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Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black
4,000- to 9,000-BTU radiant heater for spaces up to 225 square feet. Approved for indoor/outdoor use; clean-burning; nearly 100-percent efficientWhen operating the heater at altitudes over 7,000 FT above sea level the heater may shut off.Auto shut-off if tipped over, if pilot light goes out, or if detects low oxygen levels. Fuel Consumption/Burn Rate (Gal/Hr) at 4000 BTU = 0.044 Gal/Hr, at 9000 BTU = 0.099 Gal/HrFold-down handle; swivel-out regulator; connects to propane tank (not included); Run Time (Hrs at Max BTU): 3 HoursTHE USE OF UN-AUTHORIZED ACCESSORIES/ATTACHMENTS WITH THIS HEATER ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED, MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY, AND WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.
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55 Reddit comments about Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater, Red-Black:

u/RiverVan · 8 pointsr/vandwellers

Many vandwellers use the Portable Mr. Buddy heater:

  • Approved for indoor/outdoor use; clean-burning; nearly 100-percent efficient

  • Auto shut-off if tipped over, if pilot light goes out, or if detects low oxygen levels

    https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

    (Also available at Walmart stores and Cabela's)

    It's a good idea to have a carbon monoxide (don't confuse this with dioxide) detector in your van and to leave your windows open a bit when the heater is being used.

u/feistypenguin · 7 pointsr/preppers

I would recommend saving up $50, and buying a
Portable Buddy heater when it goes on sale. They are made for indoor use, and have safety shutoffs for low volume or getting knocked over. For another $10, you can buy an adapter hose that lets it use the 20lb "grill" propane tanks.

The 1lb "camping" bottles will last 3-5 hours, and the 20lb tanks will last several days straight (or a week, if you only use the heat a few hours per day).

u/DrTom · 7 pointsr/vandwellers

You want a Mr Heater Buddy, man. Easy to use, safe, cheap to run, and it will keep you warm in a space much bigger than a van. Highly recommended.

EDIT: for safety, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector.

u/Teerlys · 6 pointsr/preppers

/u/SpartanUp247 , I'm breaking this up so it's not a mega post.

Insofar as other as other supplies go... well, I could write on that for way longer than I'm going to tonight. I'll try to give a short essential list though.

  • Flashlights and ample batteries. Preferably including some headlamps and lantern style lights. Candles as well.

  • An emergency radio, preferably with a hand crank + solar rechargeable battery.

  • Some FRS radio's in the event that cell phones die or coverage is sparse.

  • Propane tanks and the ability to use them for cooking. Usually that will mean a portable burner and high pressure hose. There are other cooking options out there as well, such as Sterno, so grab whatever your situation/funding allows for.

  • Appropriate weather gear. That means cold weather sleeping bags for winter and methods to cope with heat like an Arctic Tie. Maybe a propane heater as well.

  • Don't forget sanitation. A 5 gallon toilet bucket is a good investment. Then stock up on thick garbage bags, baking soda/cat litter, and a mega sized bottle of hand sanitizer.

  • Make sure you have the basics of first aid supplies covered. Enough stuff to treat and wrap wounds, protect blisters, protect from the sun, things like that.

  • Have whatever tools you think you might need for whatever you're prepping for. Things like a wrench to turn off the gas in your house that lives near the gas meter. For people in hurricane areas, an axe to chop through a roof to evade rising waters. Definitely multiple fire extinguishers/fire blankets. Things of that nature.

  • And of course, a gun and training on how to use it is always a smart call.

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    Bug out bags are cool and a good idea/place to get started, but realistically if you are forced to sincerely grab that bag and run out of the door with nothing else because things are just that screwed, you are likely pretty hosed. Chances are you'll have time to pack the car in most situations, so the best way to go is to plan on bugging in first and foremost. No point in turning yourself into a refugee if you don't need to. If you're still wanting to start with a bugout bag... see the next post for my recommendation for a cheap startup kit.
u/ultradip · 5 pointsr/Assistance

RV floors are uninsulated. That's one of the reasons why they get so cold.

