707 of 720 people found the following review helpful
Great product -- I've used them for years,
PERFORMANCE IN COLD WEATHER
For the past 5 years, I've used the Big Buddy heaters to heat two small cabins, 200 sq feet each, with vaulted ceilings. Without the Big Buddy, my primary cabin averages 37 F in the winter, and my studio averages 35 F. With the Big Buddy, I can keep either cabin at a toasty 65 to 70 F. In the past, I used the smaller Mr. Buddy for years to heat a tent in winter for 2 weeks at a time while working in the mountains.
How long to heat a space?
Cabin: From full cold (37 to 45 F indoors), it feels like it takes forever to heat 200 sq feet on low. On high, my cabin is toasty warm in about 10 to 12 minutes. The heater then keeps the space too warm, so I have to turn it down to low, or start cycling it on and off every hour.
Tent: It never heats the tent;... Read more
100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Works great, but read the directions carefully!!!,
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This review is from: Mr. Heater MH18B, Portable Propane Heater (Home)This heater is great once you learn how to use it. It's not as easy as just turn a knob, there's a process to it. However, once you learn it it works great. We have a 25lb propane tank hooked up to it with the hose kit accessory. If you're going this route, ensure you release the gas out of the gas line before turning it off. Otherwise the seals will wear out and it won't last very long. You can do this by simply turning off the gas propane tank FIRST and letting the heater burn off the gas until it goes out. Then rotate it to the off position and it's good to go. The kit hooks up perfectly and easily inside the unit where the small green cylinders usually go.
I knocked off a star because of the fan feature. It has just an on and off setting. I don't recommend using batteries because they don't last long (8hrs max) and it's very quiet, so it's easy to forget that it's on even after turning it off. Suggestion: add some sort of timer feature to the on off switch... Read more
197 of 205 people found the following review helpful
What you should know.,
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This review is from: Mr. Heater MH18B, Portable Propane Heater (Home)With the now hundreds of reviews for this item, what can I say that has not already been published about this heater? I have few things. First, I also own the Portable Buddy and while it is a good heater, it has its draw backs. The first thing I like better in comparison is the control knob of the Big Buddy, it's very smooth and ignites readily, it's also responsive and seems like it is better quality than the Portable Buddy unit. The handle is solid and does not fold down. The legs of the unit are soft rubber and non-adjustable. For a heater this size (I actually did gasp when I first got it, compared to the Little buddy) I think it would have been a plus. Having spoke about the legs, they are very soft and should play nice on wood floors. The unit is not very heavy and is easily carried with its sturdy handle. I'll say the fan is more gimmick than functional, but it does help throw out the heat to a degree. Do not expect blower style air out of the fan, it can run off of D cell... Read more