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Small heater for tent?
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Contributors to this thread:
Mule Power 01-Sep-23
W 01-Sep-23
Nick Muche 01-Sep-23
Nick Muche 01-Sep-23
PECO2 01-Sep-23
Teeton 01-Sep-23
Scoot 01-Sep-23
Mule Power 01-Sep-23
SBH 01-Sep-23
Zbone 01-Sep-23
Nick Muche 01-Sep-23
jordanathome 01-Sep-23
jordanathome 01-Sep-23
Bigdog 21 01-Sep-23
Bigdog 21 01-Sep-23
Scoot 01-Sep-23
Mule Power 01-Sep-23
butcherboy 01-Sep-23
Rut Nut 01-Sep-23
Rut Nut 01-Sep-23
Mule Power 01-Sep-23
Rut Nut 02-Sep-23
DonVathome 02-Sep-23
Grey Ghost 02-Sep-23
cnelk 02-Sep-23
Grey Ghost 02-Sep-23
Mule Power 02-Sep-23
WV Mountaineer 02-Sep-23
Zbone 02-Sep-23
Rut Nut 04-Sep-23
WYOelker 05-Sep-23
KHNC 05-Sep-23
Scoot 05-Sep-23
WYOelker 05-Sep-23
Rut Nut 05-Sep-23
Jordan 05-Sep-23
WYOelker 05-Sep-23
WYOelker 05-Sep-23
TonyBear 05-Sep-23
Rut Nut 06-Sep-23
Denialz 15-Nov-23
Hancock West 15-Nov-23
Ambush 15-Nov-23
Keith 15-Nov-23
KsRancher 15-Nov-23
From: Mule Power
01-Sep-23
I’m looking for a little heater, probably propane, to take the chill off of my 8x8 tent in the morning. Might help dry clothes a bit too. Any suggestions? I need small and light I have a weight limit.

From: W
01-Sep-23
Buddy Heater does great in my Kodiak Canvas tent.

From: Nick Muche
01-Sep-23
For a small heater, I prefer the Glock 20.

01-Sep-23
Cook off a 10 mil round in a tent. And everyone will forget about the cold

From: Nick Muche
01-Sep-23
Tent pop

From: PECO2
01-Sep-23
Buddy Heater

From: Teeton
01-Sep-23
If your thinking of drying clothes, wouldn't you want something that more of a dry heat. Some cook stoves can take the chill out, but most produced moisture. You can buy silicone stove Jacks that are glued to the tent for $30. Then just get a small backpack stove/heater

From: Scoot
01-Sep-23
Buddy heater. Get the big buddy- works great!

From: Mule Power
01-Sep-23
I’m looking for something smaller than a Buddy Heater

From: SBH
01-Sep-23
I don't think you're gonna find one smaller than a buddy heater. You do know they make one that is about the same size as the 1lb propane bottle right? Says its good up to 95 sq ft.....

https://www.mrheater.com/little-buddy-heater.html

From: Zbone
01-Sep-23
Anybody ever use a hobo/debris stove in a tent?

From: Nick Muche
01-Sep-23

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They make small buddy heaters, I've taken them before and it worked well. Not a dry heat, but takes the chill off. Not sure you will find anything lighter and still be effective.

From: jordanathome
01-Sep-23
There was this chick once........er.....wait......forget that.........

From: jordanathome
01-Sep-23

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From: Bigdog 21
01-Sep-23
My luck she would shoot the first thing to raise up .

From: Bigdog 21
01-Sep-23
Got both down to 30 deg . Buddy works good lower I use two buddy ate one mr heater

From: Scoot
01-Sep-23
MP, is this for base camping or backpack hunting?

From: Mule Power
01-Sep-23
Getting packed in by an outfitter. There’s a chance I could pack up camp and relocate so backpacking. 18 days is a long time to camp in one spot. Nick that doesn’t look bad at all. Thanks

From: butcherboy
01-Sep-23
I have that same small buddy heater. I’m taking it with me just to take the chill off in the morning if I need to. Mostly for my 12 yr old son though.

From: Rut Nut
01-Sep-23

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You guys might want to look into the isobutane heaters. They are much smaller/lighter. I picked up one of these as a smaller/lighter alternative to the buddy heater. They even make a “mini” smaller size for backpacking.

From: Rut Nut
01-Sep-23

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From: Mule Power
01-Sep-23
Rut Nut that’s nice. Ever use one?

From: Rut Nut
02-Sep-23
I got it in early Spring and so haven’t really used it yet. Tested it out at the house when I got it and seemed to kick out quite a bit of heat.(comparable to the Little Buddy) I think for a heater to run in a tent for a little while to take the chill off or to dry some gear it would be perfect. I got it primarily for ice fishing so haven’t used it yet.

From: DonVathome
02-Sep-23
Anything that burns propane, butane etc produces moisture when burning, it can dry out clothes but not nearly like electric or wood heat. One trick is to wear wet clothes to be, they will be dry by morning. Not fun but works good for base layers.