Anyway, how's the electrical system in the RV? An electric blanket draws a lot of power. If the electrical system isn't in good shape, and he doesn't drive the RV around much to charge the batteries, then the electric blanket would be much less useful.

How big is the RV? Because there are some indoor-safe propane heaters that would work better, such as this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

u/shadowbanningsucks · 5 pointsr/preppers

The Mr. Heater indoor propane heaters look pretty handy.

u/ripsfo · 4 pointsr/daddit

I took my youngest at 6mos and it was no trouble at all. Though at that age, we did bring a packnplay, and you'll want to make sure you're warm enough at night. She had the full puffy pjs and was in the double sleeping bag with my wife and I. If it's going to be really cold, you could get one of these heaters.

If anything, the biggest challenge camping with kids is naps, because it can be tough to get it dark enough unless you have an RV. Generally it seems like they got no nap on the arrival day, then they play really hard the next day and either crash around nap time, or typically a bit before their regular bed time. After that, it's pretty up in the air, but I find it all works out.

Our most recent camping trip had like 9 kids, half of which were under 1. It was so great seeing the 3-4 year olds running around and getting dirty. They loved it.

u/SeveredKibbles · 4 pointsr/TinyHouses

>What's the climate like at the college you have planned?

UW Madison, so hella cold. I'm going to get a cargo van (no windows in the rear to let out heat) and insulate the tar out of it with rockwool. I'll also have a [indoors-safe propane heater] (http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422033045&sr=8-1&keywords=buddy+heater) as well as a low power electric heater that will be powered by a battery banked charged by my alternator.

>You might want to consider a community college or somewhere where your living arrangements won't be under scrutiny.

I plan on getting a degree in biology and then go on to vet school, so I'm pretty set with going to Madison.

>some colleges don't 'allow' you to live anywhere but the dorms..... Or a C class RV.

That's why I plan on getting a small cargo van (an AWD Astro to be specific). I can rig it up to be comfy and warm with almost no sign of me being in it. Ill have a metal bulkhead that blocks the front seats from the back, which doesnt look out of place in a cargo van, and the only exterior mod I'd make is a sunroof, which most people couldn't see anyways since the van is over 6ft tall (I'd do this for ventilation and light).

>You'll probably only be there to sleep and relax

Thats the plan, I hope to be either at libraries or at the gym for a good chunk of the day.

u/SpartanMonkey · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

I've got one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002G51BZU/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1421301484&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40
2 one pound propane canisters from Walmart (USD 5.77) lasts me 11 hours on low, which is more than enough to keep the van toasty as low as 15 degrees so far.

u/DazarGaidin · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

Mr heater buddy propane heater, crack an exterior window, buy a co detector.

u/Kriscolvin55 · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

I can't imagine an oil lamp being safer than propane, not to mention the minimal heat. Oh yeah, and they don't burn as well, so you'll be breathing in a lot nastier air.

Honestly your best solution is a Mr. Heater. It's what I use in my van. It's super efficient, and super warm. No power necessary, just propane. You can use those little green 1 pound propane tanks, or hook it up to a 20 pound tank (that's what I do).

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

u/Batteries4Breakfast · 3 pointsr/TinyHouses

/r/vandwellers love mr buddy propane heaters

u/fidelitypdx · 3 pointsr/Portland
u/benlucky13 · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

depends on the model, but the 'cozy cabin' heater by dickinson marine uses a small pilot light that has trouble staying lit at altitude. others have a low-oxygen shut-off feature that can be tripped by thinner air. the mr. buddy heater in particular only works up to about 7,000 ft

I mention the cozy cabin because I spoke with dickinson about that model specifically in the past, I assume (but don't know) that their other heaters operate similarly.

their response to whether it works at altitude is:

