I believe that this is perhaps the best indoor portable propane heater for emergency preparedness heating.
(Updated and Republished for your information)
During the winter, I always reevaluate my emergency backup heat sources for my home. I run through the scenario of a power outage, especially one that might last longer than just a few hours.
Why? To be sure that I have adequate sources of backup heat for keeping warm – other than my main source of home heating.
Mr. Heater Buddy
One product that I discovered (and purchased) is the ‘Mr. Heater Buddy’ (pictured above). Although having several of these is not my only source of backup heat, I have found them to be quite effective (and portable) for winter preparedness emergencies and peace of mind!
It’s a portable propane heater – indoor safe for home, cabin, garage, workshop, tent, trailer, rv, greenhouse, porches, patios, hunting blinds, etc..
(See below for how long it will run on a 20 pound tank or 1 pound cylinder of propane)
Regardless of whether you heat with oil, natural gas, LP, or electric, chances are that somewhere in the heating system is a device that requires 120-volt electrical power to operate. This might include components such as a blower fan, pumps (oil pump, water circulation pumps), electronic igniter, thermostats, etc..
The Power Might Be Out Longer Than You Think
Having said that, a common severe winter storm scenario involves electrical power outages caused by storm damage.
A power outage during a winter storm (especially an ice storm) will often last longer than you might expect due to the poor weather conditions and getting crews out there to begin repairs (getting through the snow and ice, cutting trees, limbs, repairing lines, etc.).
Most every home heating system today requires electricity, regardless of it’s fuel source (except a wood stove…).
The ‘Mr. Heater Buddy’ portable heater will function without electricity and will operate during a power outage.
Safe for Indoors
It is listed safe to use indoors (VERY important). Although I highly advise being equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. This is the model I have in my house:
Read more: Carbon Monoxide – Winter’s Silent Killer
The Mr. Heater Buddy really cranks out the heat!
Two models – one up to 9,000 BTU, the other up to 18,000 BTU.
In addition to 1 lb propane bottles, the heater can optionally connect to a barbecue grill style ’20 pound’ propane tank for a long lasting fuel source (or any propane source provided that you have the adapter hose).
I do recommend using this adapter hose with a larger tank because the 1-lb propane bottles are much more expensive (although convenient for quick portability).
Hose Attachment for 20-lb bottle:
If you do use a 20 pound (BBQ) tank, it is recommended to keep that tank outdoors. You might snake the hose through a window. Stuff a towel in the crack (to keep cold air from getting in) as you close the window on the hose.
Safety features include:
– automatic low oxygen shutoff
– accidental tip-over safety shutoff
Mr. Heater Buddy (9,000 BTU) Indoor-Safe
The 9,000 BTU model has a standard design to accept a 1-lb disposable propane bottle.
1-lb bottle: about 5 hours on low
1-lb bottle: about 2 hours on high
20-lb bottle: about 100 hours on low
20-lb bottle: about 40 hours on high
Mr. Heater Buddy (18,000 BTU) Indoor-Safe
The 18,000 BTU model will accept two 1-lb propane bottles.
(2) 1-lb bottles: about 10 hours on low
(2) 1-lb bottles: about 2 hours on high
20-lb bottle: about 100 hours on low
20-lb bottle: about 20 hours on high
Typically, you will not leave this heater on all the time. So the propane fuel consumption numbers listed here may actually last longer.
The use-case scenario may be to heat up the room (area) and then shut off the heater until needed again. Saves lots of fuel this way. The better insulation you have in your home, the longer it will take to cool down again.
During an emergency, you are better off to ration your fuel and survive in a cooler home while wearing layers of warm clothes – rather than blowing through your fuel wearing a T-shirt…
Note: This article has been updated and re-posted for your information and further comment.