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Old 08-22-2018, 02:18 PM   #1
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Question safe, portable heater that people use for occasional use?

Hi all

Not able to spend the $ on a full build out interior.... looking to do a "basecamp" sort of build - basic electrical, battery, roof solar, wall insulation.

so no heater installed.

is there a safe, portable heater that people use for occasional use?

bonus points if it has a thermostat of sorts, so in very cold nights (goes below freezing) it could be set and forget 'till morning.

22' high roof 2019 or 2018 Transit likely.

thanks

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Old 08-22-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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Here is a pretty good post about them:
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...ons-18458.html
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:26 PM   #3
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Mr Buddy is a great piece of gear. Was a little weary until watching a rep go into detail about the safety features built into the heaters. Will heat up the van in no time.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:31 PM   #4
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I have a Heater Buddy but when they say 6000 feet they mean it. Check its altitude limits and if you frequent at or above that - check something else.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:53 PM   #5
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Invest in a CO monitor too...
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Old 08-23-2018, 01:23 AM   #6
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Olympic Wave 3 is what we used for many years. Works to 10,000 ft. Just make sure to keep the catalytic surface clean by making a dust free cover when not in use. Worked great.

But never used it overnight. Warm up for evening and in the morning. No way am I using a portable unit inside while sleeping. Warm up with the heater, turn it off and get in a zero degree sleeping bag. And I am not sure a CO sensor/alarm is going to save you with the Mr Buddy or Wave 3. If functioning correctly, they do not emit CO. What they will do is deplete the oxygen so all you have left is CO2 and lots of water vapor which condenses abs freezes. Look up how much water vapor propane creates when it burns. So, leave a window open enough which kind of defeats the idea of heating the interior.

If you want something to warm the bed, then a 12v electric heating pad is best other option. Just make sure you have good batteries.
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The Mr Buddy automatically shuts off when the oxygen level around the heater falls below a preset level. Has an extremely sensitive Oxygen Depletion Sensor. The company still recommends fresh air ventilation. Not sure if the Wave 3 has the same feature.
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I did the buddy heater for years and still own it But I got very tired of either being too hot or cold, tired of running out of propane in the middle of the night, tired of all the wasted space, tired of frequently having to buy more fuel.
So 3 years ago I bought and installed an Espar D4 and couldn't be happier. I set the desired temperature and literally forget about the heat until I go outside lol.
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:21 AM   #9
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I use a Little Buddy in my home but can be dangerous....my van is well insulated so I open a window or 2....warm it up, turn it OFF, detach the propane cannister and crawl into my sleeping bag....after t's camping and I don't need all the luxuries!
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that shudda been HOME BUILT
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