
When my family has to employ the Big Buddy, we vent the far end of the living room by cracking the window a tad, because there are fumes you need to worry about over time. Besides this is a propane burning heater, which means it relies on our precious oxygen to work, so you never want to leave it on for too long in an enclosed space without some sort of ventilation. The Big Buddy works like a dream, aiding my family when the weather gets the best of us in the country. It’s our backup system for now, and it’s one that gives my wife and I a sense of safety and versatility. No more are the days when our lives are derailed by electrical outages, and no more are the days when we must venture out in the storms to find a place to stay warm. All because Big Buddy has our back.
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(Main photo by blmalaska via Flickr)