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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:31 pm    Post subject: Mr Heater Tough Buddy @ Lowes' Reply with quote

Any body living in a northern climate maybe should check out Lowes' 50% off their Mr Heater Tough Buddy. I was able to buy one today in Portland Maine for $41. Pretty good price to stay warm for awhile anyway!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every year about this time, they go on major sale. If we went back and searched, we would find last year's thread on this same topic!!
I picked up one last year.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang, I just posted mine on craigslist for $60. I guess I'll just keep it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does it work good inside a van. How long does a propane tank last.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Great info...thanks Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Timwhy, I'll run out and get mine tonight!

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p.s. you gotta do something about that avatar...it's just not right (especially in Maine Razz ).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got mine based on recommendations on Samba- it works great to take the chill off in the van but eats up the little propane canisters pretty quickly. I think the Tough buddy is the size of the Big buddy? i.e. pretty big for the van- I find the little one is fine.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Billybobrudebaga....thanks but I'll be keeping the avatar!! It keeps me warm at night too.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grandpa used a regular Mr. Buddy Heater in his 32 Foot Motorhome and it took the chill off and made it comfortable when we'd go to Bluegrass festivals in upstate NY. Hell it would get down below 32 at night in the begining of September. They work great. Since he sold the Motor home he uses his Mr. Buddy in his kitchen to warm t up on really cold mornings.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool...I understand.
Is your westy red(ish) ?
Someone around town has a really nice red westy...I think it may be a syncro too..

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Royb wrote:
it works great to take the chill off in the van but eats up the little propane canisters pretty quickly.

The hose kit allows you to hook it up to a 17lb tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if it's related, but I tried a Coleman ProCat catalytic heater in the van and it set off my carbon monoxide detector after an hour. Yikes!

I think the CO detector was $20, they have them at Lowe's too. I think having one of those would be smart with any kind of propane heater in the van.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The box says that it has a low oxygen shut off system as well as a tip over safety shut off. The one thing that the box also states is that you should not be using this and sleeping in the same area at the same time? I don't know if that puts doubt in anybodys' mind, but we use vent free propane heaters in our home and we sleep in ajoining rooms while they are lit and have never had any problems.

And Bill my Westy is White. It really could use some vertical pinstripes and a fine interlocking NY on it, but that will have to wait.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alright. I have been putting off buying one of these for awhile since they say dont use over 7k feet elevation... But it has been damn cold the last few nights I have slept in the van. I have a weekender and am wondering where you guys put the heater if you dont have the sink/stove area to set it on top of??? Any ideas? Also has anyone used one of these at around 9k feet or so?
I do lots of ski touring and use the van to camp in during some excursions, so I need something that works well even at high altitudes...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've used ours in Telluride which is at 9,000 ft. It goes out occasionally but works pretty well.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It won't burn as clean at higher altitudes. At least get a good CO detector if you plan on sleeping with one of these lit. You don't want to wake up dead. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FNGRUVN wrote:
It won't burn as clean at higher altitudes. At least get a good CO detector if you plan on sleeping with one of these lit. You don't want to wake up dead. Wink


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may seem a little obvious, but you can always keep a window (vents or a front window) cracked a little bit (2-4"). It's not like the Vanagon is designed to keep that heat IN (hence the lack of insulation).
It can't be that much colder if you leave the window cracked a little bit just to make sure you don't "wake up dead".
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were winter camping at Manning Prov. Park in Canada a couple of years ago. Very cold night, pop top frozen shut so the wife & daughter were cutting cards to see who had to sleep across the front seats (hey I'm 6'5" no way I can fit). Anyway the point of the story.

Our Coleman Cat heater, lantern and the stove burners were keeping the van fairly warm when we noticed the stove flames were yellow. "Look at that," I said, "it's so cold even the stove is having trouble burning!" I then slide open the door to take a final pee before turning in. Lo and behold the lantern blazed a bright light & the stove flames perked right up along with the heater output. Dooh! Can you say oxygen deprivation?

Now to my defense we never sleep with the heaters running. But with the lid closed we were on our way to CO land. Needless to say my wife & kid still give me crap about that. Moral of the story: Stay in a hotel in winter time.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you were using the stove for heat, too?

That does seem pretty dangerous!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

markmc90 wrote:
does it work good inside a van.


My friend has/had one, it leaked propane internally, but only intermittently so it wasn't guaranteed to blow your van up Shocked

I was the first to find it wasn't working right Shocked Shocked

I'm sure failures are pretty rare, but those things are asking for trouble, I'll get an espar and never have to worry about risk of explosion.
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