"Unfortunately the cozy cabin will not perform well at altitude. It has a small orifice in the pilot light assembly that can not be altered and the unit rely's on the pilot light to keep the thermocouple active so when you try and use it at altitudes the pilot light become erratic and will not keep the thermocouple engaged and the heater will not stay lit."

they never gave a specific maximum altitude, but my original question to them asked about 10,000ft or more.

my suggestion is to first, get a natural gas detector if you don't already have one in the van. second, test it out at incrementally higher altitudes, only while you are awake. after a couple nights of no issues then if you feel safe use it while you sleep.

u/antibubbles · 3 pointsr/vagabond

fix the transmission.
also i go for higher mpg minivans with all/most of the back seats removed. and ultra-tinting windows exactly up to the legal limit.
but... well any kind of freezing temperature is nuts. And michigan gets really really really cold.
I saw video of a guy doing it with like 6 layers of thermal underwear all sewn together at the ends.
Maybe insulate the walls of whatever you're gonna live in? depends on funds. You could staple-gun some insulation or even cardboard and thermal blanket layers to the wall of the truck.
I used to winter camp (in michigan) and we'd use a catalytic propane heater (similar to this) and insulate the tent with a bunch of moving blankets and emergency blankets layers up.


u/Wearsglasses · 3 pointsr/GoRVing

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nvL-zbF85BZ12

For when/ if electricity fails you. Whether it's a problem with your internal wiring, or an external lack of power. I keep this inside my rig all winter incase of emergency. One of those green propane bottles last 4-5 hours, so keep a couple bottles inside. It's safe to run in the trailer.

I bought my rig last November and went straight to Denver for all of December and January. I stayed totally dry for most of that until I got a heated hose and figured out a couple more tricks.

Keep a clean 5 gallon bucket inside, sometimes motivation or the time isn't there to make it to the gym for a shower. You can boil a kettle of water and use it to wash up.

You can also buy a hand pump for those primo water jugs which are quick, easy, and cheap to fill. Those make it easy to keep water in the place.

You can either wash dishes in a bucket and dump it outside, or you'll need to figure out grey water from the sink. It shouldn't be a problem to run a line out and dump it on the ground, you'd just want to watch the line to make sure you don't get an ice block in there.

If the outhouse gets old, you can look into a composting toilet if you have somewhere to keep it. Or a toilet with a "cassette" which you can dump in the outhouse when it's not -10 out.

Sometimes it's nice to have an option for anything you might need inside the trailer to get though cold days and nights.

u/Ten-K_Ultra · 3 pointsr/preppers

Good point, I misread your post. However, you can build a wood stove very inexpensively using a 55 gallon drum (strip the paint and use BBQ paint on it) and one of these kits

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IO6RAA/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I also recommend doing some research on how these stoves work. A stove like this isn't technically meant for residential use, but if it's for emergencies you can make it work.

Just don't keep it inside normally because if you do have a house fire, your insurance will try to blame it on the stove even if you didn't use it.

A more expensive option is something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mr+buddy&qid=1566929981&s=gateway&sr=8-1

You'd have to stockpile propane throughout the year

u/TheFlyingDharma · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

Air out as normal and run the heater for a minute?

u/jasonsowder · 2 pointsr/RVLiving

These work well especially when boondocking (and a great backup when no 120v is available)

u/_p00f_ · 2 pointsr/Cartalk

Why not just get one of those little Mr. Heaters? It'd be a hell of allot cheaper than 2 marine batteries and wouldn't require all the backend stuff to make it work.

u/gl21133 · 2 pointsr/camping

https://smile.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482855391&sr=8-1&keywords=mr+heater+buddy

I have that one, rarely used but it's rated as indoor safe. YMMV, I expect a comment shortly stating I'm on borrowed time. If you have an electrical hookup just get a ceramic heater.

u/rebeccasf · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

I have a Mr. Heater Buddy heater. I use it in my tiny camper and it heats the place up in 10 - 15 minutes. I have to turn it on and off again to keep from turning my place into a sauna. Typically, I'll run it for 10 minutes and off for 20. So I run it three or four times before I go to bed and then turn it on when I get up in the morning to take the chill off. Now that it's winter, I go through a bottle of propane about once a week.

