The Portable Buddy indoor safe propane heater is an 8 lbs. portable heater that is easy to haul and use when traveling abroad. Simply hookup a small cylinder of propane, found just about any grocery, hardware store, or superstore, and attach it to its swivel-out fuel connection. A singe cylinder can last you up to three hours on the high setting, and up to six hours on low heat. There are four positions to control and it has it’s own built-in piezo igniter. The main heating element is a ceramic burner tile mounted with shock absorbing insulation, which is perfect for folks like me who tend to rough it a bit. Additional safety features include tip-over safety shut-off and low-oxygen safety shut off, so if you truly do get covered in snow overnight, the heater won’t suffocate you.
The larger buddy is known as the BIG Buddy heater, which uses two propane cylinders, and can last you anywhere from three to twelve hours, depending on how intense your heat setting is set at. You can also hook up a large tank with a hose: one 20 lbs. cylinder can last from 25-110 hours, and two (since there are two hookups, one on each side) can last 50-220 hours. The difference in the BIG Buddy and the Portable Buddy is more than sheer size, though it sits at 16.9 lbs with a heating surface that is more than double. The BIG Buddy has a blower fan that operates on 4-D cell batteries or with an a/c adapter. This big boy heats up to 400 square feet efficiently, so it’s likely a little too big for most tent campers, but may be ideal for large RVs and indoor areas such as workshops, garages, barns, cabins, sporting events and livestock trailers.
I found the Portable Buddy to be the perfect little heater for my camping lifestyle, as it’s not too big or heavy, unless I’m strictly backpacking, and it’s super easy to use. Originally, beforehand, I was a little worried about a melting tent, or suffocating inside while leaving one running as I slept, but since testing it and learning more about it, I feel comfortable doing so. If you are into glamping (also known as glamorous camping), then this is the heater for you. I have a large 8x8 tent that I prefer using it with, rather than my small one-to-two person tents. The larger heater, the BIG Buddy, is a really cool blown up version of the Portable, but what sets it apart is how powerful it is for being on propane. I like both and use both, but would suggest the Portable for tenters and the larger for buildings and homes, rather than for camping.
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Note: Use in all situations at your own risk. Heaters can cause fire, and I can not guarantee safety or survival. This is strictly an informational article and should not be used as actual advice.
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Article written by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen – Product images © Mr. Heater.