From: Grey Ghost
02-Sep-23
My Jet Boil throws off enough heat to usually get my blood flowing, unless it's real cold.

Matt

From: cnelk
02-Sep-23

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Screw the Buddy Heater. Get the Mr Heater that you can heat or cook on. I’ve had mine for over 20 years.

Get a long hose and set the 20lb tank outside the tent. It will last over a week

From: Grey Ghost
02-Sep-23
Cnelk, I have a similar unit only with 2 burners. I love it for car camping, but I'm not sure how practical it would be for Mule Power's needs.

Matt

From: Mule Power
02-Sep-23
We don’t pack 20 pounders to the high country. I’ll be lucky to get 1 pounders up there. I have one of those. It doesn’t work anymore.

I ordered 2. The Little Buddy that Nick posted and the Campy Gear Rut Nut suggested. With the propane hose adapter I’m really versatile. I can run my JetBoil off both fuels. I can run the Campy heater off both fuels. And a little buddy will runoff propane. I think I’m set. Can’t wait to test them.

02-Sep-23
The little buddy buck posted does very well for its size. 8x8 it’ll heat it pretty well.

From: Zbone
02-Sep-23
Yeah Mule Power let us know how they do... Good Luck on your hunt...

From: Rut Nut
04-Sep-23
Good luck Joe and let us know how you make out!

From: WYOelker
05-Sep-23
I am looking at the desiel heaters. Guys are using them a ton in Ice hunts for winter ice fishing. A battery pack small solar charger and a small amount of desiel fuel will keep an ice hut warm for days in - temps. They procedure dry heat and used forced air.

I have not dropped the $ yet but have a feeling that my life will change this winter when I buy one…

From: KHNC
05-Sep-23
I use the same one Nice Duche suggested.

From: Scoot
05-Sep-23
I use the one Jordan suggested every chance I get.

From: WYOelker
05-Sep-23
I am looking at the desiel heaters. Guys are using them a ton in Ice hunts for winter ice fishing. A battery pack small solar charger and a small amount of desiel fuel will keep an ice hut warm for days in - temps. They procedure dry heat and used forced air.

I have not dropped the $ yet but have a feeling that my life will change this winter when I buy one…

From: Rut Nut
05-Sep-23
Do you have a link on the diesel heaters? That’s a new one on me..................

From: Jordan
05-Sep-23
Nice Duche? Damn...........zing!

From: WYOelker
05-Sep-23
https://www.amazon.com/SILVEL-Portable-Monitor-Control-Motorhome/dp/B0B4291HYB/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?adgrpid=59719010152&hvadid=410052135050&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9029305&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=b&hvrand=1120176202654057740&hvtargid=kwd-295945733253&hydadcr=18788_11281089&keywords=12v+diesel+heater&qid=1693943730&sr=8-1-spons&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.f5122f16-c3e8-4386-bf32-63e904010ad0&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9zZWFyY2hfYXRm&psc=1

From: WYOelker
05-Sep-23

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I will be doing this set up or very close when I build… but I will be running a smaller fuel tank, the pump will be insulated for noise and the battery will be a Jackery unit or it will be a smaller Dakota lithium. All to make it smaller and more portable…

From: TonyBear
05-Sep-23
Is the tent, blind, etc. designed for use with an open flame heater? I double checked a few pieces of equipment and a sample of the material went foof, flame on. If possible, I set up in a portable fish house made for being heated. The insulated variety has kept me warm on a few 10 degree nights

Good luck out there.

From: Rut Nut
06-Sep-23
Thanks WYOelker- that looks interesting but I am trying to downsize so that would not be an option for me.

From: Denialz
15-Nov-23
The Campy Gear Chubby 2-in-1 Heater and FireHiking LEVA tent stove is another excellent option. It's a bit heavier than the Little Buddy at 5 pounds, but it doubles as a stove, making it a versatile choice for camping trips. It puts out 9,000 BTUs of heat, so it can effectively warm your tent and provide cooking power.

From: Hancock West
15-Nov-23
I have the heater Nick mentioned above. It works great for my elevated ground blind but it might go thru a bottle a night. Maybe more

From: Ambush
15-Nov-23
Does nobody use white gas anymore? A Coleman white gas lantern, lit from your sleeping bag provides light and heat. The fuel is way less bulky than propane. A white gas camp stove can throw a ton of heat. The Inuit use both in their tents in sub zero weather.

From: Keith
15-Nov-23
Ditto on the gas lantern. The fuel is reasonable priced if you have a duel fuel lantern that can burn unleaded gas.

From: KsRancher
15-Nov-23
Just bought a heater buddy. Got the filter and hose adapter to hook up to 20lb bottle. Hopefully it keeps the tent warm next week during my dad's Colorado 4th season elk hunt.

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