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    Quote Originally Posted by voiceofreason View Post
    I have 2 Mr Heater Buddy... but my understanding it that they are NOT to be used indoors. More hunting blind type use. Looking for something for family warmth in emergency indoors.
    I recently used my Portable Buddy heater during the 3 days without power in my apartment last week in the Dallas area. The 1lb cylinders only lasted about 4 hours on low. I'm thankful I had several on hand.

    My CO sensor had recently reached its end of life, so I was a bit nervous at first, despite the indoor safe rating and reading manuals/watching reviews. I went through three 1lb cylinders indoors and never experienced a hint if ill effects. I'd still prefer to use a CO sensor, but I wouldn't hesitate to use the unit again in an emergency.
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    Although not advised, I've used Buddy heaters for years in tents all night long with no ill effects. Canvas wall tents as well as three-season poly types. Granted, these are not as airtight as a home but still. The one-pound canisters of propane last about four hours. There is also a kit sold specifically for Buddy's to attach a propane tank like one would use for an outdoor grill.

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    Used a Big Buddy with 1lbs cylinders last week when our power was out for 15hours.

    Followed the venting and do not use while sleeping instructions.

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    Have you ever thought about getting a wood stove?

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    If you move to Florida you donít need a heater.

    You should try it. Everyone else is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd.K View Post
    The buddy heater I have is indoor safe. Iíd recommend the hose to attach to a 20lb tank over a mess of the little bottles.
    This ^^^^

    Also, donít set them on linoleum as there is enough heat to discolor it. Setting on a cinder block raises it enough to prevent that. The larger one (dual cylinder) has a built in fan...which does a good job of moving air around. 6v wall wart or batteries if I recall. The dual cylinder model puts out a lot more heat.

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    I emailed them directly, this is their response:


    All of the Buddy Series heaters are indoor safe, when used with the green 1# bottles.

    Chris Rice
    Technical Service Trainer
    Enerco Group Inc.
    Last edited by voiceofreason; 03-16-21 at 22:01.

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    I didn't think about the ground as I've never used them indoors. will do the cinderblock

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    Not sure if the 1 lbs is the only way to operate the heater indoor safe or if the heater is indoor safe while sitting inside and remote connected to a 20lbs cylinder located outside. 1lbs cylinders are NFPA ok for storage in occupied indoor areas, but 20lbs cylinders are verboten for storage in occupied areas. Think of plenty of stores that sell both. 20's are in a cage outside with warmings to not bring the cylinder inside, snag an employee for cylinder swap, and so on while shelves of 1 pounders are sitting in the sporting goods section.

    There is also info in the instructions about what constitutes emergency heating and why, when, where, and how it can be used that I assume has an NFPA basis.

    Noticed these snipped from the Big Buddy instructions.

    "This heater requires a vent area of
    18 square inches (example 4.25” x
    4.25” opening) at the ceiling and at
    floor level for adequate ventilation
    during operation. Do not use other
    fuel burning appliances inside.
    • A propane-fired portable heater used
    for emergency home use shall not
    be set at an input setting in excess
    of 5,000 BTU/HR (1,466 W) when
    located in a bathroom and shall not
    be set at an input setting of more
    than 10,000 BTU/HR (2,931 W)
    when located in a bedroom. Refer to
    Specifications table for permissible
    settings.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    • When heater is placed on the ground,
    make sure the ground is level and
    keep any objects at least 24 inches
    from the front of the heater. THIS
    HEATER IS EQUIPPED WITH A TIP
    OVER SWITCH THAT WILL SHUT THE
    HEATER OFF IF THE HEATER TIPS OVER
    HOWEVER, DO NOT LEAVE HEATER
    UNATTENDED OR WHERE CHILDREN
    MAY CAUSE THE HEATER TO TIP
    OVER. NEVER OPERATE THE HEATER
    WHILE SLEEPING!"
    Last edited by jsbhike; 03-03-21 at 20:56.

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    I would hate to run a space heater from my portable generator, good old fossil fuel much better for heating. I have a small window AC unit for summer power outages, and it runs on about half the watts of an electric space heater.

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