Mr. Heater F273400 Buddy Portable LP Gas Heater
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- Features include a tip that helps to switch over when it gets knocked over due to low oxygen sensor
- Runs up to 5 hours on a one pound cylinder
- Approved and factory tested with a one year warranty
- Use with 1- or 20-pound cylinders; optional hose assembly and fuel filter sold separately
- Never bring a 20-pound cylinder indoors; limited 1-year warranty
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What's in the Box
Heater (piezo igniter, igniter wire, ground wire, RH plastic cover, fuel control knob, rear cover, LH plastic cover, two base support tubes, guard wire, handle tube, burner-mount screw, regulator, owner's manual, control valve, pilot ODS/ tip-switch assembly, burner orifice, burner orifice o-ring, burner plenum, burner tile clip (2), burner tile gasket, burner tile, burner reflector, regulator hold-down)
Five Tips for Buying a Heater
Choosing a space heater is a matter of sifting through a bewildering array of types, power ratings, and fuel sources. Let's break it down a little to make the process easier.
What are the different types of space heaters?
- Radiant heaters emit infrared radiation that directly warms the objects in front of the heaters (rather than the surrounding air). If you only need heat by a desk or in a small section of a room, a radiant heater is quiet and will use very little power.
- Forced-air heaters use a fan to blow air that has been warmed by metal or ceramic heating elements. A forced-air heater is appropriate for quickly heating up a small- to medium-sized room, but can be noisy.
- Convection heaters draw cold air from the floor; the air is warmed by heating coils and emitted from the top of the heater. A convection heater is appropriate for quickly heating up a small- to medium-sized room, but also can be noisy.
- Radiators work by heating oil enclosed in a reservoir, gradually heating the surrounding air. If heating speed isn't an issue, you might want to opt for a radiator. These are extremely quiet and effective--perfect for bedrooms.
Should I buy an electric or a combustion model?
If you want a heater that will be available in emergencies, or that can heat areas larger than a single room, choose a "combustion" model--one that is powered by a gas or fuel like propane, kerosene, natural gas, or diesel. Which fuel type you choose depends largely on convenience and local availability. For example, diesel would be appropriate for a heater you take with you on long car trips.
How powerful a heater do I need?
Heaters are rated by BTU, which stands for British Thermal Unit (the amount of heat needed to heat one pound of water by 1 degree F). To find out how many BTU you need:
- Calculate the volume of the space to be heated by multiplying square footage by height.
- Multiply that number by 4 if your insulation is poor, 3 if it's average, or 2 if it's good.
Do space heaters cost a lot to operate?
As a general rule, electric space heaters are more expensive to use than combustion models. To ensure energy efficiency, a thermostat is a must-have feature for any heater. For radiant heaters, models with a 360 degree heating surface can heat larger spaces. If you need a forced-air heater, models with ceramic elements tend to be more efficient.
Are space heaters a fire hazard?
Space heaters are implicated in about 25,000 residential fires every year. To ensure proper safety, always follow the manufacturer's usage instructions and fill out the warranty card to receive informational updates from the manufacturer. Also, look for extra safety features such as an automatic shutoff switch that can shut down the unit if, for example, it gets upended. In addition, choose a model where the heating element is adequately enclosed within the unit.
Top Customer Reviews
If you have electricity, use an electric heater. Don't bother with the hassel of propane. The cost isn't too different and the hassel factor is much higher than electricity.
I also don't recommend using the small canisters. That's an inconvinient way to go as well.
BUT. If you don't have power and need a cheap, safe heat source that you can run while you sleep, this is the best one made. Buy the 12' hose, place a 20lb propane tank outside, and run this heater all night with just a small crack in a window or door (just in case!). You will get > 100 hours of heat out of a tank of propane! Less than a buck to run it all night.
Highly recommended under the right circumstances.
Also, even in very cold weather, I leave about 6" of window open to keep the condensation to a minimum.
True, normal combustion of propane, or any fuel, creates combustion byproducts that consist of carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. The danger is, in enclosed spaces such as cottages, tents, recreational vehicles and campers, any of these devices (whether they run on propane, naphtha, kerosene...) can also quickly produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide when starved of oxygen.
That's why this heater features a low oxygen shutoff system that automatically shuts the heater off if the amount of oxygen in the air gets too low. Still, you should always provide adequate ventilation when using in enclosed spaces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shuts off frequently. Pilot stayed on sometimes, sometimes not. Have to keep relighting. Even in oxygen rich environment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Used it for camping....worked great....used it with a 20 lb propane tank that was located outside of the horse trailer where I slept. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Barbara Chaisson
I got this about half the price here on amazon versus sporting good stores. When it arrived the starter was broken. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Keep my portable fish chanty very warm even in the high cold winds of winter> I also use it in a pit blind where the reflective heat is wonderful.Published on February 17, 2014 by R. Denley
This little heater puts out a lot of heat was pleasantly surprised just how much and fast it heats a small room,great heater when power goes out and safe with tilt over safety... Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Darrin L. Bates
I bought this for the cabin in my boat, I like the safety features for sure. It uses more propane than I thought it would though, It wouldn't make it through an entire night on... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by boyd
The salesman and I had to look at the manual and box for 10 minutes before determining that it did not include a hose.
Bought a hose ($25). Read more