I also have a carbon monoxide detector in my camper. In all the time I've used the heater, the only time it registered on my detector, was at the end of a bottle when it was not burning completely for a few minutes. My CM detector registered 31 but never went off. I opened the top vent and it went back to 0 in two or three minutes. The heater is frikin' fantastic. I consider it very safe and am not worried at all about oxygen depletion.

u/ElectricNed · 2 pointsr/electricvehicles

I have been batting around the idea of building an EV myself for a long time. I have a DIY electric motorcycle which is a fun project and gets commuting use occasionally but is mostly for fun. The way things are now, though, I really doubt I would build my own EV for any reason other than fun. There are so many cheap, cheap used EVs on that market that just work without all the headaches of a DIY project (believe me- they will ALWAYS have headaches- you will never, ever have 100% reliability with a DIY EV). Used, degraded-battery Leaves or i-MIEVs would meet your needs and are available for less than $8000 in many places. There would be no AWD/4x4, but I suspect that either of those cars with good snow tires would perform well in the snow if the roads aren't covered with all 18 inches.


Would modifying an EV scratch your DIY itch? Perhaps adding some heating capacity to a Leaf or i-MIEV. I have thought it'd be a good project to add a propane heater to an EV, like this one, which I own. It provides instant heat, does not produce carbon monoxide, and is safe to use indoors. The tip sensor would be the one tricky bit- it shuts off if tipped even slightly and going around a corner or accelerating/decelerating could do it. I wouldn't prefer a diesel heater because of the smell and fumes, personally, whereas the propane one is odorless. I have the hose to hook mine up to a 20lb barbecue tank for use in the house during power outages. The other problem would be moisture buildup- the propane gets turned into CO2 and water- and that water will want to turn into condensation in your windows. Still worth trying, I think. Maybe I'll try it in my Prius sometime.


If you REALLY want to build your own snow-monster EV, I would start with whatever gas vehicle would be your choice for the conditions. Since your range requirements are so low, choosing a light, aerodynamic vehicle isn't as important. Don't go for a land-barge though- maybe an older Jeep Cherokee (XJ) in good condition, or a compact truck with 4x4. Compact pickups have been popular for EV conversions because of the easy mounting for the batteries. I'd be partial to an older vehicle with fewer computers, and probably 4x4 with a manual transfer case rather than anything AWD since I suspect that'd be more complicated. Again, I would caution you that unless you are extremely technically savvy, building your own EV is going to be a challenge of finding and fixing all the little problems that will, in all likelihood, take years to sort out and be a constant time-drain. I won't say it's impossible, but do want to advise you about the kind of commitment you'd be making for building and debugging.

Edit: Which Jeep

u/RugerRedhawk · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The dorm should have plenty of backup power solutions to provide power during an outage right? If you insist though this is what I would buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478532852&sr=8-1&keywords=buddy+heater

u/NugginLastsForever · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

I have something like this heater for camping when it gets cold. Also got an adapter to refill the little tanks from a big one. Seems to work well and fairly cost efficient.

u/responded · 2 pointsr/woodworking

Regarding garage heating, I use this indoor propane heater in conjunction with this 240 V heater.

