Reddit reviews Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor Safe Propane Heater, Medium
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Indoor-safe portable propane heater for rooms up to 95 square feet. THIS UNIT IS NOT INTENDED FOR GOLF CART USE OR FOR MOTORIZED VEHICLES.Continuous odor-free, 45-degree heating angle. Maximum Elevation (Ft) 7000 Feet. Automatic low oxygen shut-off system (ODS). Perfect solution for heating small enclosed spaces like tents up to 95 square feetSimple on/off buttons; uses 1-pound disposable propane cylinder (not included). Run time at minimum btu and maximum btu is 5.6 hours. Do not operate heater in any moving vehicle. This heater requires a vent area of 4 square inches minimum for adequate ventilation during operationLow-oxygen sensor and accidental tip-over switch with auto shut-off for safety.THE USE OF UN-AUTHORIZED ACCESSORIES/ATTACHMENTS WITH THIS HEATER ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED, MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY, AND WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.Recommended for emergency heat, tents, campers, workshops, job sites, porches, patios, decks, garages, storage buildings, picnics, tailgate parties, construction trailers, sporting events, barns, sheds, hunting blinds, shelters and ice fishing shanties
Mr Heater Little Buddy!
It's designed pretty much exactly for this it has built in oxygen detectors and will auto shut off before it gets dangerous.
However if you decide to NOT use a heater you end up in a -20 sleeping bag shivering yourself to sleep while cuddling a friend for warmth, which is far less safe because you might get tauntauned for warmth.
Also if your a mom, you might not want to ask too many questions, especially things like, "where are your eyebrows" or "why do you have duct tape wrapped around your arm?"
If you sleep in your car with the windows rolled up, it will suck. You will feel clammy from the humidity and will definitely have frozen windows on the inside when you wake up.
If I were you, I would keep the windows slightly cracked and use a small propane heater in the vehicle. This sounds crazy but Mr. Heater makes some propane heater models that are indoor safe. These units auto shut off if they are tipped over or if the room oxygen level becomes too low. As long as you keep fabric away from the heat output, you should be fine.
Also, you might consider getting some plastic window deflectors for your car windows so that snow doesn't blow into the vehicle when the window is cracked.
Sleep with pajamas, socks, and a beanie on and bring a thermos filled with hot tea. You'll appreciate it as you're laying down for bed. :)
I totally get how dangerous it is. My position is that, living in a big city, we sometimes forget that this is Canada: no heat means death. We had no heat one year during a three or four day power outage; most of our neighbours had to go to a community center. I don't like to rely on others when there are cheap, reliable alternatives. It's not nice, but it is possible to heat a room with beeswax candles and a home built clay pot heater, or alcohol gel.
Here's an example of one of the smallest catalytic heaters i've seen:
I've used a coleman black cat I found for under $100 (there was one listed on amazon for $500 which is stupid)
If it's -25 out, you'll still need a sleeping bag or a sweater or a jacket but it will heat a room enough to keep you from freezing.
You are better off focusing on bundling up and getting a nice sleeping bag.
You can go with a Mr Heater Little Buddy, but you have to accept the risk of possibly dying. The propane heaters also give off a ton of moisture so you're going to wake up to a rain forest in your car.
If you want to go upscale you can get a Webasto parking heater. Popular in places where you want to pre-heat your car before you get in. Expensive.
The smallest little buddy heater would probably be sufficient:
I personally thought this one linked was overkill. I purchased the mr buddy mini, had a 100 sq ft coverage area.
And the reviews say they are very tip-able, but I thought that was way off base. I think they are pretty sturdy.
We haven't experienced "storm" wind with it, but that Utah trip was kinda windy at night one of the nights, so we strung up the guy lines and that kept it very sturdy. I will also note that the "front porch" windows of the tent don't "zipper-seal" along the top. Those windows zip-up on the sides, then have a little fastener to keep the flap closed at the top (maybe you can see this in my pic above, of the inside of the tent.) This tent is far from air-tight, but it's not a bad thing since we use one of these occasionally.
Maybe a Mr. Heater Little Buddy. They run off those small propane tanks.
Buy a DC powered mini fridge. Running an AC mini fridge takes more power and there is power loss by going through the inverter. A DC powered fridge can run as low as 30-40W. One like this.
If you drive enough (every day, an hour plus) an isolator to charge your battery will most likely be enough.
Since you are only planning on doing this for a short while, you don't need the nicest batteries. Costco has 160Ah deep-cycle lead acid batteries for less than $100. I'd reccomend one of those, maybe two. Remember, you can only discharge your batteries about 50%, so a 160Ah battery actually only gives you 80Ah of capacity. Also, the battery takes longer to charge the more charge it currently has, so the last 5-10% to top it off takes longer than the previous 5-10% etc.
I wouldn't use an electric heater, they are very inefficient. Without a more robust power/battery/charging solution you won't get much use out of it. Consider a propane heater and adequete ventilation. Something like this will provide more than enough heat for a space as small as an F150 bed.
