Coleman 5053A751 ProCat Perfectemp Catalytic Propane Heater with Instastart Technology
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- Catalytic heater with platinum technology provides flameless warmth
- Cordless heater can be used in a garage, shop, house, tent, or ice shanty
- Pressure-regulated propane fuel system, designed with a fan for better heat circulation
- Operates up to eight hours on 16.4-ounce Coleman propane cylinder
- 3,000 BTU; designed for indoor use; limited lifetime warranty
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Constructed with 3,000 BTU output, the catalytic heater with platinum technology provides flameless heat from a pressure-regulated propane fuel system that produces a steady fuel stream, even in cold weather, at high altitudes, or when fuel is low. The starting mechanism is a fast-acting piezoelectric sparker that ignites the propane in the presence of atmospheric O2. Easy to operate, you simply screw a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder on the back, turn the knob to "on" for a few seconds, and hit the ignition switch. The portable heater moves the heat efficiently with a fan, powered by two D batteries (not included), for better circulation. The Coleman ProCat operates for up to eight hours on 16.4-ounce Coleman propane cylinder.
Limited lifetime warranty
The Coleman Company has been creating and innovating products for recreational outdoor use since W.C. Coleman started selling gasoline-powered lanterns in 1900. Inventor of the hugely popular fold-up camp stove, Coleman developed a plastic liner for his galvanized steel coolers in 1957--the birth of the modern cooler--and the company has been improving their utility and design ever since. The array of products that bear the Coleman name now includes just about everything you might need to work or play outdoors, from tents and sleeping bags to boats, backpacks, and furniture.
Top Customer Reviews
Reading the directions dismissed any apprehensions of opertion. And yes, as another reviewer commented... the unit does throw out a small fire ball when first lit. YIKES! However, should you read the instructions BEFORE USE... you are forewarned about this and the reader is instructed NOT to light the heater facing anyone/pets/tent or indoors because of this issue. Instructions are not placed with the item for looks you know, you have to read them! OK, it spits out a small fire ball at first. Big deal... nothing too intense that an average human can not adapt to.
As for the "hot oil smell," noted by another reviewer... yes, there is a "smell," that emits from the operating unit. How one describes that smell will vary. Each individual person's sensitivity to that smell will also vary. To me the "smell" was simply like sightly hot metal, as with any other heater, and faint enough that it did not bother me at all.Read more ›
Lights quickly with no matches, wide base is very stable, fan is quiet and really makes a difference in heating a larger area, no odor/fumes. unit is larger than it looks, standing about 15" tall...but it fits in an old bookbag size backpack for easy transport.
*update 9/04*** After reading a lot of hoo-ha about CO and heaters I tested this unit with my home CO detector. Running for an hour in my closed tent the heater never moved the detector above zero. I'm comfotable that at the, relatively, low reaction temps of the catlytic heater there's simply no CO generated. CO2 is another matter and ventilation is still critical!
BTW for the guy with a gripe about the can not lasting 8 hours the box states UP to 8 hours and actually it does last that long on a fresh can on the lowest possible heat setting
2 years ago I ran across this little heater and decided to give it a try to see if it would help keep me warmer. What a difference it made. I have a Coleman 8' X 8' dome tent that has the large screened sides that makes it difficult to seal and hold the heat in. I have to keep the rainfly collapsed at night to try to hold what heat I have in. Even so, I have found that if I run this heater for about an hour before I go to bed it will heat my tent to about 75-80 degrees. If I open my sleeping bag and point the heater at it with the fan going it will blow the hot air into the bag and make for a nice warm bed to climb into. They claim that you can run these all night with about a 4" opening to let the oxygen in but I usually shut it down when I go to bed. If during the night the temperatures drop to the uncomfortable point, it doesn't take much to reach over and fire it up again for a little while. When morning comes I fire it up again and when I get out of bed to get dressed it's nice and warm. Shucks, I don't have it this good at home.
The heater has a piezoelectric start which usually fires up right away. It puts out a fair sized fireball when it starts which can startle you if your are not ready for it. It takes about 3 minutes to warm up and really start radiating the heat but once it gets going it puts out quite a bit of heat. It is a flame less heat and although it will not catch anything on fire the heat is hot enough to melt synthetic items that get too close.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
easy to light, easy to care for. puts out good heat. Great product!Published 14 months ago by E. Bourgeois
best heater ever .for camping I used it in my van ..and use it in emergency in house safe , has D batteries for fan , lights fast and no lighting , it is in it ...Published 18 months ago by Carolyn Cram
Best heater I've found. Too bad can't find it anywhere. Own 3 of them really keep you warm and very quiet easy operationPublished 19 months ago by Y. Miller
This heater works fairly well but you have to be very careful with it, as the grille and bezel become EXTREMELY hot during use. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PrOphET
We have used this heater reliably in our houses for 8 years. We bought it at a military exchange in Germany to see what it did to our energy bill in that economy. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Sean P. White
I initially bought this for my boat but never used it onboard. I actually got my use out of it during two power outages, one of 5 days and the last one of 9 days. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Gary
I tried many different portable indoor heaters. This one is the best, hands down. The fan makes the difference. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Janet Haskell
We used this heater in cold camping conditions - windy, rainy, cold weather. We were able to sleep in t-shirts and sheets! Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by mcdesign