I run them both when it's really cold (0 deg F), or when I first get out in the garage. If it's warmer outside (down to ~30 deg F) or the garage is up to temp, I just run the electric one to avoid the hassle of having to get tank refills. The total cost is less than $300, including a new propane tank and wiring in the 240 V outlet, and works well for me.

u/baconatedbacon · 2 pointsr/preppers

I have used the kerosene heater. They put out quite a bit of heat. Another option is the Mr. Heater propane powered version, such as https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=pd_lpo_201_bs_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=7BW0P4QYEMBXB8MS7WVD

Safety around kids is another matter all together. Even wood stoves, space heaters, and radiators aren't safe around them due to the burn hazard. All I can say is that most kerosene heaters and Mr. Heater propane heaters have tip sensors that will shut them off if knocked over. The burn hazard will exist for almost any heat source.

u/xtremeadvanture · 1 pointr/vandwellers

we use a https://amzn.to/2pO7jOu when needed. we usually crank it up around dinner time when were done running around get it to a warm temperature and shut it off before bed. Durning the night we just use a good sleeping bag or many confuters. Never had any problems yet. It has gotten down to 17 inside the van, to the point where we've had an icicle coming out of our manual pump faucet. Crank up the heater in the morning, get back in bed for 10 minutes so the van get to a manageable temp then start breakfast. Also a tip we've learned.
10 minutes or so before arriving where we will park for the night we crank the heater of the van on full blast pushing all the hot air into the rear compartment of the van. Usually works great for us. sometimes it even eliminates the need for the mr buddy.

u/spcslacker · 1 pointr/solar

you buy one built for it on amazon, Mr. be incredibly polite to people answering your questions on reddit.

u/Minivan2016 · 1 pointr/vandwellers

It doesn't snow here in L.A. so I don't worry about heating, but I have herd from a lot of people here that this is the perfect thing to own if it snows where you are, or if it is too cold. http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU I'd suggest you give it a try for the winter. It has really good rating here and in amazon, so it likely is very good. It has a built in detector for oxygen levels, but you should also pick up a Co2 sensor. I got one. Go check out the ford transit connect with the EcoBoost engine. It is smaller than the express, but has better millage. If you want MPG go for the Transit Connect, but if you want space then Try out the Chevrolet Express, or if you have the money pick up the Long Wheel Base Ram Pro master. It is half a foot longer than the Long Wheel Base Chevrolet Express. Anything longer than that is a Mini-Bus and those won't give you great MPG. Longest vans are the Long Wheel Base Chevrolet Express and the Long Wheel Base Ram ProMaster. The ProMaster being Half a foot longer than the Express. It'll be expensive to own an RV+Car. If you use the shower/toilet you will also have to go to a dump station every so often and refill the water tank. These are just things you will have to do on top of everything else. I don't recommend dumping the water on the street since it gives a bad image. If you do get an RV though I suggest you get like a Geo metro, something that gives you a lot of MPG because you will be returning to the same location everyday. I guess it would depend on how mobile you want to be. For me I travel about 10-15 miles mon - sat then do about 20 - 25 on sunday. Not much, but it is better to stay at the place you are going to than having to return to your RV on a daily basis. It just doubles the drive. that also cuts down on the MPG of the car you use since you have to drive around more. Then there are the other expenses I mentioned. If the RV has the fridge, stove, toilet, heater, ac, pump, and electricity working then it could be worth it. but you have to make sure they work. It would be like returning to a regular house. Other wise it would be like going back to a large boxy van.

u/aColdHeartedBitch · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

THIS is what we use. But we still use a sleeping bag. heats it up enough to where you can put on your pj's though.

u/Bouncer827 · 1 pointr/vandwellers
u/eZGjBw1Z · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

You could use an indoor-safe propane heater.

For example, Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater for $70 on Amazon.com would heat rooms up to 225 sq ft.

At full blast it uses 0.099 gal/hr so a typical 20 lb (4.7 galllon) tank used for most gas grills should last for almost two days of continuous use. A separate hose and/or filter may need to be purchased to use the heater with a tank larger than 1 lb. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dmLLngjb3s

u/Meth0dd · 1 pointr/Wrangler

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

Run that for a little bit, turn off and go to sleep. Wake up cold, run it again till its hot in there, turn off and go to sleep. Rinse and repeat as needed.

u/JoeIsHereBSU · 1 pointr/preppers

There are actual indoor safe versions at least according to packaging since it has a oxygen safety in it. I think this guy was thinking of the less expensive ones without a safety.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_AVS1DbB2XX224

u/stinkypuggy · 1 pointr/vandwellers

Try a Heater Buddy.