For charging your laptop/phone/devices, you'll only need a small inverter. Remember that with a DC fridge you won't be running it off the inverter. I reccomend getting one 400W or smaller. The higher the Wattage on your inverter, the more power it wastes just by being on, so you want the smallest possible inverter for your needs.
F150's have pretty large engine bays. You may even be able to get away with putting your deep-cycle storage battery under the hood instead of using up space in your bed/living area for it.
I'd highly reccomend getting a small power bank to charge your phone and other small devices. You can plug the power bank into any wall outlet to charge it while you're at work, at a coffee shop, whatever. I have one that is 22,000mAh and I charge it while at work. With a full charge it will re-charge my phone enough times for me to use the phone 2-3 days without worry. With a 5 hour charge (a shift at work) it will charge my phone 1.5-2ish times. This reduces your reliance on your onboard electrical system in your truck, leaving more battery capacity reserved for running your fridge.
Also get LED some lights that run off DC power. It's a waste of energy to run lights off AC through your inverter.
Lastly, do a little math. Let's say you end up with a fridge that runs at 40W. 40W % 12V = 3.33A x 24hrs = 80Ah. Assuming you're running the fridge 24 hours a day you'd be using the full discharge capacity of your 160Ah battery every day, and that's without taking loss into account. I'm pretty sure those fridges will cycle on/off so it doesn't actually draw a full 40W at all times, but keep these things in mind. Make a plan based on how often you will drive, how fast your alternator charges your battery, and how often you plan on keeping the fridge on. I think you'd be crazy to use a standard mini fridge that draws 156W and runs of AC power.
Good luck have fun!
Right? It sounds like a really bad idea to have a propane heater in a tent but you’d be surprised how many websites recommend it. This amazon one has a lot of recommendations but I’d be way too scared to try that.
Aha! I found the source of global warming!
No problem. If that one is too big, I recommend the Little Buddy. Same manufacturer, just in a small package.
This one? I can't figure out if it goes lower than my current one's lowest setting
They make a smaller one but it's still kinda chunky.
Perhaps something like this?
Its advertised as emitting CO2 and has an auto shutoff sensor for if/wehn it is tipped over or detects high levels of CO2
Not to mention everything smelling like smoke. Just got back from camping and now I get to do a bunch of laundry, Good Times.
Its 60 bucks + propane but I'm looking at this little indoor heater https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F215100-3800-BTU-Propane/dp/B001CFRF7I/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=little+buddy&amp;qid=1573736689&amp;sr=8-3
have you ever used those tent warmers? e.g. something like this?
This is probably out of your price range - http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F215100-3800-BTU-Indoor-Safe/dp/B001CFRF7I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1416249690&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=indoor+heater+propane - ($70.57) but I have one of these and have used it for several power outages during the winter. Its safe to use inside for some scientific reason. The material that heats up looks like a super porous lava rock, how that makes it safe indoors is beyond me, but I'm not dead yet, so it must be working. It puts out quite a bit of heat, and in your car you wouldn't need to run it too long I imagine.
(Links are not an endorsement, they provide a photo and may help you find the product locally. Some little bitch on this sub had a meltdown over that because she wanted to fix the issue today, and wanted to know what to buy locally. Apparently showing her a picture of what the product looked like so she could pick it up at the local bigbox hardware store is a crime against humanity.)
Q:How does one hook up a 20# just for use on a 2 burner Coleman stove?
If you only use the propane for your stove and have a home base, you can get buy with a much smaller, approved refillable tank. photo The problem with full-timing with this is you can't use the propane exchange cages located at nearly every gas station, walmart, and hardware store. You must get it refilled in person or refill it yourself. (You will also go through the tiny tank quickly if you're heating your van)
I have a home base, and my current setup is a tiny space. I use refilled disposable bottled propane for the stove and space heating. I keep the bulk tank at home. The heater is no longer sold but it's equivalent to the smallest buddy heater. photo I run it for 10 minutes before going to sleep or getting out of the sleeping bag, and for this use it's all I need. But then again I'm not trying to live like this full time.
Q: Can you hook up a hot water heater to the 20# and not have to use electric?
Maybe? I boil water in a pot and use an adapted weed sprayer to shower with. But I'm not full time.
It seems hugely inconvenient to carry around a big propane canister just to lug it outside for my stove every morning, but the cost may be worth it, then?
Yep. I cook on the tailgate when the weather is good. Like I said I refill the disposables before the trip and save a $1.50 each time. Might not be worth it to you.
*I would never fill something like that on my own. Not gonna fuk with propane and blow myself up.**
It requires some care, but it's easy. You just weigh the bottle when empty and write the weight of the tank itself on it with a black magic marker. When the tank is full, just make sure the total weight, minus the tare is less than 1 pound (or less than 12 ounces on some disposable cylinders.) They're actually hard to overfill but you need an adapter and a kitchen scale.
pop up ice fishing shanty:
there are lots of similar models, search for 'hub' or 'pop up' ice shanty
plus a mr. heater little buddy:
If I get to the point where I get cold under my quilt I'm gonna get one of these.
one of these will keep you warm and keep the condensation off the windows