‘Mr. Buddy Heater’ for Winter Survival Preparedness

October 3, 2012, by Ken Jorgustin


Mr. Heater Buddy

…A cold weather heater backup for home, cabin, garage, shelter, tent, or whatever. It is that time of year again, when we in the northern hemisphere begin to think about heating our homes in the winter. For those survival-preparedness-minded folks, we also think about what we would do for heat in the event of a power outage.

Regardless of if you use oil or natural gas to heat your home, chances are that somewhere in the heating system is a device that requires 120-volt electrical power to run; things such as a blower fan, oil pump, a water circulation pump, electronic igniter, thermostat, etc… With the winter nearly upon us, our preparedness plans and purchases will shift somewhat to accommodate the season. Not only is it about gathering up extra food, but it’s about preparing for the c-c-c-cold.

The following portable heater is not expensive (considering what it does), it is safe to use indoors (this is VERY important), it cranks out the heat, it can be optionally connected to a barbeque-grill style ’20 pound’ propane tank for a long lasting fuel source, and it will provide life saving heat for as long as you have propane… Don’t expect it to heat your entire house, but it will do a decent job in a room or two.

Mr. Heater Buddy 4,000-9,000-BTU Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater

Mr. Heater Buddy Safety

Although it is becoming ‘law’ in many states, you should have a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in your home for safety. The heater is approved for indoor/outdoor use; clean-burning; nearly 100-percent efficient, and has auto shut-off if tipped over, if pilot light goes out, or if detects low oxygen levels.

Mr. Heater Buddy Propane Fuel Consumption

The heater comes with a standard design to use the typical disposable 1 lb. metal bottles. The Buddy Heater will put out 4,000 BTU’s on low and 9,000 BTU’s on high. An estimated fuel usage is 22,000 BTU’s per one pound of fuel. That means that one disposable bottle will operate 5.5 hours on low. A 20 lb. tank (with the proper hose attachment) will operate approximately 110 hours, or 4 and 1/2 days on low!


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