Used one September through near the end of November while traveling through colder areas in Montana & Wyoming. Lifesaver.

Only downsides are the little tanks only last 6 hours so you have to wake up and re-light. Bigger tanks are an option though.

Might be wise to buy a carbon monoxide detector just incase. It says you can use it indoors but I don't know how small and tightly sealed your van is.

u/BrokenGroup · 1 pointr/TinyHouses

I've got a Mr. Heater Buddy for my tiny camper:

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

It's approved for indoor use and you can get a propane tank to hook it to that will last you months. For my camper I basically use it to take the edge off.

u/hardchargerxxx · 1 pointr/environment

WAAAAHHHHHH!

Be prepared.

indoor heat (works in Queens)

u/HippySol · 1 pointr/electricvehicles

I have one of those Mr Heater little propane heaters for camping so I put it in my car if the day should come that I NEED the heat but cant afford to turn on the cabin heat. It actually heats very well but propane also gives off a lot of humidity so it fogs the windows too. Have to heat with the windows slightly open which is a bit counter productive.

Early adopter problems, eh?

u/52electrons · 1 pointr/camping

Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_l3AxRC1yGOJWq

I have the hose attachment to hook it up to a 20lb tank but I just haven’t yet needed to as I have a stock of little green bottles to use up.

u/Extra_Intro_Version · 1 pointr/camping

This is what I use

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

Camping and in my hunting blind

In a tent, I would really only use it to warm up in morning. Or periodically before bed.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/GoRVing

Using a generator for a space heater is inefficient. It's also expensive.

If all you need is heat, go for a catalytic propane space heater. Something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

That one is expensive at $70, you can get decent models as cheap as $20 that screw onto the top of a Coleman propane cylinder.

u/EraserGirl · 1 pointr/Maine

19 hours without power...didn't get below 54 in the house..not bad. EVERY person on my block assured me this was highly unusual. I must have jinxed us. Learning my lessons as I go.

I regretted replacing the leaky old gas kitchen stove. meaning i had no serious way to make fire. I ended up putting a candle in a perforated spoon holder from ikea to make tea. and ordered a small stove Esbit Lightweight Camping Stove for Use with Solid Fuel Tablets as long as i can cook tea and ramen i can deal with nearly anything.

I immediately topped off my iphone and kindle with the laptop, and eventually used the small battery charger to recharge the iphone, though i could always charge both in the truck. I order a new battery pack charger that does everything Intocircuit® 11200mAh Power Castle Heavy Duty 5V 2A/1A Dual USB Ports External Battery Pack Charger I really don't think that eton crank radio charges iphones very well.

For the rest of the season i have my eye on a little propane heater.

u/Gift_of_Intelligence · 1 pointr/DIY

For a laptop, 130 Watts; for a radio, another 140W, for the USB, 5 Watts, for the camera, 10-15 Watts. For the heater, 1000 Watts, but we'll get to that later. While it might sound like a 350 W continuous inverter would be enough, in truth, they aren't really meant to run at maximum power, and the life expectancy will be drastically reduced. A 750 Watt inverter would be good enough to run everything except the heater.

To power the inverter, you probably want a good deep-cycle battery or two. For calculating how much battery you need, just take the wattage you need and multiply it by the time you need it to run, divide it by the Voltage (12V) and that gives you amp hours (Ah), which is a rating on any battery. You probably want to add a couple, if you calculate that you need 6 Ah, you might want to get an 8 Ah battery because the inverter and the power supplies for your electronics are not 100% efficient..

If you wire the battery(s) and the inverter together, and put them in an egg crate, it's definitely portable. But if you just want a portable drop-in solution, then a UPS may work best.

You can avoid the inverter by buying an automotive DC adapter for your laptop, a USB car adapter, and another automotive DC adapter for the camera. The total cost for all those is going to be roughly equivalent to the inverter but it massively improves the efficiency.

