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Date:         Mon, 13 Mar 2006 18:04:58 -0500
Reply-To:     Richard Golen <rgolen@UMASSD.EDU>
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From:         Richard Golen <rgolen@UMASSD.EDU>
Subject:      Re: Thoughts on Mr. Heater Buddy?
Comments: To: Geza Polony <gezapolony@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
In-Reply-To:  <vanagon%2006031317352644@GERRY.VANAGON.COM>
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I just tried my Mr. Heater "Buddy" for the first time last weekend. I have the larger unit that has the capacity of two cans of propane. The outside temperature was 20 degrees F, and I ran the unit on the medium setting. It kept the van at roof level (top down) at 70 degrees and 60 degrees at the lower bunk level.

I kept the unit on the floor near the front seats facing backwards. For a while I tried it on the small table between the two front seats, however, the roof and the top frame became really hot!! I put it on the floor closer to the bunk for a while, but the edge of the mattress got hot as well.

As far as any issues regarding CO, the unit is supposed to have a fuel cut off if the oxygen level gets too low. I installed a CO detector in the van just in case. I kept one of the sliding windows open about 3/4 of an inch during the night and the CO detector did not go off.

Hope this helps...


At 05:26 PM 3/13/2006, Geza Polony wrote: >Just got my new Mr Heater "Buddy" off Ebay, fired it up, wife says--No Way. >I was thinking we could use it to heat up the van while stopped and while >awake, like on cold evenings and cold mornings. > >Anybody use these in the Vanagons? > >It's written all over that they're intended for indoor use, including in >tents, which is why I bought it in the first place. You barely touch it and >the thing shuts off, and it has a low-oxygen sensor that shuts the flame off >as well. > >Her point is that in close quarters (us, pit bull, 10 year old kid, usual >camping mess in the V) a piece of cloth or something could fall in, start a >fire, and toast us all for good. > >A penny for your thoughts. (And a lot more if you agree with MOI.) (Grrrr.) > >C'mon, guys! > >Geza

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