Now, for the heater. You're not going to practically be able to power a heater electrically with batteries. It's not efficient, and the energy density of batteries just isn't where it needs to be. I suggest bundling up, and using something like this, go to Ace hardware, etc and get naptha for fuel, (Should be about $5/quart) or this Using a 20 lb propane cylinder and a hose adapter can make it much cheaper to run.

u/codepoet82 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I'd agree with u/muelleej that propane is definitely the way to go for occasional use heat like this. I'd personally recommend a catalytic type heater instead of a direct fired burner though, as the catalytic ones don't produce carbon monoxide. Even when rated for indoor operation, they can still burn up all the oxygen in the room (most have safety shutoffs if o2 gets too low) so you'd need to keep a door or window cracked none the less, but they're a much safer alternative for indoor use.

edit: Here's an example, I have no idea if this brand or model is any good though: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_8fyCDbWPJPNC8

u/linuxhiker · 1 pointr/skoolies

Propane heater


Mr. Heater F232000 MH9BX Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Propane Radiant Heater https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_A6yDDb4CB1JKR

And for when it's hot , we hang on the Olympic peninsula

u/PabstyLoudmouth · 1 pointr/preppers

The only thing I found my self not truly prepared for was heating my home in an emergency. Thankfully the oven is gas and we just cranked up the oven and opened the door a bit. It was cold in the outside rooms but the living room and kitchen were warm. I was thinking of getting one of these as they say they are safe for indoors but I am kinda skeptical, burning propane emits CO.

u/NoReallyItsTrue · 1 pointr/Frugal

I'd recommend going on Amazon and sorting by best reviews. You really can't go wrong that way. Once you find two or three models you like, check out if those models are sold at walmart, costco, sams club, etc. first. If they're cheaper there, get them (although I seriously think Amazon's customer service makes even a slightly more expensive purchase worth it).

Although, like the others suggested, maybe go with something that's not electric? It's slightly less convenient, but a better deal (and, hey! That's sorta what we're here for, right?) but here's the highest rated space heater on Amazon currently. It's about the price of a nice electric heater, but possibly more cost effective.

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u/InvalidUserAccount · 1 pointr/preppers

We have a couple of these, one in each vehicle and they pull double duty when the power goes out in the house. Propane is cheaper, safer and easier to store for us.

This specific heater has a low oxygen and tip over auto shutoff. We also pair it with a carbon monoxide detector in each room one is running.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G51BZU/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_ex6eub1PV0R5W

u/lectures · 0 pointsr/CampingandHiking

If you're car camping in cold temperatures a lot, and have a little spare floor space and decent ventilation, a propane heater is a wonderful luxury item. Our Mr Buddy is sufficient for keeping our 10 person tent probably 20F warmer than outside. Camping with groups of friends who spend a lot of nights in the the cold, everyone who comes in our tent and experiences it winds up buying one of their own...

Burns through 2 1lb propane bottles per night, unless you have a 20lb tank w/ adapter and extension hose so you can store it outside the tent.

Again, you MUST have a vent open, though. Maybe even a battery powered CO alarm. CO poisoning is no joke.

u/MaxDimmy · -3 pointsr/CampingGear

A great thing to purchase is a mr heater. it's a heater for inside the tent, you need to slightly open some windows because it's a propane heater. If my wife is happy with the temperature at night she loves camping.
http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

u/diabolicaldon · -7 pointsr/camping

I use a Mr Heater Portable Buddy when I take my family car camping in cold weather. We use it to heat an REI Kingdom 6 which is a lot of cubic ft and it works fantastic. I know for sure one night it was below freezing but it stayed around 60F in the tent.

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F232000-Indoor-Safe-Portable/dp/B002G51BZU

I highly recommend getting the adapter so you can connect it to a large propane tank instead of one the small ones.

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-Buddy-Series-Assembly/dp/B001CFWF5U